DATELINE MYANMAR

MYANMAR EPISCOPAL COMISSION FOR BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE (ECBA)

NEWS UPDATE

We, the National and diocesan BPM Core Teams, would like to share with you our joy about the developments of our BPM here.

  1. 1. 2009 BASIC BIBLE SEMINAR (BBS KIT) HAS BEEN TRANSLATED AND PRINTED IN BURMESE LANGUAGE THIS MAKES TWO LANGUAGES AS THE FIRST ONE WAS TRANSLATED IN JINGPHAW LANGUAGE IN 2002

The translation began in 2007 but it was only completed in 2009. The translation was made due to the demands of BBS in Burmese language. Since 2007, the Basic Bible Seminars were conducted in both English and Burmese since our coordinator Sr. Tammy is from the Philippines and she does not have the capability in conducting the sessions in the local language. Her Core Team members are all local whom she has developed and trained so they could conduct the sessions in Burmese. But in May 2009, the Core Team Formation Workshop (Training on how to conduct the BBS) was held in Burmese language for the first time. The National BBS Core Team conducted it themselves with Sr. Tammy’s supervision. When the participants were studying the Kit in Burmese language, Sr. Tammy felt like John the Baptist –“Thy must increase and I must decrease” it was a joy to see them empowered so that the Word of God may reach to all corners of Myanmar. Fr. Ludger wrote a message to the people of Myanmar printed in the BBS Burmese Kit.

2.  NATIONAL BASIC BIBLE SEMINAR (BBS) BATCH 2

September 14-18, 2009

There were 68 participants from 8 dioceses: 38 lay, 16 priests, 13 Religious Sisters and 1 Bishop. The number was lower than what was estimated before the seminar since many of the participants were not available when the day came.  Out of the eight dioceses, seven dioceses have not been reached by our Biblical Pastoral Formation Programs as seven out of 14 dioceses have their own BBS Diocesan Core Teams formed. The participants were so happy having attended the BBS and are looking forward to participate in the National Bible Facilitators’ Seminar (BFS) and Core Team Formation Workshop (CTFW) next year so that their diocese will have their own BBS Core Team.

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3. Myanmar National BPM Assembly

September 20-23, 2009

Preparatory Meeting # 2 to hold the

2nd National Biblical Apostolate Workshop in November 2010.

Each participating diocese of the National BBS batch 2 have chosen 2-3 participants for this meeting joined by the dioceses that have already BPM established in their dioceses. There were altogether 51 participants from 14 dioceses of Myanmar Church facilitated by our National BPM Coordinator: Sr. Tammy Saberon. The meeting was a success as all participants were very active in their participation and were very happy looking forward to the big event in the field of Biblical Pastoral Ministry in Myanmar Church.

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Here is the result of the meeting:

Day 1 November 6, 2010 – Arrival of Participants from the different dioceses and special guests

Day 2 November 7, 2010 – Biblical Festival for Bible Awareness

  1. Bible Quiz Competitions
  2. Biblical Song Competitions
  3. Biblical Drama Competitions
  4. Biblical Booth Competitions

Day 3  November 8, 2010 – Conferences

Theme of the Workshop: God’s Word: Source of Reconciliation, Unity and Peace

Day 4, 5,6 November 9-11, 2010 – 2nd National Biblical Apostolate Workshop With official delegates from each diocese

Day 7 November 12, 2010 – Departure

Materials for the Workshop:

  1. In puts from the Conferences
  2. Final Statement of the 7th CBF Plenary Assembly – Tanzania June /July 2008
  3. October 2008 Synod of Bishops (Rome) – Documents on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church

BIBLICAL PASTORAL TRAINING COURSE @ EAPI FROM JANUARY 4-APRIL 4, 2010

There will be eight participants from Myanmar for this course who are already active in BPM in the National and diocesan level. This course will help them to strengthen the existing BPM in our country.

ASIA OCEANIA BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE WORKSHOP NEXT YEAR IN THAILAND

We are very happy to know that this workshop is not limited to one member one delegate but is open to those interested and can pay their way to Thailand. This opens the possibility of having a few delegates from Myanmar. This will be an opportunity to be more aware of the importance of the Word in the life of the Church which has been neglected for years by the Catholic Church.

Report By: Msgr Maurice Nyunt Wai

Pathein Diocese BPM Coordinator

National BPM Core Team member

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