|Official Name||Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Covenant Community|
|Other Name or Acronym||BLD|
|Vision||We are a communion of individuals, couples, and families called together as one people through a moment of encounter and the process of renewal, to a relationship of faith, hope, and love of God. We are reconciled with the Father by our saving faith in Jesus Christ, our renewing trust in the Holy Spirit, and our uniting compassion with one another. We are blessed with personal gifts – spiritual and natural, innate or acquired – which we yield to the Word and the Spirit. We give freely and fully of ourselves; love and serve one another as we seek and proclaim God’s Kingdom. We commit, as disciples of Jesus, to speak the words and do the deeds of Christ among all peoples and nations to whom we are called by the Lord.|
|Mission||As a communion of encountered individuals, couples, and families, we are called by the Lord;
|year accredited w/ laiko||(N.B. not stated)|
|History||BLD started with 20 ME couples together with Fr. Pascual Adorable from ME – Buklod ng Pag-ibig Community of Encountered Couples. Bukas Loob sa Diyos is coined after “Buklod”: Bukas from “Buk”, Loob from “lo” and Diyos from “d”. On January 24, 1984, leaders discerned the community mission. BLDFI was then incorporated on December 12, 1984 with By-Laws ratified on May 23, 1985.On July 31, 1987, the teaching ministry was created for the Christian formation of its members. In November 1993, the first members of the CSL were chosen to serve up to 1997. In February 1998, Bishop Angel Lagdameo was appointed BLD Community Spiritual Director by the CBCP.In 1998–1999, foundation for BLD Global Structure was set in place. As of November 2008, BLD has 49 Districts worldwide, 24 Districts in the Philippines and 25 Districts in USA, Canada and Hong Kong.|
|Organizational Structure||The BLD Covenant Community is composed of BLD Districts located in Dioceses in any part of the world. A BLD District is a group of BLD Covenant Community members residing within an Archdiocese or Diocese. The BLD Community Council of Servant Leaders (“CCSL”) is composed of an Executive Council of Servant of five (5) Servant Leaders. The BLD District Council of Stewards (“DCS”) is the local governing body of a BLD District. It is composed of three (3) to five (5) resident Couple Stewards. Leaders (”ECSL”) and a District Servant Leader (“DSL”) from each Full-term BLD District. The ECSL is a body who has governance over all BLD District globally and resides in the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila where the seat of the BLD Covenant Community is. Every BLD Covenant Community member is under the pastoral care of those who exercise leadership and governance in the BLD Covenant Community. The BLD Community Spiritual Director exercises pastoral care over the members of the community throughout the world. He is also the pastoral head of the Community Council of Servant Leaders. The ECSL exercises pastoral care over all BLD DCS, together with its District Spiritual Director, while the DSL exercises pastoral care over the BLD District Council of Stewards under their assigned Districts. All governing leaders – Community Council of Servant Leaders and District Council of Stewards are selected through an Emergence Process to serve for a term of three (3) years. Any leader who has served for two terms must go on sabbatical from a governing position for one year.|
|Composition of Membership||A BLD Covenant Community member may fall into three classifications of membership – Regular Member, Committed Disciple or Covenanted Disciple. The entry points to Regular Membership are the Encounter Programs (Marriage Encounter, Singles Encounter, Solo Parents Encounter, Family Encounter, and Youth Encounter). A Committed Disciple is a Regular Member who has completed the Life in the Spirit Seminar and an encounter program, and has freely signed the BLD Covenant Community Commitment – sealed by the action of the Holy Spirit at the Consecration of the Gifts during the Eucharistic Celebration. A Covenanted Disciple is a Committed Member who has freely signed the BLD Covenant Community Covenant – sealed by the action of the Holy Spirit at the Consecration of the Gifts during the Eucharistic Celebration.|
|Main Activities||Evangelization – weekly prayer meetings, encounter programs (Family Encounter, Marriage Encounter, Singles Encounter, Youth Encounter & Solo Parents Encounter), Life in the Spirit Seminars.
Formation – Christian Discipleship Formation Program to ensure the spiritual growth of community members for service in the BLD Covenant Community and in the larger Church.
Mission – outreaches in Parishes and Institutions to conduct evangelization and formation programs, conduct of poverty alleviation programs (such as housing for the poor, livelihood programs) and supporting social action programs (medical mission, pro-life advocacy, visiting the sick and the imprisoned).
Pastoral – Pastoral Care Program for all BLD Covenant Community members globally. Principal venue for pastoral care is the weekly Word Sharing Circles.
|Areas Present||Full Term Districts► Manila, Cebu, Davao, San Pablo, Zamboanga, Bacolod, Rockville Center – Long Island, Toronto, Newark
Full-Fledged Districts► AFP-PNP, Cagayan De Oro, Laoag, Lipa, Lucena, Malolos, Pagadian, Detroit, Phoenix, Trenton, Reno, Seattle, Vancouver, Washington, Hong Kong, Cleveland
Districts-in-Process► Aurora, Baguio, Dumaguete, Imus, Ipil, Jaro, Mati, Ormoc, Ozamis, Tagbilaran, Tagum, Allentown, Albany, Camden, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Edmonton, Hamilton, Los Angeles, Rochester, Rockland, Sacramento, San Francisco, St. Catharines.
Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas- CBCP
Federation of Transparochial Charismatic Communities (FTCC),
Marriage Encounter of the Philippines (MEFP)
|Official Contact Address||87-A Amorsolo Street, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City, Philippines|
|Official Contact Numbers||Telephone: + 63. 2. 817.6246
Telefax: + 63. 2. 815.3355
|Website||Global: www.bldworld.org ; BLD Manila: www.bldmanila.com|
||The white spirit dove within a red colored heart represents the descending Holy Spirit in our human hearts. It only proclaims that the human condition is capable by its own power only of opening our human hearts in faith and love and hope to the all-powerful and potent grace of God, the Only One who saves, redeems and empowers.|
|Current Officers||Executive Council of Servant Leaders (ECSL)
(July 2006 – June 2009)
Management: Lito & Jasmin Abastillas
Evangelization: Bogie & Margie Lorenzo
Formation: Jun & Baby Delarmente
Mission: Danny & Ludy Andres
Pastoral: Eliong & Leah Sison