The South-East Asia Bible Link reserves this page for our communications, exchange of experiences and animation as we journey together across our subregion. We glorify the Word in our success as we pray for those who are seeking our spiritual and moral support.
From: Cecilia Chui
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 10:36 PM
Subject: Chinese Biblical Meeting (Nov 1-5) – Resolutions & Reports
Peace and greetings on Feast of St. Cecilia.
With prayer support of many “friends in the Word”, including you, around the world, our Eighth United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association (UCCBA) Meeting held from November 1 to 5 in Macau, under the theme “Experiences of Community Building with the Word of God”, was a really memorable event filled with God’s graces. I am pleased to share with you the Resolutions of our Word-event as attached. The CBF VII Plenary Assembly and the Bishops’ Synod on the Word of God in 2008 were highlighted as the no. 1 resolution.
The above logo of our meeting conveys the following meaning: “The coming together of multi-coloured round shapes symbolises the different church groups and communities who are playing the key role as ‘salt of the earth and light to the world’. The sketchy white strokes are expression of our Father’s invisible love and power which penetrate and nourish the functions of each community and organisation, uniting them together to form the body of Christ.” Two reports on our Chinese biblical meeting by UCA News are attached for your information. To give you a taste of our event, I share with you four photos which indicate:
1) Showing of Bishop Paglia’s video message on November 2.
2) The welcome dinner treated by Bishop Jose Lai of Macau on November 1 – (from left to right): UCCBA President Fr. Joseph Fung, resource person Sr. Victoria Lau, former General Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) Fr. Ludger Feldkaemper SVD, UCCBA Liaison Secretary and CBF North East Asia Subregional Coordinator Cecilia Chui, Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Bishop Jose Lai of Macau.
3) Sharing by former General Secretary of CBF, Fr. Ludger Feldkaemper SVD
4) More than 110 people gathered around Bible in Macau for the 8th UCCBA meeting.
Emma, I remembered to pray for your eye operation. I trust your eye sight is OK?
As there is still uncertainty regarding upcoming work schedule, I will only be able to advise you of my attendance at your 5th CBF-SEA Workshop and 17th National Biblical Workshop of the Philippines at a much later stage.
Thanks for your invitation and I will surely pray for the success of the events.
Northeast Asia Subregional Coordinator Catholic Biblical FederationLiaison Secretary
United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association
From: Tadsanee Mathurossuwan
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2007 3:32 PM
We have read your mail and we will go to the National Biblical workshop at Cagayan de Oro City on Feb. 11-15 and CBF-SEA meeting on Feb. 16-17,2008. We are Fr. Francis Vira, Miss Tadsanee Mathurotsuwan and Mrs.Supannee Boonyarat, thank you for your invitation.
We would like to report our good things that we have done at our center in the year of the Word of God. (Oct-Nov 2007) We organized the Joy of Discovery in Bible study at our Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Center, Sampran from Oct, 8-13. There were 50 participants from Bkk 43, Ratchaburi 4. Tharae 3. Most of them were very glad to join this course.
We conducted a course for 49 lectors on October 12-14, 2007 at Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Center, Sampran. They will come again on November 23-25, 2007 with the other lectors and they will have the rite of mandate by our Cardinal Michael Michai on the occasion of Christ the King.
We organize the Bible study on the Psalms for 5 Saturday mornings from Oct, 27 till December 1, 2007. There are 65 participants. We are very glad that there are such a lot of people who love the word of God in Bangkok. We have just come back from the capital Vientiane from October 29 – November 1, 2007 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral.
We met Bishop John Kamsae and the thirty catechists. We are well, we hope you are very well also.
Love in Christ, God bless you!
Fr. Vira and Miss Tadsanee
3 Nov 2007
Date: October 18, 2007 at 10:05 p.m.
From: JPIBC, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines:
To all our friends, Thank you very much for your prayers for the success of the double big event hosted by the John Paul I Biblical Center for Northern Luzon. We are very grateful for journeying with us these days. The Regional Workshop indeed was very successful because of your moral and spiritual support. Kindly visit our website as we share to you the blessings… http://jp1bc.wordpress.com
In the Word,
The JPIBC and Northern Luzon Commission for the Biblical Apostolate _______________________________________________________________________________
From: Fr. A. Peter Abir
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:36 PM
Subject: Re: CBFSEA BA Link 2007-19 Dear Sr. Emma Gunanto,Greetings from Fr. A. Peter Abir, India.Thanks for the information about the Plenary Assembly.
Hereby I would like to inform you and INVITE you too to the next South Asian Workshop to be held at Goregon Seminary (St. Pius X) in Mumbai between 2nd to 5th of January, 2008. The topic is: Word of God Source of Justice and Peace in the context of South Asia.
Eminent people would be the resource persons. I shall soon send you the whole programme. You are most welcome. Mr. Alexander Schweitzer is attending the meeting. Ms. Cecilia Chui is also planning to attend.
With kind regards,
Fr. A. Peter Abir
From: Wim Wijtten
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 10:36 PM
Subject: Re: CBFSEA BA Link 2007-16
Thanks, Emma, for the earlier issue of the Link, nr 16; I had read it immediately, but I respond only now.
Yes, I also signed up for the Burma signature campaign.I admire the vision, initiative and stamina of Doms and Star in their service of many CBF members. I feel that they stir all of us to reflection and action.Together on the way!Wim
Dear Sr. Emma, Greetings from Stuttgart and thanks for your latest newsletter. The news
from Burma really are not very encouraging and our prayers and thoughts go
to all the people there, especially to our friends Tammy and Bishop Sotero.
Let us hope that the brutal violence and unjustice will come to an end soon
and that the people will get the chance to live in freedom and peace. I
immedeately went to the website you mentioned and signed for the petition,
giving at least a small sign of solidarity to Myanmar and its people.Congratulations for your growing and spreading website! Each time I visit
it I find interesting new information (and now even some funny
contributions;-) Keep on the good work!All the best and warm regards to all our friends in SEA,Claudio
Stuttgart, Germany_________________________________________________________________From: Ludger Feldkaemper
To: Emma Gunanto
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 8:49 AM
Subject: RE: CBF-SEA-NEW WEBSITEDear Sr. Emma,
After several weeks of having been cut off from the outside world, since
yesterday I have access again to the internet. I have been in the country
since August 15 and have given four eight-days seminars with six session
plus homily every day. Two of them were for communities of sisters and two
for mixed groups on a diocesan level.A wonderful experience! I wish we
could meet and chat more about it. Are you coming to the UCCBA Meeting in
Macau by any chance?
Somebody just came in to bring me to a community of sisters – to be with them for lunch to celebrate the mid-autumn festival. You may remember that we celebrated this in Rome two years ago: Sr. Maria Ko had brought some lanterns for that occasion.
Once again, the Lord’s abundant blessings upon you on the occasion of your
ten times seven years!
From: Sr. Beata Balaso, SIHM
To: Emma Gunanto
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 10:57 AM
Subject: RE: CBF-SEA-NEW WEBSITE
Dear Sr. Emma,
Greetings of peace in the Living Word. Thanks for your
deep concern for the Word of God. Thanks for the new
website for easy communications for us CBF-SEA,
uniting us more closely in His Divine Word.
I share all your communications to Sr. Antonia Anas,
our new SIHM – CBF contact person. Her e-mail is
Much is to be done on the Biblical Apostolate here in
our Diocese. We started the formation of the BA parish
core teams (3-5 members) who will hopefully be our
contact team per parish and we have 26 big parishes
divided into three Vicariates, headed by a Vicar
Forane. We are now preparing the second group of 8
Parishes, scheduled on October 6-7. Hopefully by the
end of the year we will have BA Parish Core teams in
every parish of the Diocese of Baguio. We need much
formations for the group.
For more informations, you will know from Fr. Doms. I
am with them in the meetings and other biblical
activities. I thank you dear sister for all the
inspiring messages that you do take time to forward.
I assure you of my daily prayer for good health and
more power and strength to do His work.
My best wishes to all our friends there in Indonesia.
Sincerely in the Living Word,
Baguio – Philippines
From: CBF General Secretariat
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 3:44 AM
Dear Sr. Emma,
I am just on my way back from the annual meeting of the subregion of Central and Eastern Europe where I presented the SEA subregion as a shining example for communication! I hope and I am sure the SEA website will further contribute to the exchange and animation within your subregion and I hope it will give an impulse to other subregions…
With my warm regards,
Dear Sr. Emma,
I was confused on who celebrated 70th Birthday only to discover that it’s YOU.
MY BELATED GREETINGS TO YOU ON YOUR PRECIOUS ANNIVERSAY OF YOUR BIRTH. 70 YEARS OF FRUITFUL AND BLISSFUL LIFE OF SERVICE. I REJOICE WITH YOU AND THANK GOD FOR YOU. MANY HAPPY RETURNS!
Sr. Emma, like everyone in the Biblical Ministry you are always on the go: minds, feet and hands are fully occupied but the Joy of doing this work keep as going. My schedule is tight these days preparing for our 2nd National Bible Facilitators’ Seminar and Core Team Formation Workshop which will be on October 1-13, 2007. On Saturday, I will go to Mandalay for the Bible Translation Awareness Course which will be on Sept. 24-28, 2007. The Facilitators are …. and Anglican couple whom I met at the 16th National Bible Workshop in Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines.
I have only one day after I return from Mandalay and the two week course begins. I have a big problem at the moment, there is a conflict of Venue for the two week course. I can’t change the dates now so God knows, I hope an alternative venue either for my course or the other can be found. Please pray for this problem for me.
My birthday will be on October 2, so pray for God’s blessings for me in the years to come specially for my Mission.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
From: Tadsanee Mathurossuwan
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2007 7:05 PM
Subject: RE: Happy Birthday
I got your mail already, my birthday is 11 July. How are you?
On October 8-12, 2007 we will have the Bible course about “The Joy of Discovery in the Bible study-JOD” at the Pastoral Training Center of “Baan Phuwaan”, so please pray for us. This time 40 persons will come to join with us.
God bless you always,
From: Phan Long
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: CBF-SEA BA Link 07-12
Thank you for the CBF-SEA BA Link. During these months, I’m overcharged; so, better stay quiet!
Pray for us and for our biblical pastoral ministry.
From now on, my new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you.
FX Phan Long, ofm
From: Wim Wijtten
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2007 8:25 PM
Subject: “Proficiat” met de website
Star and Doms prepared a beautiful birthday gift, a sign that they appreciate your service and an indication that they value the CBF SEA.
Thanks for you fine response ot me.
Together on the way!
RE: CBF-SEA-NEW WEBSITE
From: Eugene Vaz
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 10:28:31 AM
Dear friends in the cbfsea,
Thank you for sending me the information on the setting up of this website.
Congratulations to all who put in so much effort to give us this website.
I hope and pray that this will help us in SEA to grow in God’s Word and be better connected with each other.
Msgr. Eugene Vaz
Thanks for writing to us. How are you? What are you busy with? I’m still with the Lay Formation Center since 1985 until now. Meantime, my priest-partner & co-founder left the Center in 1991 and I continued it. You can look into the Members page or Philippines and look into the Cebu Lay Formation Center. Unfortunately, I am alone. I’m training a Sister in the office and introduce her to formation work for the students by and by.
I invite Ed Fugoso and Oscar Alunday to give their seminars and retreats at our Center too.
Will I see you in Tanzania? Do send us your activities too so we can add them to the Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei page. Keep in touch.
Star del Mar
From: Cecilia Chui
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:34 PM
Subject: Greetings from Hong Kong – Happy Moon Festival!
Peace and greetings!
Congratulations for the CBF-South East Asia website which is launched to coincide with your 70th birthday! I dream that one day we will have something similar for North East Asia .
These two days, our Chinese people will celebrate Moon Festival. I attach a postcard to convey greetings and best wishes to you and your friends of the Word.
As a special arrangement for our celebration of Ludger’s 70th birthday, I have invited him to join us for the Chinese Biblical Meeting in Macau (Nov 1 to 5), during which he will give two sessions on Lectio Divina. We have also planned other biblical activities for Ludger to give talks on biblical pastoral ministry.
Attached is a paper on our reactions to the Lineamenta of Bishops Synod 2008 from North East Asian perspectives, which I am pleased to share with you. If you have one for South East Asia , please also share it with me. Thanks.
Please continue to pray for our Chinese Biblical Meeting in November which will start on All Saints Day, so that it will bear good fruit to facilitate further “jetting and glory of God’s Word”! (2 Thes 3:1)
Love and prayers,
Re: thanks from Eugene(Japan)
From: Ziebura Eugeniusz
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 5:39 PM
ViewTo: “Doms Ramos, SVD”
Thank you very much for the many materials through your website cbf-sea. I have just admired the beatiful pictures I received from you. I am really happy to hear from you, and thanking for all you did (for us) during our ASPAC-BA coordinators meeting in Baguio, Philippines.
From: Msgr. Ted Mercado
To: Fr. Doms
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 4:49 AM
Subject: RE: CBF-SEA-NEW WEBSITE
Dear Apo Doms,
Thank you very much for emailing me the CBF SEA WEBSITE and other ones, funny and otherwise. Congratulations, too, because I know you… it’s your dream come true. You are great, Apo Doms!
How are things shaping up in Vigan? Any interesting news? Thank God, you are fine. I am debating within myself whether or not I shall replace my old laptop and buy one with Vista OS and a webcam. With it we can talk face to face for free! I am saving money for this project. What’s your advise, Apo Doms! Have you tried vista yet? I am still using XP, which is as old as calvo head!
Keep smiling, Apo Doms, and God bless!
From: Joseph P. Xavier
To: Fr. Ramos
Sent: Saturday, September 26, 2007 6:24 PM
Subject: Re: CBF-SEA Website
Dear Fr. Ramos,
Greetings and love from Divya Vani!
Congratulations for the new web of the cbfsea and for the Brazilian Great Statue of our Lord Jesus, in the setting of Brazilian beauty! God bless you!
Good news here! Daily Bible Classes of St. Luke continues. Four young men have come for ten days, sent by our SVD Bishop His Lordship Chacko Thottumarickal of Jhabua, to have the easy access to the Sacred Scriptures! Please pray for us!
On 16th September our illustrious confrere Archbishop His Grace Leo Cornelio,SVD was installed as our Archbishop. Your prayers are requested!
In the Mercy of the Divine Word,
Joseph P. Xavier