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CFC Leaders Attend National Convention on Family and Life
Thursday, July 30, 2015

IN preparation for the various Church events in 2016, and to lay down the responses to Pope Francis' challenge to the Filipino families, the Episcopal Commission on Family and life (ECFL) convened the clergy, religious, lay communities and parish workers involved in the family and life ministry in the National Convention on Family and Life last July 16 to 18, 2015 at the Summit Circle Hotel in Cebu City. The Convention also presented the ECFL Pastoral Plans and Initiatives for the next years and discussed as well the coming 2016 Year of the Family and the Eucharist.

International Council members George Campos and wife Cynthia; Rouquel Ponte and wife Nina; Jimmy Ilagan and wife Lorna; and Manny Garcia and wife Ditas, plus other CFCs from the various Dioceses attended the NCFL. George Campos was one of the presenters for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

On Day 1, Fr. Miguel Garcia, SSS, Executive Secretary and member of the CBCP permanent Committee on the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), gave an orientation on the IEC, which is set to happen on January 24 to 31, 2016 in Cebu.

On Day 2, in his Keynote Address, His Excellency Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President and Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, enumerated the various events in the Philippine Church which will happen next year—the silver anniversary of the convocation of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Archbishop Villegas exhorted the delegates on the significance of the Convention with the milestone events of 2016, saying, “If we want renewal, we must learn to kneel again.”

He encouraged the faithful to kneel in repentance for renewal in the Jubilee Year of Mercy; to kneel to adore for renewal in the Year of the Eucharist; to kneel and wash each other’s feet for renewal in the Year of the Family; and to be kneeling missionaries for renewal in the Philippine Church.

This set the tone for the day, as the delegates listened to responses on the Extraordinary Synod of the Family.

Day 3 saw the meeting of the Family and Life Diocesan Directors and the Heads of National Organizations regarding the 2016 Year of the Eucharist and Family, and the World Meeting of Families on September 22 to 25, 2015, happening in Philadelphia, USA.

At the end of the Convention, the Most Reverend Gilbert Garcera, DD, Bishop of the Dioceses of Daet, led the celebration of the Pontifical Eucharistic Concelebrated Mass. (CFC Docu Team)



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