MANILA,February 7, 2018–Responding to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ appeal to the faithful to discern the moral implications of the proposed Charter change, the National Clergy Discernment Group invites members of the clergy to the National Discernment of Priests on their Prophetic Role, on March 6 to 7 at the Paul Van Parijs Hall, 3rd floor of Maryhill School of Theology (MST) Library, 62, 14th St. corner Gilmore Avenue, New Manila Quezon City.
According to Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, convenor of the gathering, the event was organized to help reactivate “’circles of discernment’ – to discern, decide, and act what is necessary in the light of Gospel values the urgent moral task that seriously impacts the future of our nation.”
On Jan. 29, CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles issued pastoral guidelines for “discerning the moral dimension of the present-day moves for Charter change,” which called on the faithful to “have an informed conscience and decide in the light of Gospel values.”
“Do what is necessary. Persuade our legislators to do only what is genuinely for the good of all on this issue of Charter change,” it added.
Aside from political issues, the gathering will also focus on the CBCP’s declaration of 2018 as the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the 6th year celebration of the Church in the Philippines’ 9-year “spiritual journey” towards 2021, the 500th year after the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
The event also hopes discuss the recommendation of Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia to pay greater attention to seminary formation.
Invited speakers include San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Seminaries chairman; Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon Commission on Human Rights chairperson; and Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, among others.
Interested priests/brothers may submit their registration form via firstname.lastname@example.org or fax no. (02) 584.3190. The event secretariat could also be reached at mobile no. 0932-434-2278.
The registration of Php1,000 per person will cover food, materials and other logistical needs of the event. (CBPCNews)