3 October 2017
His Excellency Bishop Broderick Pabillo
Commission on the Laity CLP Headquarters Bldg.
372 Cabildo Street, Intramuros, 1002 Manila
Dear Bishop Pabillo,
The Institute for Marriage and Family Development (IMFD) of the University of Asia and the Pacific, is cordially inviting the lay diocesan and parish workers, especially those involved with the Episcopal Commissions on Family and Life, Doctrine of the Faith, and Education and Catechesis, including lay teachers of Religion and catechists of parish and diocesan schools to a symposium with Fr. John Flader, entitled,
JOURNEY INTO TRUTH … OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY VALUES: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
scheduled for Tuesday, 17 October, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the PLDT Hall, University of Asia and the Pacific.
Fr. Flader, an American priest based in Australia, talks about the Catholic truth embodied in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the ultimate foundation of family values. He reiterates the danger of humanism that is detached from the whole truth about God and man, especially true among those who are doing social work and those defending family values as a purely human good.
Fr Flader BA (Harvard University), DCL (University of Navarre), was ordained a priest of Opus Dei in 1967 and came to Australia in 1968. He has served as Director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre of the Archdiocese of Sydney (2002-2010) and chaplain of Warrane College at the University of New South Wales (1970-1991), the University of Tasmania (1992-1997) RMIT University (1998-2001), of Montgrove College (2011-2014) and since 2015, Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook, Sydney.
He is the presenter of Journey into Truth, a set of DVDs with 24 half-hour talks on the Catholic Faith based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to be shown on EWTN. He has a blog (fatherfladerblog.com) on which he posts podcasts of meditations on all aspects of the spiritual life and occasional articles on the faith. Since 2005 he has written a weekly column of questions and answers on the faith in Sydney’s The Catholic Weekly and other Catholic newspapers, leading to the publication of four volumes of Question Time with 600 questions and answers.
The session shall include a summary presentation of the profile of family life and youth lifestyle in the Philippines and a moderated forum with the audience. Admission is free. The DVD series of Father Flader, as well as his book on Journey into Truth will be made available.
We hope you will find this series worth the while of the lay leaders involved in your apostolate. We are extending this invitation as well to the lay teachers of Religion in religious private schools.
May we get in touch with your designated point person to help us with the expected headcount? In-charge of the series is Antonio N. Torralba (0917-8344492, firstname.lastname@example.org), university fellow and trustee, We are sending you a soft copy of the printed invitation.
Thank you and warmest personal regards to all your undertakings in shepherding the people under your constituency to greater heights of doctrinal appreciation and stability in response to the Gift of Faith!
University Fellow and Trustee