The 10th National Conference for Religious Educators (NCRE X) was held at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City last October 21-22, 2017. We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe was the theme of the conference that coincide with the 20th Year Celebration of the Catechism for the Filipino Catholics (CFC). Two hundred forty catechists and religious educators from different schools, universities and institutions around the country participated in the said event. Five catechists from the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM) joined the annual conference.
The theme “We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe” was developed by Dr. Roberto Conrado O. Guevarra, PhD. He led the assembly into the realization of this remembering and rekindling of zeal in their chosen vocation. He shared that as we celebrate, our journey towards wholeness includes those things he called shadows of life and the mercy of God. And as we believe, we also become aware of the challenge of the mission.
Some personalities who graced the conference were his Excellency, Bishop Roberto C. Mallari, the chairman of Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE) and Rev. Fr. Salvatore Putzu, SDB who established the Word and Life Publication. Bishop Mallari presented to the participants the proposed revision of the CFC, the reasons for its revision including the members of the committee, bishop-advisers and some catechetical institutions that would be involved in the process of revision. Fr. Salvatore Putzu on the other hand presented the history and legacy of the CFC for he himself had worked on it closely and intensely with Fr. Joseph Roche, SJ upon the initiative of the late Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi, OP who was then the chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Education and Religious Instruction (ECERI) known today as ECCCE.
With the above presentations, there was an assigned reactor in the person of Dr. Patricia P. Lambino, PhD. She was from the Theology Department of the Ateneo de Manila University and at present the coordinator of the Formation Institute for Religion Educators (FIRE), a scholarship program for Religious Educators and Catechists. She highlighted the specifics on Keeping the CFC’s Legacy Alive especially at that point in time that the proposal for revision was being presented to the participants of the conference.
The catechists were indeed privileged for receiving the sponsored slots on the said conference. The NCRE X had 15 break-out sessions which were equally divided in Doctrine, Morals and Worship and the participants had pre-registered on their 3 chosen sessions before the conference. An integration session on the second day was provided for each participant to integrate as well as to share to his/her fellows with the same levels and groups what he/she had learned from the different talks. All the participants gathered once more for the sending-off celebration. The Holy Mass was presided by Rev. Fr. Daniel Sormani, CSSp and was animated by the singing of The Bukas Palad Music Ministry.
Ma. Concepcion R. Sanchez