PBS participates ECBA National Biblical Workshop

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Koronadal, S. Cotabato – The 21st National Biblical Workshop was held last February 23 to 26 at Koronadal City (formerly Marbel), South Cotabato. With the emphatic theme: “Strengthening the Family through the Word and the Eucharist,” this biennial workshop was spearheaded by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate. Currently headed by Most Rev. Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS D.D. (ECBA Chairman and Bishop of Cabanatuan ), and Dr. Natividad Pagadut (ECBA Executive Secretary), CBCP-ECBA is one of the major church partners of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) in advancing the Bible cause in the country, alongside PCEC, NCCP, PJM, and other independent churches.
 
The said workshop’s theme also reinforces the objective of this year’s National Bible Week theme: “God’s Word: Hope for the Family, Strength of the Nation.” Also, this reflects the theme of the recently concluded International Eucharist Congress held in Cebu: ‘The Year of the Eucharist and of the Family.’ During one of the talks, PBS Member of the Board and Bishop of Kalookan, Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D. underscored in his homily on ‘The Word of God as Covenant Bond’; “These (10) commandments which sum up the Torah are, in essence, family regulations… They are the shared rules whose observance was most essential for building the kind of community that could strengthen the family, rules that could keep them together. In the Gospels, Jesus would sum up these family rules into two basic commandments: “Love of God above all,” and “Love of Neighbour as Oneself.”
 
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Among the main participants are distinguished Roman Catholic church leaders Most Rev. Sofronio Bancud, SSS, D.D., Most Rev. Renato Mayugba (Bishop, Diocese of Laoag, Bishop Member, ECBA, and former member of the PBS Board of Trustees ), Most Rev. Victor Ocampo, D.D. (Bishop, Diocese of Gumaca), Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D., and Most. Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez, D.D. (Bishop, Diocese of Marbel) who though being sick also challenged all the participants to commit themselves to the ministry of the Word of God. A welcome dinner was hosted by the Diocese of Marbel and the local government of Koronadal City headed by Mayor Peter B. Miguel. Furthermore, through a video message, His Eminence, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D. challenged everyone that the Word of God should inspire all the Commissions of the CBCP.
 
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Delegates mainly composed of Roman Catholic priests, nuns, seminarians, catechists, laity, and affiliates from different Philippine regions flocked to the Villa Amor Hotel as workshop venue, which was also participated in by PBS representatives Associate General Secretary Mrs. Perry Cartera, Publishing Manager Ptr. Edgar Ebojo, Scripture Engagement Officer Mrs. Princess Relopez, and Special Distribution Project Coordinator Mr. Nestor Reyes. On the second day of the workshop, PBS-AGS Mrs. Cartera gave a powerpoint presentation on the ‘May They Be One’ Bible campaign which reported a distribution of 488,516 copies of MTBO Bibles in 2016, and a total number of 1,962,588 MTBO Bibles distributed from years 2008 to 2015. The MTBO Bible campaign aims to distribute 5M Bibles to poor families in the Philippines. It is in this light that PBS and ECBA continue to work together in making the Word of God the very core of their annual themes in achieving their mutually-shared vision and mission of bringing every Filipino family ever closer to God through His Word.
 
 
 

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society