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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: WELCOME!
    Descriptive info: .. home.. about us.. directory.. members.. offices.. documentation centre.. publications.. inside FABC.. picture gallery.. links.. events.. The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).. is a voluntary association of episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, established with the approval of the Holy See.. Its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good.. NEWS ARCHIVES.. OHD Interim Executive Secretary Appointed.. The FABC Central Committee has appointed on October 22, 2013 Fr.. Bonnie Mendez as the Interim Executive Secretary of FABC Office of Human development.. Father Mendez is based in Faisalabad, Pakistan, has served as executive secretary of the same office from 1980-83.. 051113.. Former FABC-OESC Executive Secretary Passes On.. Fr.. Vicente Cajilig, OP the former executive secretary of FABC-Office of Education and Student Chaplaincy (OESC) for 19 years (1990-2009) passed away unexpectedly last August 05, 2013.. The office was renamed Office of Education and Faith Formation (OEFF) together with the creation a new FABC Office for Clergy.. May he rest in peace.. 070813.. Renewed Biblical Apostolate for New Evangelization.. The FABC Office of Evangelization will organize the Fourth Bishop's Institute for Biblical Apostolate (BIBA IV) on the theme Crossing the Borders: Renewed Biblical Apostolate for New Evangelization.. The gathering will be held from December 5-7, 2013 in the Camillian Pastoral Center, Bangkok, Thailand.. 250713.. Click.. here.. for details.. 50 Years of Inter Mirifica: Asian Communication Challenges.. The 18th annual gathering of Asian communication bishops will consider.. Inter Mirifica.. and its relation to the Church in Asia.. This year's communication gathering will be held in Phonm Penh, Cambodia from November 11-16.. 020713.. Final Statement on the Formation of Well-Developed Priests for the Continent of Asia.. The Office of Clergy organized an internal seminar for bishops and formators on the theme Formation of Positive, Integral, and Humanly Well-Developed Priests for the continent of Asia.. " The seminar was held in Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand from May 6-11.. 2013 and was participated in by several bishops and priests from 10 countries in Asia.. 280513.. Final Statement.. Second BILA on Family organized.. The Office of Laity and Family organized the second Bishops Institute for Laity Apostolate from April 20-24, 20013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.. The second BILA on family dealt with the theme Families in Asia, serving and being served.. 140513.. Conference Report.. AsIPA International Training Workshop.. The Asian Integrated Pastoral Approach (AsIPA) Desk of the Office of Laity and Family of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences will organize three International Training Workshops from 7 to 12 October, 2013.. The venue will be in the Camillian Social Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok, Thailand.. The training workshops are open to Episcopal Commissions for Small Christian Communities (SCC) / Basic Christian Communities (BCC), and the different Diocesan and National SCC/BCC teams.. 110413.. Conference of Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders in Asia.. The FABC-Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA) has released the report and final statement of the recent Conference of Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders in Asia.. The meeting held in Jakarta Feb 25-March 1, 2013 was jointly organized by OEIA, the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), International Conference of Muslim Scholars (ICIS), the Indonesian Catholic Bishops Conference (KWI), and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI).. 220313.. Final Statement.. FABC-OSC 17th Annual Bishops' Meet.. on Spirituality.. The FABC-OSC organized the 17th annual Bishops Meet this year at Surat Thani Diocesan Pastoral Centre (Thailand) from Nov 12-17.. More than 20 bishops in-charge for social communication and their secretaries/ national media directors, guests and resource persons were in attendance.. The theme Spirituality: Foundation for Christian Communication stressed the need of a genuine spirituality for effective communication ministry.. It also reinforced again the understanding of social communication as one that requires not only technical skills but, more importantly, the communicative disposition of the Master of Communication Jesus Christ Himself.. 301212.. Final Considerations.. Message of the FABC 10th Plenary Assembly Released.. The Message of FABC 10th Plenary Assembly is now available.. The message reflects the proceeding and reflections of the gathering of Asian bishops which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the foundation of FABC.. 281212.. Read Message.. Vietnam.. Diocese Grateful for Miracle of Hosting 10th FABC Plenary Assembly.. Hosting the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) was a wish come true for officials of Xuan Loc diocese.. Cardinal John-Baptist Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh broached the idea of hosting the gathering of Church leaders from around Asia four years ago when he inaugurated the buildings in Phase I of the construction plan for the Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre complex east of Ho Chi Minh City.. 271212.. More.. Japan Archbishop Lists National and Global Threats to Life.. Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga of Osaka highlighted natural and human-made threats to life in his report to the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) 10th Plenary Assembly as president of the Catholic bishops' Conference of Japan.. The report presented by Archbishop Takami Mitsuaki of Nagasaki to the FABC's Dec.. 13 plenary session cited the destruction wrought by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on Japanese communities and compounding problems the Fukushima Nuclear Plant has inflicted on his people.. 171212.. South Korean Bishop Apologizes for War Crimes in Vietnam.. Korean bishop attending the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) here has apologized for war atrocities committed by South Korean troops during the conflict that Americans refer to as the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War.. In a private intervention at the assembly on Dec.. 13, Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, South Korea, apologized to the Vietnamese people for the 5,000 civilians whom Korean troops summarily killed between 1968 and 1974.. According to various sources, the South Korean forces also killed more than 40,000 Vietnamese in military actions.. Cardinal Tong Urges Prayers for China-Vatican Relations.. Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has urged fellow delegates at the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) to support and pray for the successful resolution of strained relations between the Holy See and the government of mainland China through dialogue.. May I ask for your prayers to bring us help to resolve the difficulties encountered in China-Vatican relations? Cardinal Tong asked during his homily at a Mass on Dec.. 13, the third full day of the assembly.. 161212.. Document: Homily of Vietnam s Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man.. Cardinal John-Baptist Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City has shared with fellow bishops of Asia his perspective and approach to accompanying Vietnam s people as they work to rebuild their lives and reunify their nation after war ended with the victory of communist forces in 1975.. Cardinal Man offered his reflections during a Mass that he led on Dec.. 12, the second full day of the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) at Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre, part of a large compound of the Catholic diocese of Xuan Loc in Dong Nai Province, east of Ho Chi Minh City.. FABC Bishops Identify Challenges for New Evangelization.. Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), opened the second full day of the 10th FABC Plenary Assembly on Dec.. 12 with a summary of the working paper written by his predecessor Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, Philippines.. The 30-page text, whose title is based on the assembly theme, FABC at Forty Years - Responding to the Challenges of Asia: A New Evangelization, outlines the federation's history and highlights the theme of every previous plenary assembly, the FABC's highest governing body.. Small Churches of Asia Offer Many Lessons at FABC Plenary Assembly.. The second day of the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) was especially interesting and informative for bishops attending such an event for the first time, because it gave them a chance to learn about other Churches of Asia.. On Dec.. 12, as participants offered reactions to the assembly s working paper, Responding to the Challenges of Asia: The New Evangelization, they described the local Churches in which they are serving.. Some new-comers to this kind of FABC event belong to bishops conferences that are full members of the federation.. Other first-timers are from small local Churches without an episcopal conference, so they represent places that are FABC associate members.. 141212.. Dreams of FABC Pioneers Offer Lessons for Today s Asian Church Leaders.. Delegates and guests attending the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) have heard how the dreams of a few Asian bishops combined with the openness of Pope Paul VI to empower Catholic bishops of Asia to work together during the past four decades.. The participants arrived on Dec.. 10 for their gathering, which was held on a large compound of the Catholic diocese of Xuan Loc, east of Ho Chi Minh City.. 11, the first full day of the assembly marking the FABC s 40th anniversary, they heard about the federation s origins and witnessed the Vietnam Church announcing that it aims to be a strong voice for the FABC in the future.. FABC Welcomes Timor Leste as Its Newest Member.. The Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), which opened its 10th Plenary Assembly on Dec.. 11 in Xuan Loc, Vietnam, has formally welcomed the bishops conference of Timor Leste as the newest full member of the federation.. Timor Leste previously had only two dioceses Dili, which was established in 1940, and Baucau, in 1996.. However, three dioceses were needed to form a bishops conference, so Timor Leste could join the FABC only as an associate member.. However, when Maliana diocese was established in 2010, the door was opened for this country of about one million people to form its own bishops conference this year and thereby qualify as a full member of the FABC.. As the youngest member of the FABC, Timor Leste plans to follow and adopt the FABC s pastoral ideas and methodology in responding to the different pastoral realities that the bishops conference now faces.. This new FABC member intends to integrate FABC teachings into its upcoming pastoral plan since the lessons offered by the FABC truly reflect Asian realities and the signs of the time.. The plenary assembly, the FABC s highest governing body, is normally convened once every four years.. This year, the federation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the its foundation in 1972.. Under the theme FABC at Forty Years: Responding to the Challenges of Asia, this year s plenary is being held Dec.. 10-16 at Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre of the Catholic diocese of Xuan Loc in Dong Nai Province, east of Ho Chi Minh City.. 131212.. Cardinal Rosales Delivers Pope's Message to FABC Plenary Assembly.. Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, papal legate to the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), conveyed the wish of Pope Benedict XVI for Asian bishops to renew their zeal in showing love for Christ, the Gospel and Church, and to boost their efforts to witness to the faith through dialogue.. Cardinal Rosales shared the pope's message with bishops of Asia in an.. address.. at the close of a Mass on Dec.. 11 which officially opened the assembly in Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre, Dong Nai Province, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.. Cardinal Rosales explained, The Holy Father expressed in his letter to this legate his desire for the brothers in the episcopacy to generously continue in the commitment to '.. the Bishops' duty to manifest, by their renewed strength and zeal, the love of Christ, the Church and the Gospel.. Burning with the virtue of faith, they should foster human culture and diligently pursue dialogue among the peoples.. '.. The cardinal said he would communicate to the pope his observations of dedicated efforts of the Asian bishops, with the assistance of the FABC, in keeping alive the dialogues with peoples, religions and long subsisting cultures in the large Asian continent in relation to the evangelization in Jesus, initiated years ago.. Seventy-one cardinals, archbishops  ...   from the 8th Bishops' Institute of Social Action (BISA VIII) of the FABC Office of Human Development held at Camillian Pastoral Care Centre, Bangkok, Thailand from January 18-24, 2012, is now available.. The participants proposed a Pastoral-Theological Programme of Action for Asia.. 270112.. FABC Secretary General Appointed Pontifical Council Member.. The FABC Secretary General, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India was appointed member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication.. Cardinal Gracias has been a board member of FABC-Office of Social Communication and the General Body of Radio Veritas Asia from 2002-till 2010.. 200112.. BITA IV: Re-scheduled.. Bishops Institute of Theological Animation (BITA-IV).. on Youth in Asia: Challenges of Fundamentalism and Relativism is re-scheduled from May 2011 to April 23-27, 2012 and will be held in Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Centre, Sampran, Thailand.. 060112.. FABC-OE Seminar for Bishops, Formators and Priests.. will organize a seminar for Bishops, Formators, and Priests of Asia on "the Contemporary Challenges of Living Priestly Celibacy in the Context of Present Day Crisis in the Church in Asia.. " The seminar will be held from May 14-19, 2012 at the Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.. 050112.. Social Networking for Pastoral Ministry.. The 16th annual gathering of bishops responsible for communication and their secretaries was held at St.. Paul s Pastoral Centre in Hualien, Taiwan from 14 to 19 November.. More than 30 participants came with officials of Radio Veritas Asia, Signis-Asia, and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA).. Msgr.. Paul Russel, Holy See s charge d affairs in Taiwan, was also present.. The theme Social Networking for Pastoral Ministry was mainly treated through a two-day seminar-workshop Nov 15-16 on the how-to s of social media e.. g.. , file sharing, microblogging, visual storytelling, and online gaming.. This year s Final Statement lists guideposts on how the Church should engage in social media.. In it, the participants stress the importance of creative engagement through collaborative efforts, as well as research.. Social media should be placed at the service of FABC s three-fold dialogue - with the poor, cultures, and religions.. 081211.. Climate Change in Asia: Towards a New Creation.. Some 55 participants from 16 Episcopal Conferences in Asia, and 2 associate members of the FABC met in Bangkok on 19-20th Oct.. 2011 to discuss "Church Response to the Challenge of Climate Change in Asia: Towards a New Creation.. ".. International experts assisted on the urgency of this issue in the context of the Church s commitment to protect the integrity of God s Creation in Asia and leave a meaningful legacy for future generations.. One significant decision was to create a.. Desk.. in the Central Secretariat of FABC with a competent person to follow up on this urgent issue.. The seminar was financially supported by the German Catholic Bishops Organization for Development Cooperation (MISEREOR).. 261011.. FABC Elects New Secretary General.. At its October 21 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, the FABC Central Committee has duly elected Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India as its New Secretary General from January 1, 2012.. He succeeds Archbishop Orlando B.. Quevedo, OMI, from Philippines as the latter completes two terms of office on December 31, 2011.. The duration of Cardinal Gracias' term is 3 years, renewable thereafter.. Cardinal Gracias was a board member of FABC-Office of Social Communication for two terms from 2004-2010.. Cardinal Oswald Gracias was born in Mumbai, India on December 24, 1944.. He obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law and a Diploma in Jurisprudence in Rome.. He was elevated to the position of the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay 16th September 1997 and on November 23, 2000 the Archbishop of Agra.. After the promotion of Cardinal Dias to Rome, he was appointed the Archbishop of Bombay on October 14, 2006.. The present Holy Father elevated him to the position of Cardinal on October 17, 2007.. Besides serving many responsible assignments on national and international levels, he is presently serving the following assignments: the Vice Chairman, Vox Clara Committee, Congregation of Sacraments, Rome, Chairman, C.. B.. C.. I.. Commission for Law and Public litigation and President, Catholic Bishops Conference of India.. 24101.. Urgent Invitation for BISA-VIII.. The FABC-Office of Human Development is urgently inviting participants from the bishops conferences of Asia for their upcoming 8th Bishops Institute of Social Action and to commemorate the office 40th years anniversary.. 101011.. CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR.. Global Warming and Climate Change and its Impact on Asia.. Challenges and the response of the Church.. Jointly organized by FABC Central Secretariat and Misereor, Germany.. Venue: Bangkok, 19 and 20 October 2011.. click.. here.. Laity Newsletter (July-September 2011) Uploaded.. The latest edition of the.. Laity Newsletter.. of FABC-OFL is now available.. 200911.. 8th Bishops' Institute for Social Action (BISA VIII) to be held in November.. After the special workshop on the challenges of Migrants and Indigenous Peoples in Asia in 26-29 July, the FABC-Office of Human Development (OHD) will hold the eighth "Bishops' Institute for Social Action" (BISA VIII) on November 4-12, 2011 in Thailand.. This year marks the 40th anniversary of OHD, and the commemoration of some of the Church's social teachings.. BISA VIII will, thus, include re-reading of the Catholic Social Teaching in the context of Asia.. To be covered are Rerum Novarum, Quadragesimo Anno, Mater et Magistra, Pacem in Terris, Gaudium et Spes, Populorum Progressio, Octogesima Adveniens, Justice in the world, Laborem Excercens, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, Centesimus Annos, and Caritas in Veritate.. For details, please contact.. OHD.. 180711.. FABC-OTC New Publication.. The Office of Theological Concerns (OTC) of FABC has published a Festschrift entitled.. "Harvesting from the Asian Soil: Towards an Asian Theology,".. to mark the 25th anniversary of the Office.. The publication is a collection of theological articles from leading theologians on Asian Theology.. OTC.. FABC-OHD program for 2011 Uploaded.. program for 2011.. of the Office of Human Development of FABC is now available online.. 150711.. Laity Newsletter (April-June 2011) Uploaded.. 010711.. New publication from FABC-Office of Laity & Family-Women s Desk.. The Women s Desk of the FABC-Office of Laity and Family has published the second volume of.. Discipleship of Asian Women at the Service of Life.. The publication documents the different papers presented at the BILA IV on Women and some selected papers from the regional meetings between 2000 and 2010.. The book is printed by Claretian publication, Bangalore, India.. For further details please contact the.. FABC-OL.. 080611.. Final Statement of FABC-OC Recent Seminar Uploaded.. of the FABC-Office of Clergy seminar on Bishop as Father, Brother and Friend of Priests is now uploaded.. The statement highlights the need for the bishop to accompany his priests by fostering a family atmosphere in the diocese.. On-going formation including spiritual and human formation, are also emphasized to enable the bishop to become Father, Brother and Friend to priest as stipulated in Pastores Gregis.. Seminar on the Impact of Pedophilia-Crisis for the Church in Asia.. FABC-Office of Clergy.. will organize a seminar for Bishops and formators of Asia on the theme: The Impact of Pedophilia-Crisis on the Church in Asia from November 14 to 19, 2011 at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.. For more information, contact Fr.. Lawrence Pinto, msij at Fax: (+91 824) 2483895 Email:.. fabclpinto@yahoo.. co.. uk.. and.. fabckavoor@yahoo.. com.. 290411.. click here.. FABC Paper No.. 133 Available.. The FABC Paper No.. 133 titled.. "On Human Being in the Changing Realities of Asia".. is now available.. The document is edited by Fr.. Vimal Tirimanna, CssR , the executive, secretary of the FABC Office of Theological Concerns.. This document is divided into four parts and has the purpose of discussing how the people of Asia encounter God in their changing contextual realities and calling them to mission.. ACTS IV ORGANIZED.. The fourth gathering of the Asian Conference of Theology Students (ACTS IV) was held from 4-6 April 2011 at the Bangkok Christian Guest House in Bangkok, Thailand.. Thirty one (31) students representing the countries from the various denominations and seminaries throughout Asia which are part of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) and the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) actively participated.. The theme of ACTS IV was: Praying and Working Together for Unity in the Household of God.. Participants discussed realities and challenges faced by the churches and peoples of the countries.. Central issues like theologizing in the Asian context, economic realities, conflict analysis and understanding ecumenical dialogue as an integration of all God s creation were also discussed.. The unifying fellowship in ACTS IV brought the participants to commit themselves to deepen their involvement in ecumenism within their capacity.. (full report).. 150411.. X FABC PLENARY ASSEMBLY.. The X FABC Plenary Assembly will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 19-23, 2012 as confirmed by FABC Central Committee meeting in January 2011.. The theme of the X FABC Plenary Assembly is FABC at Forty: Responding to the Challenges of Asia , marking the 40th anniversary of the approval of the FABC Statutes by Pope Paul VI, November 16, 1972.. 050411.. BITA IV Postponed.. The upcoming.. of the FABC Office of Theological Concern, on Fundamentalism, Relativism and Materialism- Pastoral Responses in our Asian Contexts has been postponed.. The meeting coincides with the Ad Limina visit of the intended participants.. The precise date is yet to be decided.. 280311.. Clergy Documents Now Online.. The Office of Clergy has released two documents and are now available online: Final Statement of the Seminar on.. "Paradigm Shift in the Mission and Ministry of the Priest in Asia".. (Bangkok, Thailand May 10-15, 2010), and the Final Statement of the Fomrators' Seminar on.. "Spiritual Formation of Priests".. (Bangkok, Thailand November 14-19, 2010).. 150111.. BITA IV On Christian Discipleship in Asia.. The Office of Theological Concern of FABC will be organizing the.. 4th Bishops Institute of Theological Animation (BITA IV).. on Christian Discipleship in Asia: Challenges of Fundamentalism and Relativism-Pastoral Approaches.. The seminar will be held in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Baan Phu Waan, Samphran, Thailand on May 2-6, 2011.. BITA IV will be exclusive for Asian bishops only and will discuss various pastoral topics relevant to the Asian Church today.. For details please contact the.. FABC-OTC.. FABC Papers Nos.. 131 & 132a Now Online.. 131 & 132a are now available for download.. Paper No.. 131 titled.. "A Glimpse of Dialogue in Asia".. was released on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first "Bishops' Institute for Interreligious Affairs" (BIRA).. It includes a discussion on "Dialogue in the Early Teachings of FABC.. " Paper No.. 132a on.. "Word of God in the Life & Mission of the Church".. documents the key inputs at the fifth Biblical Congress, which coincided with the third "Bishops' Institute for Biblical Apostolate" (BIBA III) Nov 4-8, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand.. The meeting was organized by the FABC-Office of Evangelization in cooperation with the Catholic Biblical Foundation (CBF) for Asia/Oceania.. NEW BOOKS.. Communicating in Church: Social Communication Documents, An Introduction.. Communicating Between Cultures, 4th Updated Edition.. Radio Veritas Asia - Development of a FABC Project.. Church and Social Communication in Asia Second Edition.. For All the People of Asia Volume 4.. Relaunching Our Evangelizing Mission.. Comunicare nel Ministero e nella Missione.. back to top.. Some parts of this site are still under construction, please bear with us.. Theme:.. FABC at 40 years:.. Responding to.. the Challenges of Asia.. Vietnam, Dec.. 10-16, 2012.. Pictures.. Final Document.. Message.. Theme.. :.. Living the Eucharist in Asia.. Manila August 10-16, 2009.. News.. Documents.. The Asian Family towards a Culture of Intergral Life.. (final document).. Other web-based functionalities will be included which will help provide information to users of the Web site and would also allow users to interact and participate in the fulfillment of the FABC s objectives.. Publications.. *********************.. FABC in General.. Social Communication.. Evangelization.. Interreligious Dialogue.. Human Development.. Lay Apostolate.. Educ.. & Faith Formation.. Theological Concern.. FABC Papers are designed to bring the thinking of Asian experts to a wider audience and to develop critical analysis of the problems facing the Church in Asia.. The opinions, however, do not necessarily represent the official policies of FABC or its member Episcopal Conferences.. FABC Papers on-line is a special service of the Union of Catholic Asia News.. see papers UCAN.. see papers Central Secretariat..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: about us
    Descriptive info: NATURE AND FUNCTIONS.. is a voluntary association of episcopal conferences in Asia, established with the approval of the Holy See.. Its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of Church and society in Asia.. The decisions of the Federation are without juridical binding force; their acceptance is an expression of collegial responsibility.. THE FUNCTIONS SHALL BE:.. To study ways and means of promoting the apostolate, especially in the light of Vatican II and post-conciliar official documents, and according to the needs of Asia.. To work for and to intensify the dynamic presence of the Church in the total development of the peoples of Asia.. To help in the study of problems of common interest to the Church in Asia, and to investigate possibilities of solutions and coordinated action.. To promote inter-communication and cooperation among local Churches and bishops of Asia.. To render service to episcopal conferences of Asia in order to help them to meet better the needs of the People of God.. To foster a more  ...   or their officially designated episcopal alternates, Bishop-delegates elected by the member-conferences, associate members and members of the Standing Committee.. The Plenary Assembly meets in ordinary session every four years.. The Central Committee.. , composed of the presidents of member-conferences or their officially designated episcopal alternates, oversees the implementation of the resolutions and instructions of the Plenary Assembly.. This committee meets every two years.. The Standing Committee.. , composed of five Bishops elected from different parts of Asia, implements the resolutions and instructions of the Central Committee.. It provides direct guidance and support to the Central Secretariat and other organs of FABC.. The Central Secretariat.. is the principal service agency and an instrument of coordination within the FABC and with outside offices and agencies.. To assist the Central Secretariat are seven Offices each handling specialized ministry/area of concern:.. Office of Human Development.. Office of Social Communication.. Office of Laity.. Office of Theological Concerns.. Office of Education and Student Chaplaincy.. Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.. Office of Evangelization.. Office of Clergy.. Office of Consecrated Life..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: FABC Directory
    Descriptive info: Oswald Cardinal Gracias.. President.. Archbishop's House.. 21 Nathalal Parekh Marg.. , Mumbai - 400 001 India.. Mumbai - 400 001 India.. Tel: (+91 22) 220 21093 / 220 21193 / 220 21293.. Fax: (+91 22) 228 53872.. Email :.. abpossie@gmail.. abpossie@sancharnet.. in.. Raymond O'Toole.. Secretary General.. 4/F, Holy Cross Centre 72 Yiu Hing Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong SAR.. Tel: (+852) 3904 1121.. Fax: (+852) 3904 1124.. Email:.. fabcsecretariat@yahoo.. rotoole2003@yahoo.. ca.. For the addresses of the offices see:.. Offices.. The addresses of the different member bishops' conferences are:.. COUNTRY.. Ecclesiastical Address.. Telephone #.. Fax #.. - E-Mail Addresses.. BANGLADESH.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh CBCB Centre 24C Asad Avenue, Muhammadhur Dhaka - 1207.. Tel: (8802) 912 7339.. Fax: (8802) 813 123 c/o PIME.. Email:.. cbcbsec@bdcom.. EAST TIMOR.. Largo da Catedral Baucau 88810, Timor Leste.. Tel: (607-399) 21209.. Fax: (607-399) 21380.. boleha@gmail.. Bishop Of Dili.. Camara Eclesiastica.. Av.. Directos Humanos, Bidau Lecidere.. Dili 88010, Timor Leste.. Tel: (607-390) 324 850.. Fax: (607-390)321 177.. dasilvaudgerio@gmail.. Bishop of Maliana.. Estrada de Cristo Rei, Lahomea-Maliana.. P.. O.. Box 50 Dili, Timor Leste (VIA) Darwin, Autralia.. Tel: (670)735 4123.. malianadiocese@gmail.. HONG KONG.. 12/F, Catholic Diocese Centre, 16 Caine Road, Hong Kong SAR.. Tel: (+852) 2525 8021.. Fax: (+852) 2521 8737.. bishophk@hk.. super.. INDIA.. Catholic Bishops Conference of India CBCI Centre 1, Ashok Place, Near Gole Dakkhana, New Delhi 110 00.. Tel: (+91 11) 334 4470; 3343457.. Fax: (+91 11) 336 4615; 374 6575.. Email :.. cbci@nda.. vsnl.. ;.. archbpo3@md3.. Conference of Catholic Bishops of India - Latin Rite CCBI Centre,.. No.. 8940, Hutchins Road 2nd Cross Bangalore - 560 084, India.. Tel: (+91 80) 2549 8282.. Fax: (+91 80) 2549 8180.. ccbi@touchtelindia.. Website:.. http://archbom.. org/.. The Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church Major Archepiscopal Curia, P.. 3110, P.. Kakkanad, Kochi - 682 030, (Kerala) India.. Tel: (+91 484) 682 031.. Fax: (+91 484) 366 028.. majorarchishop@hotmail.. thesyromalabarachurch.. Episcopal Council of the Syro-Malankara Church Archbishop s House Pattom, Trivandrum, Kerala - 695 004, India.. Tel: (91-471) 254 1642.. Fax: (91-471) 254 1635.. mabt@dataone.. malankara.. INDONESIA.. K W I (Bishops' Conference of Indonesia) Jl.. Cut Meutia 10, Tromolpos 3044, Jakarta 10002, Indonesia.. Tel: (+62 21)3193 6422.. Fax: (+62 21)391 8527.. setjen@indo.. id.. or.. setjen@kawali.. JAPAN.. Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan.. Japan  ...   louismarieling@yahoo.. lomali724@gmail.. MACAU.. Bishop's House C.. P.. 324 Largo da Se Macau.. Tel: (+853) 28309954.. Fax: (+853) 28309861.. mdiocese@macau.. ctm.. MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, BRUNEI.. Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia- Singapore-Brunei Majodi Centre, 2101 Jalan Masai, Johor, Malaysia.. Tel: (60-7) 387 1121.. Fax: (60-7) 387 2498.. bishop@majodi.. MONGOLIA.. Catholic Church Mission P.. Box 694, Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia.. Tel: (+976 1) 458 825.. Fax: (+976 1) 458 027.. ccmvatican@magicnet.. mn.. MYANMAR.. Myanmar Catholic Bishops Conference 292(A) Pyay Road Sanchaung P.. Yangon 11111, Myanmar.. Tel: (+951) 525 868 / 511 040.. Fax: (+95 1) 527 198.. secrcbcm@myanmar.. mm.. NEPAL.. Everest Postal Care P.. Ltd.. G.. Box 8975 EPC-343 Kathmandu Nepal.. Tel: (+977 1) 544 2802.. Fax: (+977 1) 552 1710.. anath@wlink.. np.. PAKISTAN.. 1 Lawrence Road, P.. Box 909, Lahore 54000, Pakistan.. Tel: (+92 42) 33636 6137.. Fax: (+92 42) 33636 8336.. abishop@lhr.. comsats.. pk.. PHILIPPINES.. Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines P.. Box 1160 Metro Manila Philippines.. Tel: (63-86) 211 3044 -45 /.. (63-2) 527 4138 (CBCP).. Fax: (63-86) 211 4102.. cbcp_secretariat@yahoo.. SIBERIA(RUSSIA).. ul.. Gorkogo 100 630 099 Novosibirsk, Siberia.. Tel: (7-3832) 18-12-04/ 18-12-46.. 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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: FABC Members
    Descriptive info: FABC has nineteen (19) Bishops' Conferences from the following countries.. :.. Bangladesh.. East Timor.. India - CBCI.. India - Syro-Malabar.. India - Syro-Malankara.. India - Latin Rite.. Indonesia.. Japan.. Kazakhstan.. Korea.. Laos-Cambodia.. Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei.. Myanmar.. Pakistan.. Philippines.. Sri Lanka.. Taiwan, ROC.. Thailand.. The Federation has nine (9).. associate members.. , namely:.. Hong Kong.. Macau.. Mongolia.. Nepal.. Novosibirsk, Russia.. Kyrgyzstan.. Tajikistan.. Turkmenistan.. Uzbekistan..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: FABC Offices
    Descriptive info: Central Secretariat.. Office of Laity and Family.. Office of Education and Faith Formation..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: Documentation Centre
    Descriptive info: The FABC Documentation Centre is located on the third floor of the so-called "back building" in the St Louis Hospital compound in Bangkok, Thailand.. Beside several offices, the centre has a meeting room for up to 40 people which is also available for FABC members.. The centre stores copies of all FABC publications listed in the fabc.. org website and tries to build up a small additional library on FABC related subjects which includes also doctoral and masteral theses related to FABC thinking.. The new centre is part of the general secretariat of the FABC which is located in Hong Kong.. Inculturation in Missionary Formation.. A doctoral thesis on Inculturation according to FABC Documents was published by the Urbaniana University in Rome.. Father Dominic Tran Ngoc Dang has authored the dissertation on "Inculturation in Missionary Formation according to the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences documents (1970-2006) with Special Reference to the Mission in Vietnam.. " With this thesis, the number of.. academic studies related to the FABC.. is now 32 (28 doctoral theses, 4 masteral theses).. Communion and Spiritual Leadership in Asia.. "Communion and Spiritual Leadership in Asia.. in the Light of the Documents of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences" is a new book related to the theology of the FABC.. The original title of this dissertation by Jesuit Father Jeffrey G.. L.. Chang was "Ordained Ministry in the Mission and Ministry of the Church in Asia, in Light of the Documents of the FABC (1970-2005).. " The thesis was submitted to the Faculty of Theology at FuJen Catholic University in Taipei and now published within the "Documenta Missionalia" series of Gregorian University in Rome as volume 33.. After a presentation on the theology of the FABC, the author studies in a detailed way the vision of ministry, and finally evaluates the FABC mission.. This vision is a source of hope.. and also a firm foundation for anyone concerned about issues of ecclesiology and ministry," the editor of "Documenta Missionalia" writes in his Foreword.. "The author offers in this book a solid introduction to the broader theology of the FABC that points out the systematic development of the ordained ministry and its relationship with the ministry of laity, showing how the entire people of God should be oriented to the glory  ...   based on FABC documents and thinking since the foundation of the federation in 1970.. A listing compiled by Jesuit Father Jeffrey Chang from the FuJen University in Taipei Taiwan shows that most of them are submitted to Roman universities like the Gregorian but also Urbaniana Universities and Angelicum.. There are also works submitted and approved by universities in Washington, Berkeley, Ottawa, Innsbruck, Nijmegen and Muenster.. The present listing, confined to doctoral theses only, contains completed works and does not include works in progress.. A listing is also confined to doctoral theses only, a listing of Licentiate and Masteral studies will probably be much longer though it has not been developed yet.. A newly erected FABC Documentation centre in Bangkok will try to acquire all papers to make them available for researchers.. Any help in this endeavour will be appreciated.. FABC Documentation Centre Opens in Bangkok.. A new FABC Documentation Centre was inaugurated in Bangkok within the compound of St Louis Hospital owned by the archdiocese.. Michai Cardinal Kitbunchu, archbishop of Bangkok, presided the blessing of the centre on May 21, 2006, together with Thai bishops conference President, Bishop George Phimphisan, and Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand.. The FABC Secretary General, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo omi, the chairmen-bishops and executive secretaries of the nine FABC offices were present at the occasion.. The event was a highlight of a three-day joint planning meeting of the offices.. The new centre will house and preserve all books published by the FABC as well as dissertations and other publications referring one way or the other to the Federation.. The FABC Documentation Centre includes a conference room that can seat some 40 persons, a library and several small offices.. Academic Papers for FABC Documentation Centre.. In the course of 36 years of existence of the FABC, quite some studies have been made about the considerations, activities and life of the Federation.. The new FABC Documentation Centre in Bangkok aims to have a complete collection of all papers especially Masteral and Doctoral theses written about the FABC.. We would like to ask our readers and friends to inform us about any such paper, publication or thesis so that we can possibly secure a copy for the center in Bangkok.. Please contact the FABC-Office of Social Communication at.. fabcosc@gmail..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: FABC Publications
    Descriptive info: FABC publications are suitable for pastoral workers but also researchers who would like to know FABC's stance on issues pertaining to religion, faith, cultures and societies in Asia.. This listing has nine sections:.. FABC in general.. Interreligious Dialogue.. Human Development (Justice and Peace issues).. Laity and Family.. Education and Faith Formation.. Theological Concerns.. Clergy.. FABC also publishes FABC Papers to bring to a wider audience critical analyses of problems facing the Church in Asia.. (Addresses of publishers are included for orders and  ...   Between Culturea: An Introduction to Intercultural Communication.. ,.. 4th updated Edition.. Logos Publication, Manila 2012.. pp 220.. ISBN 978-971-510-244-5.. Eilers, Franz-Josef.. Communicating Church: Social Communication Documents, An Introduction.. Logos Publication, Manila 2011.. pp 222.. ISBN 978-971-510-239-1.. Candelario, Jessica Joy V.. (Ed.. ).. Youth Ministry in Asia: Reliving the Emmaus Story.. FABC-OL Youth Desk, Manila, Philippines 2008.. pp 223.. 978-971-94360-0-3.. Rogers, Anthony.. )).. The Migrant Family in Asia: Reaching Out and Touching Them.. FABC-OHD, Manila, Philippines.. 2009.. pp 238.. Theological Concern.. see papers..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: about us
    Descriptive info: In the Conferences.. News Archive.. Events.. 2005.. 2006.. 2007.. 2008.. 2010.. 2011.. 2012.. 2013..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: Links
    Descriptive info: Bishops' Conferences.. Bangladesh Christian Online.. Catholic Church Cambodia.. India Catholic Bishops' Conference.. Synod of Syro-Malabar Church.. The Indian Catholic.. Indonesia Catholic Bishops' Conference.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of Kazakhstan.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea.. Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka.. Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference of Taiwan.. Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand.. FABC-related Organizations.. Catholic Welfare Services, Malaysia.. Dioceses and Ecclesiastical Descriptions in Asia.. Brunei Apostolic Prefecture.. Colombo Archdiocese.. Hong Kong Diocese.. Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese.. Lahore (Pakistan) Archdiocese.. Macau Diocese.. Manila Archdiocese.. Nepal Catholic Media.. Pusan (S.. Korea) Diocese.. Singapore Archdiocese.. The Holy See, Vatican.. The Pontifical Congregations & Commissions.. Bishops.. Catholic Education.. Causes of Saints.. Cultural heritage of the Church.. Divine Worship and the Discipline  ...   Commission.. Pontifical Mission Societies (International Secretariats).. The Pontifical Councils.. Laity.. Promoting Christian Unity.. Family.. Justice and Peace.. Cor Unum.. Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.. Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers.. Legislative Texts.. Inter-religious Dialogue.. Culture.. Social Communications.. Christian Conference of Asia (CCA).. Christian Communication Organizations & Centres.. Radio Veritas Asia.. Asia Pacific Ecumenical News (Bangalore, India).. Asian Research Center for Religion Social Communication (ARC).. Union of Catholic Asia (UCA) News.. National Institute of Social Communications Researchh Training (India).. Asian Comunications Network (ACN).. Hong Kong Diocesan Audio-Visual Centre.. Macau Diocesan Social Communications Centre.. Vatican Radio (with Japanese language page).. Tej Prasarini Communications Centre (India).. International Catholic Union of the Press.. SIGNIS, World Catholic Association for Communication.. World Association for Christian Communication - Asia Region.. South Asian Regional News..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: FABC Events
    Descriptive info: DATES.. THEME/EVENTS.. ORGANIZED BY.. VENUE.. Feb.. 16-17, 2013.. FABC Offices Meeting.. FABC Documentation Centre,.. Bangkok, Thailand.. 25- March 1, 2013.. Second Conference of Muslim-Christian Religious Leaders of Asia.. FABC Office of Ecumenical Interreligious Affairs.. Accasia Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia.. April 20-25, 2013.. BILA II on Family.. FABC Office of Laity and Family.. to be announced.. May 6-11, 2013.. International Seminar on "Formation of Positive, Integral, Effective amd Humanly Well-Developed Priests for the Continent of Asia".. Assumption University,  ...   AsIPA Three International Training Workshop 2013.. FABC Office of Laity and Family - AsIPA Desk.. Camillian Social Center.. 22, 2013.. FABC Central Committee and Offices.. Assumption University.. 23-24, 2013.. Climate Change Seminar.. Nov.. 11-16, 2013.. 18th Annual Bishops' Meet 2013.. 50 Years of Inter Mirifica: Asian Communication Challenges.. FABC Office of Social Communication.. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.. Dec.. 5-7, 2013.. Crossing the Borders: Renewed Biblical Apostolate for New Evangelization (BIBA IV).. FABC Office of Evangelization.. Camillian Pastoral Center,..

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  • Title: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences :: Office of Laity
    Descriptive info: back to.. offices main.. Office of Laity and Family (OLF).. Background.. Meetings.. Newsletter.. AsIPA Desk (BEC).. Youth Desk.. Women's Desk.. AsIPA (BEC) Desk.. of the FABC Office of Laity is based in Seoul, Korea.. It was set up to respond to the need to promote and hold training for all member conferences of the FABC towards their vision of Church in Asia for the third millennium, as a Participatory Church, a Communion of Communities.. AsIPA (BEC) Desk Plan for 2013.. 1.. AsIPAThree International Training Workshop in 2013.. We are glad to announce that we will have the AsIPA Three International Training Workshop to be held in Camillian Social Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok Thailand from 7 to 12 October, 2013 organized by the AsIPA (BEC).. Desk.. of the Office of Laity Family of the.. FABC.. and BEC National Team of Thailand.. AsIPA (BEC) Desk has designed the AsIPA International Training Workshop Series as an on-going training course over three years for diocesan and national teams responsible for fostering SCCs/BECs towards a participatory Church.. Dates and Venue.. Dates: 7 (Mon.. ) - 12 (Sat.. ) October, 2013: Arrival on Oct.. 7th in the morning, before 16:00, Departure on Oct.. 12th (before/ after lunch, Oct.. 12th).. Venue: Camillian Social Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok Thailand.. Aims.. To journey together as AsIPA (BEC) teams in building a participatory Church.. To deepen the understanding and develop skills in the following areas.. To improve to make own Awareness Programme.. To learn how to design Amos Programme.. To strengthen doing Group Response.. Problem Solving Skills.. Facilitating/ Listening Skills.. To understand social teachings of the Church.. To realize that the spiritual formation of leaders is essential for the promotion of SCCs.. Participants.. Total number of participants: maximum 70 persons.. Criteria.. those who have attended AsIPA One and Two International Training Workshop.. those who have taken equivalent courses at national/ diocesan level.. AsIPA (BEC) practioners.. As a team.. Application form should be sent through the national SCCs/BECs team within the country by June 25.. 1 with Application Form.. 2 AsIPA three.. 2-1 Personal Request.. 2-2 Map of Camillian Pastoral Centre-Thailand.. 3 AsIPA three.. 3-1 Guidelines for Country-Diocese Report for AsIPA.. 4 On.. AsIPA Workshop.. 2.. Supporting National SCCs/BECs Training workshop in 2013.. AsIPA desk will support two national SCCs workshops.. One is in Myanmar, July.. he other will be in Pakistan, November.. AsIPA Resource Team will facilitate them with local training team.. Publishing the documentation of VI AsIPA General Assembly held in Nainamadama, Sri Lanka October 18-24, 2012.. 040413.. AsIPA (BEC) Plans for 2012.. 6th AsIPA General Assembly.. FABC OLF AsIPA (BEC) Desk AsIPA National Team of Sri Lanka.. Chintana Center, Nainamadama, Sri Lanka.. 18 - 24 October, 2012.. Dates.. : October 18th (Thur.. ) to 24th (Wed.. ) 2012.. The duration of the assembly: 7 days with arrival and departure.. Participants to arrive by Oct.. 18th.. and lunch at 12:30 p.. m.. (Registration will be from 10 am to 3 pm on Oct.. 18th).. Sri Lanka national SCCs rally will be held on Oct 24th (Wed.. ) 9:00-12:00, 2012 at Tewatte Basilica.. Concluding ceremony will be incorporated into national SCCs rally and closing mass of GA.. Departure date.. could be.. either on Oct.. 24th (Wed.. ) in the afternoon or 25th (Thur.. ) in the morning.. Venue:.. Nainamadama is situated in the Diocese of Chilaw.. It is 17 Km from Katunayake International Airport (app.. 30 mins.. drive).. Go you are sent forth (Mt.. 10:5) - following Jesus in mission.. Small Christian Communities serving and ministering.. Total Number of Participants:.. about 165.. 110 overseas + 40 Local + 15 resource persons (ART and speakers): Full time participants.. Criteria of Participants:.. AsIPA (BEC) practitioners.. Applicants should be sent through the national SCCs/ BECs team within the country.. Application Form.. 1 with Personal Request Form.. Guidelines for the National/ Diocesan Report for AsIPA GA-IV.. 30 Days Theology Course of SCCs in 2012.. Dates: November 2nd (Frid.. ) to December 2nd (Sun.. ) 2011.. Duration: 30 days.. The Pastoral Training Center of Bangkok Archdiocese, Sampran, Thailand.. (a residential programme and full-time attendance is mandatory).. Theme: RENEWING CHURCH IN THE NEW WAY THROUGH SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SCCs)-A Theological, Pastoral, Spiritual Study of SCCs And Its Integrative Power to Transform Parishes into Active Community.. Contents: Basic Understanding of What the Asian bishops meant when they called for Renewing the Church in Asia in a New Way; Theological Insight into What SCCs are; Church Teachings on SCCs; Method in formation of SCCs; New Way of Being church and Theological Issues; Insight into process of Integration; Exposure to and involvement in SCCs; Critical Reflection and Integration on the learning which happens during the course.. Total Number of Participants: 35 (Thailand and Others in Asia).. Criteria of Participants: It is a certificate course, requiring a short integrative paper to be written.. Participants competency in English usage is required.. Course fees: US$ 1,150.. Application: to the CBCT Secretariat by July 31, 2011.. Host: Host: Programme coordinated by.. CBCT and.. Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur, India( The course will be animated by Fr.. Thomas Vijay and his team from India.. 30 Days Seminar.. AsIPA (BEC) Activities in 2011.. AsIPA Two International Workshop.. Dates: October 13th (Thur.. ) to 21th (Fri.. Duration: 9 days including 2 days exposure and arrival and departure days.. Venue: Batam Island of Pangkalpinang Diocese, Indonesia (Pacific Palace Hotel).. Contents: Exposure programme, Additional Gospel Sharing method/s, Making own Awareness Programmes, Strengthening of the pastoral tools and skills.. Total Number of Participants:80 only (60 from overseas and 20 from Indonesia).. Criteria of the Participants: Priority is on Participants of AsIPA One and Those who complete equivalent workshops (as a team).. AsIPA (BEC) International Training Workshop.. 30 Days Theology Course of SCCs.. Dates: November 1st (Tue.. ) to 30th (Wed.. Venue: Ruamrudee International School, Minburi, Bangkok, Thailand (a residential programme and full-time attendance is mandatory).. Theme: RENEWING CHURCH IN THE NEW WAY THROUGH SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SCCs)-A Theological, Pastoral, Spiritual Study of SCCs And Its Integrative Power to Transform Parishes into Active Community.. Contents: Basic Understanding of What the Asian bishops meant when they called for Renewing the Church in Asia in a New Way; Theological Insight into What SCCs are; Church Teachings on SCCs; Method in formation of SCCs; New Way of Being church and Theological Issues; Insight into process of Integration;.. Exposure to and involvement in SCCs; Critical Reflection and Integration on the learning which happens during the course.. Total Number of Participants: 30 (Thailand and Fareast Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar etc.. Participants competency in English usage is required.. Course fees: US$ 1,250 / 37,500 (Scholarship is not available from the organizer).. Host:- Programme coordinated by Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur, India: The course will be animated by Fr.. -CBCThailand.. Annual Seminar for Thai priests: "Priests: Pastoral Ministers of Communities of Christ's Disciples".. Dates: July 11th (Mon.. ) to 15th (Fri.. Duration: 5 days.. Venue: Baan Phu Waan, Sampran, Thailand.. Topic: Introducing SCCs as a Participatory Church of Communion in Thailand.. Contents: Our vision of a participatory church; Understanding Small Christian Communities; Enabling leadership in SCCs; Pastoral Tools for sharing the vision with our people: Gospel Sharing and Awareness Programmes.. Total Number of Participants: - about 200 Thai priests).. AsIPA (BEC) Activities in 2010.. BILA I on SCCs in Pattaya, Thailand.. Focusing on the vision of the communion of communities and role of bishops in building SCCs.. Specifically for new dioceses and new bishops.. This first BILA (Bishops Institute on Lay Apostolate) on SCCs (Small Christian Communities) was organized to introduce the vision of the Asian Church, a Communion of Communities as a New Way of Being Church through building SCCs which was articulated in the fifth Plenary Assembly of the FABC in Bandung in 1990s, to new bishops and their teams.. This BILA aimed at discovering and deepening the new way of being Church--a participatory Church, developing enabling leadership, understanding the nature of SCCs and participatory structures in the church, and experiencing Christ and the community through Gospel Sharing.. It gave participants opportunities to reflect and share the reality of implementing a communion of communities in forming SCCs, and to experience the value of gospel sharing and non-dominating leadership in SCCs.. It reassured that SCCs are one of the most efficient ways to actualize this new vision of the Church in Asia.. As a result, most of countries participated in this BILA designed some plans practically to embody a new vision of the Church, a participatory Church of communion.. This BILA produced a final statement too.. Dates: October 18 (Mon.. )-23 (Sat.. ) 2010.. Venue: Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand.. Number of Participants: - 89 participants (including 8 resource persons): bishops 12, priests 44, religious sisters 9, laity 24 - From 14 countries: Bangladesh (13), Hongkong (2), India (6), Indonesia (2), Korea (1), Macau (1), Malaysia (2), Mongolia (1), Myanmar (2), Philippines (11), Singapore (4), Sri Lanka (7), Taiwan (13), Thailand (24).. BILA I on SCCs Final Statement.. AsIPA One International Training Course.. AsIPA desk has designed continued training courses in three years subsequently as on-going formation programme of Small Christian Communities (SCCs).. This AsIPA One International Training Course was the first workshop of them.. This workshop aimed at learning the vision of a participatory church, understanding SCCs, knowing foundations for community building, acquiring key pastoral tools for SCCs and learning gospel sharing methods and awareness programmes.. In their evaluation, participants gave the daily morning Gospel Sharing the highest appreciation.. It seems that there is nothing that can improve on the simplest, most prayerful way to meet Christ and each other, through the Word of God..  ...   Short Background History of AsIPA.. During the 5th Plenary Assembly the Asian Bishops expressed the response of the Church, at the level of its very being, to the demands of evangelization in the third millennium: the Church (must become) a Communion of communities where laity, religious and clergy recognize and accept each others as sisters and brothers it must be a Participatory Church (FABC IV, 8.. 1.. 1-2).. Part of this vision on a New way of Being Church was the growing concern to discover a more contexualized pastoral approach that would take into consideration the cultures and needs of the local churches.. In various meetings and during visitation with individual dioceses and church leaders, the FABC OL was regularly requested to introduce and share materials that would meet the formation needs of people today.. Among the many materials was the approach, developed by the Lumko Missiological Institute associated with the Bishops Conference in South Africa.. The FABC OL facilitated a number of Lumko exposure Programs in Asia and discovered that there were many positive responses.. Because of the level of interest in Lumko, one of the workshops at the 5th Plenary Assembly of FABC in Bandung, Indonesia in 1990 was devoted to introducing some of this material.. As a result of the enthusiasm of the bishops who participated, the FABC OL was requested to organize 2 international Asian level Lumko training courses.. The first of these was co-sponsored with the Pastoral Center Taiwan and was in Mandarin, the second took place in Thailand and was conducted in English.. In November 1993, a Consultation sponsored by the FABC offices of Human Development and Laity was held in Malaysia.. It was during this consultation that AsIPA (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach) was born.. The FABC Consultation in 1993 gave a positive evaluation of the formation programs conducted by the FABC OL and encouraged them to continue the adaptation process of Lumko materials into Asian context and to develop its own materials.. AsIPA.. is the achievement of a long process: As the importance of the role of the laity became more accepted, the local Churches also realized there is a corresponding need for lay formation, so that lay people could play their rightful role in the Church.. In some early attempts at lay formation, the emphasis was on an academic approach which led to the realization that a different model of formation was needed:.. A model that would incorporate the principles of adult education, respect for the experience of the participants and be open to the real situation and needs of the local community.. The meaning of AsIPA (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach).. AsIPA is.. Asian.. because it seeks to implement the vision articulated by the Asian Bishops and to face the realities of the Asian peoples that challenge the Church in Asia: our pluralism, the existence of the great Asian religions, the vast numbers of young people and their vitality, massive poverty, the women s movement, the ecological movement etc.. It is.. Integral.. in that it seeks to achieve a balance between the spiritual and the social , between the individual and the community, between the hierarchical leadership and the co-responsibility of the laity.. It is therefore integral in both its approach and its content.. Pastoral.. in that its goal it to implement the vision of the new way of being Church, and particularly to train lay people to carry out their mission in the Church and in the world.. It thereby constitutes a demand that priests be trained to encourage the co-responsibility of the laity and to work in teams.. This requires a new style of leadership.. As an.. Approach.. , AsIPA is a process of realizing the vision of a participatory Church.. It addresses the entire people of God.. It is a pastoral approach, which is Christ- and community-centered , allowing the participants of training courses to search for themselves and to experience a New Way of Being Church.. AsIPA Courses.. Training programmes on international and national level (for pastoral leaders, priests and lay people) with exposure to BCCs have proved to be effective tools to see the vision and to acquire the skills needed in a Participatory Church (e.. new leadership style, Gospel based communities, participative formation programmes).. Materials Developed.. To date, there are four series of materials with specific objectives that will assist the facilitators and the participants in a training course: These AsIPA texts are compiled by trainers who are involved at the grassroots level.. They can be used for small communities, for neighborhood groups and even for sessions with larger groups in a parish hall.. They are prepared as a guide for a participatory process and compiled in such a way that with minimum preparation, a facilitator can use them following the instructions in the text.. AsIPA texts have been translated into more than 15 Asian languages.. Current Status of AsIPA.. The Second AsIPA General Assembly in October (2000) gave a clear picture how far the effort has gone.. It gathered 105 participants from 12 Asian countries and Papua New Guinea for an exchange of experiences, to share locally developed materials and to deepen into the methodology.. The Assembly identified 4 main challenges: inculturation, becoming agents for change, harmony and dialogue, and collaborative style of leadership.. It also recommended that a general assembly of diocesan and national teams be held once every 3 years to be a continuous forum of exchange and deepening in the vision of a Participatory Church.. The first General Assembly was in 1996 attended by trainers from 8 Asian countries and Papua New Guinea.. An Editorial Board was set up to develop new training booklets.. In some countries, locally produced texts are also being used and through the Editorial Board, some of those materials are designed to be suitable for the wider Asian formation sessions.. After the second General Assembly, an Editorial Consultation Network was created to meet increasing demands from local teams.. To date, the different AsIPA courses at Asian, national and diocesan levels have reached almost all the member conferences of the FABC, in 17 countries.. There are AsIPA teams in 12 countries to coordinate efforts.. Six are national teams.. The FABC-OL AsIPA Desk has been taking charge of international coordination and organization to form the Asian facilitating teams.. Executive Board.. Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, csc.. Dhaka, Bangladesh.. Chairman.. Bishop Joel Z.. Baylon.. Legaspi, Philippines.. OLF & Women's Desk.. Ms.. Wendy Louis.. Executive Secretary.. CAEC, 2 Highland Rd.. #01-09.. Singapore 549102.. Tel: (65) 68587081.. E-mail:.. laityfamily@gmail.. Patrick S.. Gomes.. c/o Archbishop's House.. 1 No.. Kakrail Road, Ramna.. Box 3, Dhaka 1000.. Tel: (88-02) 934 5131 / 831 5405-09.. psimongomes@yahoo.. youthdeskfabc@gmail.. Bibiana Joo-hyun Ro.. 643-1 Junggok 1-dong.. Gwangjin-gu, Seoul.. South Korea, 143 912.. Tel: (82-2) 460 7547.. Fax: (82-2) 460 7545.. fabc@gmail.. AsIPA (BEC) Desk EVENTS.. AsIPA (BEC) Desk Documents.. 1st AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement.. 2nd AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement.. 3rd AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement.. 4th AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement.. 5th AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement.. 6th AsIPA General Assembly Final Statement.. AsIPA (BEC) Desk Resources.. SCC The Fundamental Paradigm for the Church.. Report of Regional SCC Meeting in India 2012.. Report of National Council SCC Meeting in India 2012.. AsIPA Texts.. AsIPA texts consist of four series of materials with specific objectives that will assist the facilitators and the participants in training courses.. They can be used for small communities, for neighborhood groups and even for sessions with larger groups.. They are prepared as a guide for a participatory process.. All texts are the property of the FABC, Office of Laity and Family, AsIPA Desk.. Permission to photocopy and amend is given freely.. List of AsIPA Texts Available.. A.. Gospel Sharing.. A-1.. Gospel Sharing Adds The One Thing Needed.. A-2.. Gospel Sharing is Digging the Treasure.. A-3.. We Experience 7 Step Gospel Sharing.. A-4.. With Christ We Share Ourselves.. A-5.. You are My Witnesses.. A-6.. Difference Between Gospel Sharing and Bible Study.. A-7.. The Bible-Mirror Method.. A-8.. The Problem Solving Scheme.. Gospel Sharing Methods.. Seven Steps Method of Gospel Sharing.. Bible Mirror (Group Response) Method of Gospel Sharing.. Lookl Listen Love Method of Gospel Sharing.. B.. Small Christian Communities.. B-1.. SCCs are A Home for Everyone.. B-2.. SCCs are A Concrete Expression of the Church.. B-3.. Why Small Christian Communities?.. B-4.. Leadership in Small Christian Communities.. B-5.. Small Christian Communities Evaluate Themselves.. B-6a.. What is Evangelization?.. B-6b.. Evangelization is Sharing our Hope.. B-6c.. Be Converted to God s Ways!.. B-7a.. Guiding Leadership.. B-7b.. Attitudes of a Guiding Leader.. B-7c.. The Working Style of a Guiding Leader' or Animator as a Community Builder.. B-8a.. The Eucharist Making us one.. B9.. SCCs and Associations.. B10.. Pastoral Visiting.. C.. Our Vision of A Participatory Church.. C-1.. Participating in the Friendship of Christ.. C-2.. Sent to Participate in the Mission of Christ.. C-3.. Participating in God s Plan for the World.. C-4.. Co-Responsible Fellow Workers not Helpers.. C-5.. The Gifts of the Spirit makes Participation Possible.. C-6.. Our Dream of a Participatory Church.. C-7.. A New Way of Being Church Is it really New?.. C-9.. The Laity and their special mission Participation in what?.. D.. Pastoral Planning-Awareness Programmes-Leadership for the Parish.. D-1.. In Search of A Pastoral Focus.. D-2.. Training Parish Teams to conduct Awareness Programmes (AP).. D-3.. We Are Called and Sent.. D-4.. We Are Sent to Create Unity.. D-5.. The Focal Point of All our Parish Activities.. D-6.. How to Start Small Christian Communities (SCCs).. D-7.. How to Maintain Small Christian Communities (SCCs).. D-8.. Serving Like Jesus.. D-9.. Leadership in the New Way of Being Church.. D-10.. SCCs and Leadership Styles..

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