BANGKOK WILL WAIT – 2010
THE 6th CBF-SEA WORKSHOP
In Cagayan de Oro last February, we agreed to have the next workshop in September 2009 in Bangkok. Now there are other considerations. Some suggest to give it a wider scope: instead of SEA, have an ASIAN meeting and even include BIBA (Bishops’ Institute for the Biblical Apostolate). The time is set for September 2010 in BANGKOK. How do you like this idea? Why postpone it one year? Fr. Jacob Theckanath, BIBA’s secretary whom we consulted regarding this matter wrote the following:
“… the DOCUMENT of the Synod should become the focus and without its publication a gathering of Bishops of the countries of Asia may not be very helpful. It is a valid point. Since the synod document might take more than one year (as it has been up to now), how do we plan the topics that would be of interest to the Bishops and the National Secretaries of the Episcopal Commissions on Biblical apostolate? These are some of the questions that make me feel that it is too early to get the Bishops of Asia ….
The more I think of a new Asian event, I think that the relationship to outcome of the Synod is very important. Our gathering -post synod – should contribute to the implementation of the orientations of the Synod from an Asian perspective and in our Asian context. The papers should bring out the interface between the Synod Vision and Orientation and our Asian response. That will be a contribution to the dioceses and countries, I hope…..”
So we wait one more year till September 2010 for the publication of the Synod Document. An important task is awaiting us: how to contribute to the implementation of the orientations of the Synod from an Asian perspective and in our Asian context….
Today is Thanksgiving’s day. Let us thank our Lord for having entrusted us with the biblical apostolate so dear to his Heart. Thank you Lord for the CBF, thank you for each of our friends in the CBF.
In the Lord,
yours Sr. Emma Gunanto, osu.