The Regional Assembly of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas leaders this April discussed the Year of the Parish theme: Forming Basic Ecclesial Communities as Agents sof Communion, Participation and Mission. Held at the Poveda Learning Center Gymnasium on 8 April 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, the event was attended by around 50 leaders from national lay organizations and diocesan councils of the laity based in Metro Manila. Bp. Broderick Pabillo opened the conference with an introduction to the seven pillars of the Basic Ecclesial Communities. These are:
- Kamalayan bilang nagpanibagong Kristiyano (metanoia)
- Komunyon o Pagkakaisa (koinonia)
- Salita ng Diyos (kerygma, catechesis)
- Panalangin at Eukaristiya (leiturgia)
- Gawaing Pang kapwa / Lipunan (diakonia)
- Pangangalaga sa mga dukha (anawim), and
- Pinunong Lingkod at Kasaping Nakikilahok
Bishop Pabillo emphasized that BEC is more than just an activity or a ministry. It is a culture, a way of life, a shared belief, and relationship.
Guest speaker for the occasion is Msgr. Emmanuel Gabriel, who made a presentation on the call to communion. He discussed the context of Basic Ecclesial Community as a call to mission within the church. There are several levels of being called to participate in the mission of Jesus Christ. The BEC is the call-to-mission of families or households, he said, for us to share in the priestly, kingly and prophetic mission of the Church. It is a means for every Christian home to sense its belongingness to the Church.
The LAIKO leaders’ assembly is held every month to tackle current issues that impact on the moral and spiritual welfare of the Catholic laity.