Prison Chaplains, volunteers hold 9th general assembly

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MANILA, Dec. 6, 2013—Around 200 delegates from 39 dioceses and 5 non-government organizations are expected to attend 9th General Assembly of chaplains and volunteers in prison service at the Carmelites Missionaries Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay City, December 10-14. 

Themed “Be a Joyful Witness to the Gospel”, the triennial assembly aims to increase the participants’ awareness on the latest development in field of criminal justice system especially the area of correction.    

The assembly hopes to solidify and strengthen partnership among all the prison volunteers and chaplains in the country, and to come out with the prison ministry agenda of each unit for the 2014-2016. 

Resource speakers include Msgr. Allen Aganon of the San Carlos Seminary who will dwell on the topic “On the New Evangelization”; Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Chair of the CBCP-Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, who will talk on “Integral Faith Formation: Be Joyful Witness to the Gospel”; J/Chief Supt. Doris Dorigo, BJMP Deputy Director on Operations and Administration who will give an Update and Developments in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; and PSupt. IV Venancio Tesoro of the Bureau of Correction who will share on the Bureau of Corrections Development.    

Aside from talks, a Focus Group Discussion will also be conducted to share the delegates’ insights on the topics.    

Films that tackle issues affecting jails and prisons like POSAS and Give up Tomorrow will also be shown. 

Imus Bishop Rey Evangelista, will open the assembly while Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead the closing ceremony. Bishop Pedro Arigo of the Apostolic Vicariate of Palawan, Bishop Leo Tumulak, Military Vicar and chair of the commission and Bishop Emeritus Manuel Sobreviñas of the Diocese of Imus will also preside in the mass on December 11, 12 and 13 respectively.  (CBCPNews)


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