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Bishop Pabillo Speaks on Governance in the Church

Ongoing Formation Series (OGF) AY 2017-2018 Talk 2

What kind of leadership does the Church need today? Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo drew from the wisdom of Pope Francis and Evangelii Gaudium (EG) as he presented what governance in the Church requires in our time during the second installment of this academic year’s Ongoing Formation Series (OGF) in DBCS last September 11.

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No Time to Waste, and We Just Can’t Wait

Once again I sit multitasking at my office desk. Which necessarily includes going over my FB News Feed, even just in the “background.” But suddenly, I am completely stalled. No, not again — I think to myself. I am stopped and stuck in my tracks, in a state of shock, sadness, and anger. Another teenager has been killed. I don’t even need to go to further details…

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Images of a Good Shepherd

The accompanying photo for this blog post is that of a wood carving depicting the Good Shepherd. I received it as a souvenir, back in 2008 during our congregation’s 26th General Chapter in Rome. It’s actually from the Holy Land, carved out of olive wood. However (from the aesthetic point of view), it didn’t really strike me then. In fact, even until now. Nevertheless, for some strange reason, I still keep this wood carving with me.

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Of Mentors and Students (Silence, and My Own Struggles – conclusion)

Here’s my take on Silence using the youth ministry lens: It strikes me that the young Jesuit priests Rodrigues (portrayed by Andrew Garfield) and Garupe (Adam Driver) were both students of Ferreira (Liam Neeson). Their determination to go and search for him, despite the threat of persecution and death (shown in the introductory scenes when the two were discussing plans with their superior), and then the crucial, face-to-face confrontation between Rodrigues and Ferreira later, were two pivotal and potent moments.

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The Church as Communion: Gift from God and Call to love

Ongoing Formation Series (OGF) AY 2017-2018 Talk 1

From the moment of its birth, communion was meant to be a mark of the Church. It is after all as Vatican II clearly taught, the People of God. It is not an edifice or building but “the people loved by God and called into a communion of life and love with Him and with one another.” Speaking on the Church as Communion, Professor of Dogmatic Theology Fr. Anthony Nguyen, SDB began the OGF Series this year….

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