PREX still brings ‘life-changing experiences’ to many – priest

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PREX organizers and guests with their spiritual director, Fr. Abel Sampana (seated) during the second day of the seminar, Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish, Guiguinto, Bulacan, Nov. 7, 2015 (Photo: CBCP News)

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Nov. 9, 2015 – A priest has observed how the Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) continues to bring powerful and moving experiences of Jesus to the faithful, especially those far from the Church.

“PREX is actually not an organization but a spiritual formation that is considered as a new way of life in seeing Christ in others. It’s a revival of one’s commitment as he strengthens his sense of belongingness to his parish and his Catholic faith,” said Fr. Abel Sampana, parish priest of Sta. Rita de Cascia.

Better understanding of Scripture

He has observed how “life-changing and moving each PREX seminar is to the faithful and most of all, to the unchurched”.

According to Joven Joaquin, Sta. Rita de Cascia parish’s PREX head coordinator, the parish held its 36th PREX seminar from Nov. 6 to 8 at the Msgr. Andres Valera hall where more parishioners who would want to “renew their faith in Jesus Christ” were able to participate in the three-day activity held every two months.

“PREX enabled me to have a better understanding of the Word of God and allowed me to be of service to Him and His people. After attending our PREX seminar years ago, I was able to discover the gift God gave me and be an active lector and commentator of our parish,” shared Gemma Almiñana, a lay volunteer.

Personal sharing

“PREX is a humbling experience that lets you have a deeper encounter with the Lord,” said Eddie Anastacio and Ver Dimanlig when asked about their impression of PREX classes over the years. “We are overwhelmed with how participants would react everytime we declare our experiences of God’s love and miracles.”

The said laymen were the seminar’s guest sharers who both come from San Pascual Baylon Parish in Obando, Bulacan.

“It is said that PREX is not an organization, but it is good to be organized – at the parish level, at the diocesan level and at the national level,” noted Manny and Abel Gaite, National Association of Parish PREX Secretariats (NAPPS) president and current national chair couple in a document. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)

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