“Receive the Holy Spirit”

(John 20:22)

 “The Spirit restores paradise to us and the way to heaven and adoption as children of God; he instills confidence that we may call God truly Father and grants us the grace of Christ to be children of the light and to enjoy eternal glory. In a word, he bestows the fullness of blessings in this world and the next; for we may contemplate now in the mirror of faith the promised things we shall someday enjoy.  If this is the foretaste, what must the reality be? If these are the first fruits, what must be the harvest?” (From the treatise by Basil the Great on The Holy Spirit)

The Lord Jesus offers each one of us the gift and power of his Holy Spirit. He wants to make our faith strong, give us hope that endures, and a love that never grows cold. He never refuses to give his Spirit to those who ask with expectant faith. Jesus instructed his disciples to ask confidently for the gift of the Spirit: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).

Let us pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at this preparation stage of our coming 6th CBF South-East Asia Workshop on August 6 -10, 2012 at the Ursuline Convent, Jalan Supratman 1, Bandung, Indonesia.


Text:           1John 1:2-3 “We proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father    and which was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.


  1. To be able to apply Verbum Domini in our respective contexts and specific ministries;
  2. To exchange materials and resources in the implementation of Verbum Domini to different sectors of our society;
  3. To make a common plan or program for Verbum Domini information and to implement the exhortations to different groups and ministries.

Speakers/ Resource Persons:

            1.  Keynote Speaker: Most Rev. Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar.

            2.   Verbum Dei – Part I and Part II: Most Rev Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

                  Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Philippines, Charman of ECBA.

            3.   Verbum in Ecclesia – Most Rev.  Renato Mayugba, D.D.

                  Auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Vice Chairman of ECBA

            4.   Verbum Mundo – Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo D.D.

                  Auxiliary Bishop of Manila.

Let us unite ourselves together in prayer as members of the CBF-SEA for the success of this Bible Event in our Sub-region. We pray for the organizers, the coordinating team, participants, delegates, resource persons, collaborators, support staff, benefactors and friends that the Holy Spirit will inspire them all, sets their hearts on fire for the love of the Word making the coming 6th Southeast Asian Bible Workshop meaningful, blissful and fruitful!

In Verbum Domini,

The Coordinating Team

Sr. Emma Gunanto, OSU

Ms. Estrella del Mar

Fr. Doms Ramos, SVD


Bible Seminar in Kompong Cham

Just after Easter, a Bible seminar took place in Kompong Cham. Prepared for all the new baptized of 2011 and 2012, this seminar, first of its kind, allowed them to learn how to use and read the Holy Bible. During three days, about 60 youths from the Diocese of Kompong Cham attended various conferences animated by the inter-diocesan Bible committee directed by Bishop Antonysamy.

The program of this seminar was build in order to be accessible to everyone, but also to give few but deep keys for the reading of the Bible. After learning how to locate the different books in the Bible, the youth met in groups to discuss about the meaning and the importance of the Word of God in their day-to-day life.

Combining conferences, sharing, and prayer times, this seminar was the opportunity for every new baptized to feel part of the Universal Church. Fr. Vincent, coordinator of the committee, explained to the youth that those who wish it and register would receive every week a sms giving the reference of a biblical text to read and think about.

At the closing mass, Bishop Antonysamy gave to every youth a copy of the Holy Bible that they can bring to their home. Next Bible Seminar will take place in June 16th to 18th for the Diocese of Phnom Penh.

Fr. Vincent Senechal