In a circular letter signed by Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, the Auxiliary Bishop, an invitation coming from the Biblical Apostolate of the Archdiocese together with the Family and Life Apostolate was sent to the different Bible animators, Family Life workers, Catechists, BEC Coordinators and Youth, and various religious organizations and movements (CFC, WE, ME, CFM and other such groups) of the different parishes and chaplaincies of the Archdiocese to celebrate the First Family Bible Congress. The congress was celebrated last 17 January, Saturday. It started at 1:00 PM and ended at 5:00 PM. The St. Therese Gym of the St. Therese Parish in Dagupan City was the venue of the congress.

The congress’ objectives and rationale were the following:  to celebrate the centrality of the Word of God in the life of the Christian family and that the Word of God will be the bond of unity in the family. Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba DD was main speaker of the event. Fr. Fidelis B. Layog, the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate Director, said that about 300 delegates were expected to attend the first Family Bible Congress. The attendance was more than what was expected. Fr. Winston Estrada, the Apostolate Director of the Familyl and Life Apostolate, also spoke to the almost 500 delegates who enthusiastically celebrated the congress, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese.

At the same time, the congress became an occasion for the Archdiocese to celebrate  NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK with its theme: MAY THEY BE ONE! Msgr. Mayugba spoke about the congress as an opportunity for the different ministries and apostolates of the Archdiocese to work towards a concerted and collaborated effort of building our BECs that have families grounded on the Word of God, with all group working as one.

In a special note the congress also launched the availability of the  subsidized bible (P50.00 only) for poor families in cooperation with the Episcopal Commission of the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) in its program of bringing ” 5 MILLION BIBLES for 5 MILLION FAMILIES in 5 YEARS!” In the congress, Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, grouped the participants for a workshop-sharing. They reflected on two questions with regard to the role of the Bible in the Family: “What good are we doing?” and “What do we need to do more?” The responses of the delegates were both hopeful and inspiring.

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