SOLANA, Cagayan, March 22, 2011?More than 200 parishioners from the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao and suffragan dioceses of Ilagan and Bayombong and the vicariate of Tabuk participated in a two-day Bible Congress here, vowing to live and help spread the Word of God in their respective areas.
The parishioners, in their statement of commitment to spread Godâ€™s Word, promised to undertake the continuous formation and study of the Word, and the proclamation of the unchanging message of God in a changing time.
They have also committed to establish linkages and collaboration with other dioceses, commissions and pool resource persons in order to further the apostolate of spreading the Word of God in the mission of â€˜changing the face of the earthâ€™ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Resource persons include Lingayen-Dagupan Auxiliary Bishop Renato Mayugba and ECBA executive secretary Fr. Oscar Alunday who spoke on Verbum Domini; Fr. Fredel Agatep on The Evangelization of the Metropolitan See of Tuguegarao: Historical Perspective; Msgr. Gerard Ariston Perez, vicar forane of the Itawes Vicariate and chairman of the Family and Life Apostolate of Tuguegarao on The Role of the Word of God in the Vision, Mission and Goal of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.
Tuguegarao Archbishop Diosdado A. Talamayan and Auxiliary Bishop Ricardo Baccay urged everyone to continue and not get tired in living and spreading the Word of God.
Talamayan emphasized that faith comes from what is heard and what is heard of is from God.
â€œFor man to become what he hears, he has to proclaim what he hears. And so, man has to listen and grasp the word that shapes his life,â€ the archbishop said.
In spreading the word of God even in these trying times, it is necessary that everyone follows the precepts of justice and fairness, and of love to win the hearts and minds of the people and be under the graces of God, he added.
It is important that in all the parishes and dioceses, adults and children are catechized, he said.
The congress was the first Bible Congress conducted by the Metropolitan See of Tuguegarao through the leadership of Rev. Msgr. Danny B. Ulep, archdiocesan director of the Biblical Apostolate.
Leticia A. Doctolero, chairman of the Volunteers in Prison (VIPs) apostolate, led volunteers in providing manpower and assistance to Congressâ€™ organizers. (Purita Licas/CBCPNews)