Sr. Theresine Valencia Dingal, SFIC
October 24, 1942 – January 5, 2016
We pray for the soul of Sr. Theresine Valencia Dingal, SFIC founder of the Constant Jurgens Biblical Center of the Franciscan Congregation, associate member of the Catholic Biblical Federation – Southeast Asia. Sister Theresine passed away last night at 7:56 (Manila Time), January 5, 2016 at the age of 73. At this writing, the wake is at La Verna 2 Chapel, St. Joseph College, Quezon City, Philippines. Funeral Mass is scheduled this coming January 9, 2016 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the said chapel and address.
May the Lord open the gates of heaven for Sr. Theresine and reward her of eternal happiness promised to those who are faithful to Him. May she rest in peace. Amen.
Grace-filled Christmas and New Year!
Dear CBFSEA Brothers and Sisters,
Wishing each one of you
a blessed and grace-filled
Christmas and New year.
As we contemplate baby Jesus,
God’s greatest gift to mankind,
let us remember also that this tiny Baby
is the future KING of the KINGDOM of GOD;
a mighty warrior who will triumph
over all the evil in the world,
the LAMB of God who takes away
all the sins of the world;
the GOOD SHEPHERD who seeks and saves the lost,
heals the sick and comforts crushed hearts.
Let us therefore REJOICE,
for God is good and merciful.
And may this Divine Babe set our hearts afire
to shower love and mercy to all we meet.
Merry Christmas to all of you
and your loved ones….
and a blissful New Year too!
Sr. Emma with Star and Fr. Doms
Happy New Year 2015!
Our sincere wishes and prayers
for you for this New Year 2015:
May God use your life as an instrument
and be like a brilliant fire to lighten up the world…
May your daily words and ordinary deeds
make others feel God’s presence…
May your acts of kindness
help others come closer to God
and allow them to thank Him for His love.
A happy, blissful and prosperous New Year 2015
to you and your loved ones!
Sr. Emma, Star del Mar and Fr. Doms
Myanmar: National Bible Workshop 2014
Dear Friends in the Word,
This is an information that we are going to have a National Bible Seminar/Workshop with the theme: “Biblical Pastoral Ministry in the Light of Verbum Domini”. The National Seminar-Workshop will be done in Chanthagone, Mandalay, Myanmar on July 7-12, 2014. Please keep us in your prayers for the success of our seminar. The attendance is estimated at around 90 from the different dioceses of the country. Our sister Ms. Estrella “Star” del Mar from the Philippines will visit us during the seminar.
In the Service of the Word,
Fr. Saw Bosco
Fr. Paul Puthanagady, SDB
The good Lord called our dear friend of the Word, Fr. Paul Puthanagady SDB (aged 79), to eternal rest on 14 November 2013. Fr. Paul was the second director of NBCLC (National Biblical Catechetical Liturgical Centre) of India, a founding member of the CBF. He served in the dual role of CBF EC member and subregional coordinator of South Asia from 1984 to 1990. He served as the head of the drafting committee of the final statement for the IV CBF Plenary Assembly 1990 on “The Bible in the New Evangelization” – a very well-articulated document, praised by many, that is still relevant for today as we are going to further reflect on “Renewed Biblical Apostolate for New Evangelization” in Pattaya in December.
Relating to “CBF 35 Years” he shared the following: “I wish and pray that CBF may continue to keep alive its mission of “hearing the Word” in the world constantly widening its horizon in genuine openness and dialogue with the men and women of our times. I believe that if the Word of God, while keeping its moorings and roots in the book of the Bible, could come out of the book and meet the people of today, confronting the bad news of the world in which they live, making it become the Good News to all men and women in every sphere of their lives, it will become a source of new life for all peoples.”
While we are working towards the “new birth of new CBF”, Paul’s expression of his hopes and expectations for the CBF in future will surely offer inspiration.
May he rest in eternal peace.
Source: Cecilia Chui
CBF-SEA In Solidarity with the
Suffering People in the Philippines
More than 11 million people have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan which struck on Friday 8th November with gusts of up to 250kmh. After hitting Leyte and Samar coastal provinces with 18ft high storm surges, Typhoon Haiyan struck six central Philippine islands and affected 40 cities, notably Tacloban, which is 95 percent destroyed. In Cebu, another badly-affected area, 80% of communities were flattened to the ground including schools, churches and sports halls. Most of the buildings have collapsed.
The mega storm is reported to have left more than 673,000 people displaced and caused up to 95% devastation in worst affected areas such as the city of Tacloban. At least 10,000 people are feared dead as a result of what is being described as one of the most powerful storms on record. The devastation was worse than reported – with many more provinces and small islands affected than recorded in the media.
Many people are crying for help but the magnitude of the calamity is so huge that the government finds it difficult to reach those affected. People are desperate. Many are looking for their relatives and so many have lost their lives. The greatest needs are food and clean water. To help Aid to the Church in Need’s work in the Philippines, contact 020 8642 8668 or visit www.acnuk.org/donate
We are deeply saddened and offer our prayers for the victims and whatever help we can give.