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GLEC 2: Rediscovering the “Joy of Evangelization”
Thursday, February 13, 2014
CFC leaders from the International, Philippine and Metro Manila Missions gathered at the Landbank Plaza in Manila, Philippines for a two-day convention to talk about CFC in the light of new evangelization.

The 2nd CFC Global Leaders Empowerment Convention (GLEC), with the theme "The Joy of Evangelization" encourages the CFC leadership to 'go into the deep' and 'mend their nets' as far as evangelization is concerned. Moreover, the GLEC likewise challenged the leaders to ‘leave everything behind’ as they trust God to bring the community through victories in mission.

The event formally opened with the celebration of the Holy Mass by Bishop Jesse Mercado of the Diocese of Parañaque.  In his homily, he spoke about the significance of the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism. 

“The Baptism of the Lord is another epiphany, a manifestation.  It is the beginning of the Lord’s public ministry.  Through his baptism, Jesus aligns Himself with us (sinners) even if He himself is sinless in order to say that God is with us.”

After the Mass, Jun Clarito of CFC Canada led everyone to a powerful opening worship.

International Council member and Pastoral Formation Director Jun Uriarte, delivered the first session titled “CFC in the New Evangelization”. Uriarte identified the three main areas of new evangelization: to those who are already in ministry, to those who have been baptized but having no meaningful relationship with the Church, and those who do not know or have rejected Jesus Christ and his teachings. He also presented three approaches for dialogue that CFC can utilize in the context of new evangelization—inter-religious dialogue, inculturation and through dialogue with the poor.  

“There is a Marian “style” to the Church’s work of evangelization… This interplay of justice and tenderness, of contemplation and concern for others, is what makes the ecclesial community look to Mary as a model of evangelization.”

In the afternoon, Joe Aquilina, Country Head of CFC Malta, led the worship, encouraging all, “As we worship the Lord this afternoon, let us try to reach for the skies!” What followed was a series of workshops: Inculturation & building a global face of CFC (facilitator: Bro. Israel Silud, CFC China, Country Head); Building and Strengthening Relationships with the Clergy as Evangelization Partners (Facilitator:  Bro. Shok Ariola, CFC Church Integration Office Coordinator); Re-defining CFC’s Global Evangelization Strategy and Priorities (Facilitator: Bro. Eric de los Reyes, CFC Canada Country Coordinator). Afterwards, the output of the workshops were presented to the plenary.

After the CFC Global Leaders Empowerment Convention at the Landbank Plaza, the GLEC participants trooped to The Orchidarium at the Rizal Park in Manila for an evening of fellowship. The management of the Rizal Park welcomed the foreign delegates with a series of Filipino cultural performances. The delegates also came in costumes representing their respective countries. (CFC Docu Team)




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