“St. Jerome of China” Beatified!

Beatification of Fr. Gabriele Maria Allegra OFM

“St. Jerome of China “

Praise God!

A holy biblical scholar, Fr. Gabriele Maria Allegra OFM (1907-1976), referred as “St. Jerome of China”, steps closer to sainthood and is beatified on 29 September 2012, Feast of the Holy Archangels. The Vatican approved a miracle attributed to Fr. Allegra’s intercession in 2002, and that the cure of a Hong Kong-Chinese priest’s father who suffered from terminal liver cancer was miraculous.

The favourite text of Blessed Fr. Gabriele Maria Allegra: “I belong to you Lord God Almighty, and so your words filled my heart with joy and happiness.” (Jer 15:16)

Fr. Allegra’s beatification, in honour of his masterful translation of the first complete Chinese Catholic Bible offered as a holy gift to God’s Chinese Church in 1968 after the promulgation of DEI VERBUM, is celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the holy priest’s hometown in Acireale, Sicily at the Cathedral Basilica of Mary Most Holy Annunciation. It is very meaningful for this joyous event to take place in commemoration with 50 years of opening the Second Vatican Council, prior to the upcoming Bishops’ Synod on New Evangelisation in October to mark the Year of Faith. In his exhortation VERBUM DOMINI, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted: “Every saint is like a ray of light streaming forth from the word of God.” The most profound interpretation of Scripture comes precisely from those who let themselves be shaped by the word of God through listening, reading and assiduous meditation.

The life of Fr. Allegra is an eloquent testimony of the primacy of love of Christ and faithful service to the Church, after the manner of Saint Francis. He was an authentic picture of a Friar Minor, a humble disciple of Wisdom, and a zealous apostle of the Word of God in the land of the East. The new Blessed indicates eloquently through his heroic witness of life the “great graces which are like the known characteristics with which the Lord wanted to mark the little poor Family through Holiness, the Apostolate, the Wisdom, the Martyrdom, and a love for the Heavenly Father experienced through Jesus’ love for the Immaculate Mother and the Church” (Memoirs, book V, ch. XI)

The II Vatican Council states: In the lives of the saints “God vividly manifests his presence and his face. He speaks to us in them, and gives us a sign of his kingdom, to which we are strongly drawn, having so great a cloud of witnesses over us and such a witness to the truth of the gospel. Nor is it by the title only of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven, but still more in order that the union of the whole Church may be strengthened in the Spirit by the practice of fraternal charity (cf. Eph 4:1-6). For just as Christian communion among wayfarers brings us closer to Christ, so our companionship with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head, issues every grace and the very life of the people of God.”

Holiness inspired by the word of God thus belongs in a way of the prophetic tradition, wherein the word of God sets the prophet’s very life at its service. The Holy Spirit who inspires the sacred authors is the same Spirit who impels the saints to offer their lives for the Gospel. In striving to learn from their example, we set out on the sure way towards a living and effective hermeneutic of the word of God.

As co-servants of the Word, through the intercession of Blessed Fr. Gabriele Maria Allegra (who spent almost 30 years of his life in Hong Kong) and other saints and blesseds, let us ask the Lord that our own lives may be that “good soil” in which the divine sower plants the word, so that it may bear within us fruits of holiness, “thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundred fold” (Mk 4:20). [Verbum Domini 49]

Cecilia Chui


Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD new representative of ECBA-CBCP

Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, DD

Elected/Appointed by the CBCP to represent ECBA to CBF

Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD

The vice chairman of ECBA Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, DD was recently elected/appointed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to represent this full member to the CBF.   ECBA was elected in Dar Es Salaam CBF Plenary Assembly in 2008 to represent the Asia -Oceania Region to the Executive Committee (EC).   Bishop Mayugba now represents Asia-Oceania in the CBF Executive Committee until the next CBF Plenary Assembly.

The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is supervised and governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of Bishop Commission Members, Executive Secretary, and the Regional Directors. It communicates with the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) and the office of Evangelization of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) and maintains relations with the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), the Summer Institute of Linguistic (SIL) and other inter-confessional organizations involved in Biblical Apostolate.

ECBA is a Full Member of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) which is “a Catholic world fellowship, of administratively distinct international local organizations committed to biblical-pastoral ministry”. The federation is a public association of Christ’s faithful. It relates to the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

ECBA is run by an Executive Board composed of the Bishop Chairman, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, Office Secretary, Word Web Editor, NCR Bible Director, Manila Suffragans Bible Director and Consultors elected by the Executive Committee.

Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD
Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

Curriculum Vitae

His Excellency


Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

Bishop’s Residence, San Fabian 2433 Pangasinan

Tels. (075) 511-4660 PERSONAL

E-mail address: rpmayugba@yahoo.com

Mobile: +63 917 576 9312

Birth: December 4, 1955

Place of Birth: UST Hospital, Manila

Sacerdotal Ordination: April 25, 1981

Episcopal Ordination: December 27, 2005


Elementary – St. Louis University, Baguio City

High School – Mary Help of Christians Minor Seminary, Binmaley, Pangasinan

College – Immaculate Conception Major Seminary, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Theology – Immaculate Conception Major Seminary, Vigar, Ilocos Sur

Licentiate, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas, Rome, Italy


1981-1982 – Parochial Vicar, “St. Peter and St. Paul Parish”, Calasiao

1982-1985 – Rector, Pre-College Seminary, Bonuan, Dagupan City

1985-1988 – Licentiate studies in Rome

1988-1990 – Dean of Studies, Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

1990-1993 – Rector, Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan

1993-1995 – Study leave, UST Manila

1995-1996 – SFY Director, Immaculate Conception School of Theology

1996-1999 – Rector, Immaculate Conception School of Theology

1999-2000 – Sabbatical leave

2000-2001 – SFY, Spiritual Director, Immaculate Conception School of Theology

2001-2003 – Parish Priest, “Our Lady of Purification”, Binmaley

2003          – Rector, Mary Help of Christians College Seminary, Bonuan

2005       –  Chairman of the Board of John Paul I Biblical Center (incumbent)

                – Chairman of the Northern Luzon Commission for the Biblical Apostolate – (incumbent)

2008       Vice Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate  of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (incumbent)

2012 –   Representative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to the CBF

2012 –  Representative of CBF-Asia-Oceania to the Executive Committee of the Catholic Biblical Federation

Happy Diamond Birthday Sister Emma

The CBF-SEA Members,

Collaborators and Friends

Greet Our Dearest Sr. Emma

a Blissful Diamond Birthday!


Happy birthday dear Sister Emma

Happy Birthday, Most Beloved Mama Mary!



Happy Birthday, most beloved Mama Mary!

And happy “Birthday” also to all my SVD friends!

May you keep growing in number and in sanctity

for the glory of God.

Sr. Emma G.

 The Catholic Biblical Federation of Southeast Asia greets our Beloved Mama Mary a Happy Birthday!