A LETTER FROM THE CBCP BEC NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
September 22, 2005
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord,
Greetings of peace and joy in
Jesus our Lord! Today we conclude our
three day CBCP-BEC National Assembly in
We rejoice that since the 1970s our major pastoral contribution to the renewal of the Church and of society has been the building of Basic Ecclesial Communities in various parts of the country. In today’s gathering of 67 dioceses, we have shared experiences of failures and successes, of anxieties and joys. Yet our path of renewal is lighted with deep faith and hope. Our faith is deeply inspired as we witness the commitment of many of our clergy, religious and lay people in thousands of BECs all over the country to serve as a leaven within the church as well as in society. We are filled with hope in the success stories of BECs in inter-religious dialogue, in new participatory ways of church governance, in preferential service to the poor, in co-responsible action for mission. These are truly inspiring ways of authentic discipleship of the Lord, of communion with the Lord and with one another.
We encourage you dear brothers and sisters who live and work out your religious faith in the thousands of BECs all over our land. No matter how isolated you seem to be in far flung barangays, the Word of God that you share weekly, the Eucharist that you celebrate regularly, the BEC activities that you do faithfully – are signs of unity and strength shared with BECs everywhere. The love and care of the Lord is with you. And all this in order to rebuild his house, renew his Church.
May the reflections that we shall
share with you in our Final Statement help sustain your efforts to build and
strengthen your BECs. Let us together push forward
in our one mission of transforming our cultures and our society with the
eternal values of the Gospel and of the
For and on behalf of the CBCP-BEC National Assembly,
+Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Cotabato
Chairman, CBCP-BEC National Office