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CFC Caribbean: Called to Love More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THIS YEAR’S theme was a call to “Love More”, and this was the same theme and spirit that permeated the 16th CFC-Caribbean Conference held recently at Trinidad and Tobago. A total of 468 delegates from the entire spectrum of the CFC family—from couples to singles to the very youngattended the conference.

As early as two days before, the conference started for the young people with an opening reggae party, taking on the Love Revolution theme. The YFC Cross Culture Team from the United States served during the entire event, headed by the former Caribbean fulltime pastoral workers Jonathan and Erika Lumamba. It was a week of rallying the young people to such the love revolution and reunion through the sessions, workshops, confession, team building and worship.

The other Family Ministries such as Handmaids of the Lord had their own festive event the whole day the next day, celebrating the “Colours of Love”. On Friday night, the CFC Conference was formally opened with a parade of the different colorful flags from each island. Dr. Neil Peters, National Director of Trinidad and Tobago, gave the welcome remarks, followed by the Holy Mass celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Nicolas Girasoli. The night was filled with God’s abundance as the delegates enjoyed the bountiful meal and fellowship.

It was a jam-packed Saturday for everyone, especially the Singles for Christ and Kids for Christ who had their whole-day conference. The Youth for Christ, on the other hand, had their sportsfest, while the Couples for Christ gathered together for three Love More Conference sessions. The evening of Saturday was a wrap up for a very spirit-filled day, as the entire community gathered and celebrated the Lord’s Day. Everyone was filled to the brim, not only with spiritual nourishment, but with entertainment too.

On the last day, the remaining sessions about “LOVE” and “LOVE MORE” were given by Joe and Monina Duran, Regional Coordinators of CFC Caribbean. It was not just a sunny Sunday morning, but an ‘On Fire’ Sunday, because everyone was in their red shirts, symbolizing their readiness to love more. The entire conference concluded with the Mass celebrated by the Chief Celebrant Auxiliary Bishop Robert Llanos.

In his homily, His Excellency emphasized that the families and its entire structure are under attack from many sectors of society. He said that “Everyone is going farther and further away from the truth, many are being disillusioned and brainwashed away from building and proclaiming the truth of the Gospel.”

Citing the Gospel of John 6:1-15, Bishop Llanos stated that man is very hungry and thirsty and tired in mind and heart. He said that “The Lord is calling us to sit with Him and be sustained at the table of the Word through His body and blood. He is calling us to love more but with more faith, everyone has to share, everyone has to partake, everyone will have more than enough”, he added. Bishop Lllanos also said that CFC is strong as a community and should have no fear of such attacks against the family.

To reaffirm the participants’ love for their spouses, CFC spiritual director Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt officiated at a very heart-warming renewal of their marriage vows.

It was truly a week of renewal with the Lord, with everyone all excited to Love More, returning to their respective islands with that conviction, and looking forward to next year’s CFC Conference to be held in the Diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Mabelle Dimayuga, CFC Missionary)



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