Seven diocesan priests, two permanent deacons and a lay couple from the Archdiocese of Berlin visited Magagmay nga Kristianong Katlingban (MKK) or Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in the Archdiocese of Jaro on March 3-7, 2016. This visit is part of a course orientation to a Participatory Church given by Bukal Ng Tipan, a CICM Mission Spirituality Center that partners with the Archdiocese in their journey towards building a Participatory Church.
The Berlin group arrived on Thursday, March 3, 2016 and were welcomed by Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo and staff of the Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Secretariat (JAPS), led by JAPS Director, Fr. Robert Amalay. Fr. Mark Lesage, former director and Estela Padilla, program coordinator for Bukal Ng Tipan accompanied the group as they visited MKKs in six parishes: Lemery, San Dionisio, Sto. Tomas-Passi, San Miguel, Tubungan and Igbaras.
This pastoral immersion/exposure is an ongoing collaboration with Bukal Ng Tipan to introduce dioceses and parishes to the BEC program of Jaro, enhanced by new approaches learned from the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Yolanda affected MKKs. It allows different dioceses to experience BEC as a reality, not merely a concept. The exchange also provides host MKKs with a realistic assessment of their community and insights on how to further improve and sustain the faith with integral, participatory and holistic approaches based on observations from guest dioceses.
The members of the Berlin group are Oliver Cornelius (parish priest), Alfons Eising (deacon), Peter Kiesewetter (deacon), Stefan Friedrichowicz (parish priest), Martin Kalinowski (parish priest), Steffen Karas (parish priest), Arduino Marra (parish priest), Armin Kögler (parish priest), Bertram Tippelt (parish priest), Vera Krause (lay) and Dieter Tewes (lay).
This is the second of a series of visits that will be hosted by the archdiocese in close partnership with Bukal Ng Tipan for this year.