The State of the Local Church of Surigao

The State of the Local Church of Surigao

REPORT OF THE DIOCESAN BISHOP
To the Synod of Clergy of the Diocese of Surigao
Held on June 6-9, 2011 at Alegria Parish Church

Words of Welcome
1. May I welcome everybody to this meeting, which is the second after we had our successful Diocesan Convention in February 2011. We hope that, as in the past, this meeting will achieve the purposes to which it is called upon, among which is the discussion to put in finality the preparation for the start of the operation of the new Diocese of Dinagat come July 1, 2011.

Rationale of Meeting
2. Like in the past, this meeting is convened as medium and opportunity for the ordained leaders in this Diocese to sit as one collegial body headed by the bishop in order to account their individual and collective ministry as pastoral administrators, executive officers and spiritual leaders of the parishes and missions placed under their charge as basic units of the local church. This meeting embodies the synodical governance of the local church and expresses the communal dimension of the leadership of the diocesan bishop who is the vanguard of mission and overseer of the whole life, faith and work of the local church. This mechanism ensures the operation of the local church, as led by the bishop and surrounded by the clergy, to become more consistent and faithful in the proclamation of the Gospel, in the administration of the Sacraments and in the pursuit of mission.

The Context of our Meeting
3. Our meeting today is taking place in a time where the new leadership of the national church begins after the historic GA took place in May 8-11, 2011 where, among others, it elected the 12th Obispo Maximo of this Church, Most Revd Ephraim Fajutagana. His incumbency begins on June 1, Wednesday, and takes his oath on June 11, Saturday. This meeting is taking place therefore in a time where new leadership is just beginning and its missiological shape and direction is yet to visibly materialize. It needs our prayers even as we hope that the new leadership will be able to confront and address myriads of issues and developments within the IFI, including events and realities taking place in our society today under the Aquino administration which proved to be slowly exposing itself to be no different at all from its predecessor. We hope that our gathering today will be able to come up with our collective position, statement and resolutions vis a vis the present thrusts and priorities of the political, social, economic and foreign policies pursued by this present dispensation, since all these would impact a lot to our life and work us as a local church and to our national life as a people. All these pose major challenges to our work of mission and ministry.

The Period Just Passed
4. With all these things in mind, we now sit as a collegial body of leaders starting today with the firmed resolve to continue to pursue the enhancement of our corporate work and to ensure its consonance to our thrusts and priorities for this ecclesiastical year. It is therefore in order to begin this task by calling to mind and to take stock of what we have undertaken and accomplish so far within the past period, giving inventory and accounting of our collegial and corporate work for the months of April and May, this year, 2011, the applicable period.

A. The 2011 Annual Parish/Mission Conventions
5. Among the mandates of the 2011 Diocesan Conventions was the conduct of the annual conventions of the parishes and missions of this Diocese according to their individual schedules. In Motorpool Meeting, we mentioned that only four parishes were left to go for the conduct of the yearly conventions. For this applicable period, we wish to report that Timamana Parish [Apr 9], Placer Parish [Apr 10], Dapa Parish [Apr 16] and Socorro Parish [Apr 17] were able to hold their respective conventions as scheduled. For the records, the table below indicates the full and complete listing of the 2011 Annual Parish/Mission Conventions.

DATE

PARISH
PRESIDING
REMARKS/FEATURES

Feb 25, 2011 1. Alegria [I] Revd Gil Dinapo With the attendance of 44 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected a new set of parish council
Feb 25, 2011 2. Zaragoza Revd Paul Esparrago With the attendance of 52 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Feb 25, 2011 3. Buenavista Revd Carlo Morales With the attendance of 52 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Feb 25, 2011 4. Cab-ilan Mr. Welfer Erno With the attendance of 58 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Feb 26, 2011 5. Panatao Revd Gil Dinapo With the attendance of 58 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Feb 26, 2011 6. Melgar Revd Paul Esparrago With the attendance of 49 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Feb 26, 2011 7. Sukailang Revd Carlo Morales With the attendance of 55 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected new set of parish council members
Feb 26, 2011 8. Libuac Mr. Welfer Erno With the attendance of 48 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected new set of parish council members
Feb 27. 2011 9. Alegria The Ordinary With the attendance of 78 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 04, 2011 10. Lakandula Revd Gil Dinapo With the attendance of 84 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 04, 2011 11. Sison Revd Carlo Morales With the attendance of 52 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 04, 2011 12. Nonoc Msgr. Oscar Parel With the attendance of 33 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 05, 2011 13. Roxas Msgr. Pacifico Bagaygay With the attendance of 25 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected surrogate officers for the council
Mar 05, 2011 14. Bacuag Revd Gil Dinapo With the attendance of 45 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 05, 2011 15. Cagdianao Revd Paul Esparrago With the attendance of 61 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 05, 2011 16. Masgad Msgr. Oscar Parel With the attendance of 108 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 05, 2011 17. Sta. Cruz Mrs. Marujah Doverte With the attendance of 71 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected new set of parish council members
Mar 06, 2011 18. Malimono Msgr. Oscar Parel With the attendance of 141 delegates from the central and satellite churches
May 18, 2011 19. Burgos Revd Donard Paculi With the attendance of 48 delegates from the central and satellite church
May 18, 2011 20. Rizal Msgr. Pacifico Bagaygay With the attendance of 62 delegates from the central and satellite church and elected surrogate officers for the council
Mar 19, 2011 21. Dinagat Revd Gil Dinapo With the attendance of 93 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 20, 2011 22. Cathedral The Ordinary and
Engr. Narciso Caliao, Jr. With the attendance of 76 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected new set of cathedral council members
Mar 25, 2011 23. NEstrella Revd Donard Paculi With the attendance of 65 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Mar 26, 2011 24. Consolacion Msgr. Pacifico Bagaygay With the attendance of 96 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Apr 02, 2011 25. Tubajon Msgr. Oscar Parel With the attendance of 28 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Apr 03, 2011 26. Loreto Msgr. Oscar Parel With the attendance of 82 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Apr 04, 2011 27. Liberty Msgr. Oscar Parel With the attendance of 42 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Apr 09, 2011 28. Timamana The Ordinary With the attendance of 62 delegates from the central and satellite churches and elected the new parish council and sectoral officers.
Apr 10, 2011 29. Placer The Ordinary With the attendance of 166 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Apr 16, 2011 30. Dapa The Ordinary With the attendance of 85 delegates from the central and satellite churches
Apr 17, 2011 31. Socorro The Ordinary With the attendance of 116 delegates from the central and satellite churches

We had gone around these conventions according to our timetable which for this year had to fit in with the late holding of our Diocesan Convention, the Holy Week and the conduct of the 2011 GA. These conventions again proved to be effective embodiment of the synodical character of governance of our church and greatly facilitated the consistent pursuit of the basic units of our local church on our corporate mission and ministry. But there is still however the need to improve our current style and attitude of holding these conventions since we notice that we all tended to become mechanical as regards to preparation and conduct of these events. Meanwhile we have yet to receive the copies of the official minutes of these conventions for our reference and file and expect that these documents will be submitted before the month of June ends.
B. The Council and Clericus Meetings
6. The two prominent organs of this Diocese, the Council and the Clericus, were consistent in the exercise of their respective ministry for this applicable period. The Diocesan Council, for example, had convened twice to pursue its work. It had met on April 6, 2011 at the Cathedral Church for its regular business, receiving the reports of the ordained and sectoral officers of this Diocese. Its official actions are hereby circulated for the reference of all. Its second meeting took place jointly with this body on May 18, 2011 at Bacuag Parish in order to deliberate on the actions recommended by this same body during its Special Meeting held at Loreto Parish on May 12, 2011 relative to the start of the operation of the new Diocese of Dinagat. The Minutes of the Special Meeting as earlier discussed faithfully described the official actions we had undertaken. The workings of these two prominent organs demonstrated the vitality of their ministries and the regularity of our actions based on synodical decisions and collegial consensus.

C. The Work of our Sectoral Organizations
7. We had reported in the previous meeting the accomplishment of our sectoral organizations in terms of pursuing their major activities lined up for this year, such as their respective Diocesan Board Meetings for the DWO, DYO, DLO and CSO and for the 14th Diocesan Women’s Congress on March 10-13, 2011 at Panatao Parish in particular for the DWO. For this applicable period, the DLO had conducted its 13th Diocesan Laymen’s Congress on April 27-30, 2011 at Malimono Parish and the DYO had its 14th Diocesan Youth Congress on May 26-29, 2011 at Dapa Parish. Both activities were highly successful, well attended and graciously hosted. We were able to pursue the Organizational Assembly of the Diocesan CCO on May 12-14, 2011 at Loreto Parish and succeeded to design its own VMG and Programs and to elect its first set of officers. On the part of the CSO and DPO, the 3rd Clergy Family Camp was vigorously pursued by the two organizations on May 30-31, 2011 at Mt. Carmel Resort, Mat-i, Surigao City in order to beat the formal opening of classes and to serve as venue not only for fellowship of the clergy families but for organizational concerns such as the turn-over of CSO leadership after Mr. Tommy Loquias decided to enter the Postulancy Program and the preparation for the hosting of the 3rd Mindanao CSO Assembly. While all these sectoral works occupied mostly our diocesan efforts and attention, they nevertheless inputted so much on our lay and made great impact on their continuing growth in faith and awareness on their vocation, enhancing their understanding on their ministry exercised by virtue of their baptism.

D. The Standing Committees of this Diocese
8. The 2011 Diocesan Convention had acted several mandates for the pursuance of the various standing committees. Due to the density of the activities within April and May 2011, many of these standing committees failed to meet in order to update their plans and pursue their scheduled activities. But to some which were able to pursue their plans and activities, the value and importance of the work of the standing committees could not be understated. Through these individual committees, the other organs of the local church work and the whole local church exercises its task for policy making, legislation formulation, program designing/planning and activity implementation in furtherance of mission. The reports and updating later on of these individual standing committees will highlight this fact.

E. The Deaneries of this Diocese
9. Central to the mechanism of program implementation in this Diocese is the operation of the deaneries. By and through the operation of the deaneries the diocesan program and mandated activities are put to execution, according to their individual timetable and framework. The 2011 Diocesan Convention approved the schedules of the deanery activities for the ecclesiastical year 2011 and this served as the yardstick for the deanery implementation. For this period, the deaneries pursued this corporate plan and exerted efforts to materialize this plan into action. The reports of the deans of the five deaneries later on will give us the picture of the whole program implementation in the whole local church. But at this early, we have to sound the alarm that there is the need for the deaneries to double their efforts and time in pursuing the mandated activities so as to realize the corporate plan for the year 2011.

F. Other Major Diocesan Activities
10. We were also able to undertake other major activities within the applicable period, all related with the mandates for our corporate program. Among these activities were the following:

a]. The RI Moving Up/Closing Program to mark the end of the school year 2010-2011 where our parishes and missions implemented the RI Classes. This covered several churches and involved few diocesan personalities to grace the event as coordination with the diocesan office. Certificates of attendance and appreciation were distributed to both RI students and RI teachers in recognition of their utmost participation in the program. The reports of the individual ministers will identify these parishes and missions and describe the general extent of the RI Program implementation.

b]. The VCS Program was earnestly implemented within the month of May this year, after the highly successful conduct of the Diocesan VCS Teachers Training/Seminar scheduled on April 14-16, 2011 at Placer Parish Church through the teamwork of Mrs. Princess Echin, Ms. Flordeliz Flores, Mr. Septeriano Senoc, Ms. Trinidad Labarite and Mr. Edito Ebol Jr. This team was earlier sent to the NCCP-sponsored VCS Training Seminar held on February 15-18, 2011 in Davao City. Again diocesan personalities were mobilized to attend in the culmination programs of many parishes in order to grace the occasion, confirm the event and distribute the VCS certificates.
c]. The Diocesan Consultation on Dinagat Elevation held on Mar 28-30, 2011 at Dinagat Parish Church attended by eighty-nine [89] delegates representing the clergy and lay representatives of LOD and DID churches in compliance of the Convention Mandate to expound the vision to give birth to a new diocese carved out from our present diocesan jurisdiction. This activity would now preface to the historic approval of the formation of the new Diocese of Dinagat by the SCB on May 7, 2011 and subsequently confirmed by the GA on May 10, 2011.

d]. The hosting of the Visit of Kapit-Kamay Group from Tipas, Tagig City to our Diocese on March 24-28, 2011 wherein we received twelve [12] women personalities in order to see and witness our corporate life and work as a local church. Many of these women were part in our campaign to ease our burden in addressing the medical/financial needs of Revd J. Estoconing and in putting in place our accommodation and hosting in the 2007 NCC trip at Manila. In a way, this is a reciprocation of their generosity and graciousness.

e]. The HW Liturgical Rite Orientation and Retreat conducted on April 11-13, 2011 at the Cathedral Church and participated by clergy and lay workers of the parishes and missions in this Diocese proved to be more beneficial to many, as the individual major liturgical services were reviewed and dissected to apprise their theological content and value as regards to the drama of salvation demonstrated in the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, and serve as springboard in the recollection of the participants to discern deeply the meaning of the Holy Week celebration in both personal and corporate life.

f]. The Hymn Writing and Choral Conducting Workshop/Seminar undertaken on May 17-21, 2011 at Bacuag Parish provided the participants the opportunity to learn the basic skills in hymn writing and choral conducting. This activity was envisioned as enabling mechanism of the yearly Diocesan Choral Festival. Added value to the activity was the introductory exercise of liturgical dance movement aimed at further upgrading our conduct of liturgical services and enriching our worshipping life as a faith-community. The activity produced compositions/arrangement as outputs that lengthen our present repertoire of church songs/hymns. Revd Francis Lucero and Revd Danny Ito served as principal resource persons to this great learning experience.

G. The Regional Mindanao-wide Activities.
11. Our participation to the regional Mindanao-wide activities within this period was full and complete, as our demonstration of support and solidarity with the other dioceses and with MINBISCON. For example, our DWO had participated in the 7th Mindanao Women’s Congress scheduled on March 24-27, 2011 at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Child, Diocese of Pagadian, with strong delegation of seventeen [17] women leaders led by the DWO President, Mrs. Marujah Doverte and the DWO Chaplain, Revd Helaria Betacura-Loquias. Our DYO had participated in the 5th Mindanao Youth’s Congress scheduled on March 31-April 3, 2011 at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, Diocese of Libertad, with strong delegation of twelve [12] youth leaders led by the DYO President, Mr. Teody Aboyot and the DYO Chaplain, Revd Richel Navarro. Our DLO had also participated in the 9th Mindanao Laymen’s Congress held on April 7-10, 2011 at the Parish Church of the Good Shepherd, Mambajao, Camiguin, Diocese of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Camiguin, with strong delegation of twelve [12] laymen led by the DLO President, Mr. Welfer Erno and the specially-appointed chaplain, Revd Richel Navarro.

12. Aside from these major activities by the mandated sectoral organizations, we also participated in the pioneering Mindanao Clergy’s Children Organizing Assembly held on May 23-25, 2011 at the Cathedral Church, Davao City, Diocese of Davao, where we did send a strong contingent of eight [8] CCO’s led by the newly elected officers headed by Mrs. Florufina Pelismino, CCO President and the CCO Chaplain, Msgr. Pacifico Bagaygay. This particular assembly was able to design its own VMG and elect the first set of Mindanao CCO officers. Our most recent participation was the 3rd Mindanao CSO Assembly which we did not only host at Placer Parish but also mobilized a strong delegation of twenty [20] clergy spouses, led by their newly-assumed CSO President, Mrs. Lenita Elimanco, backed up by the CSO Chaplain, Revd Donard Paculi. The assembly, among others, adopted the Pastoral Program for the OFW’s and elected the new set of MCSO Officers.

H. The National Activities [GA and Conventions]
13. As being a responsible local church and expressing our connection with the whole church, we harnessed our resources to fully support the national activities related with the holding of the General Assembly. Firstly, we submitted on time our financial contribution of P37,000 to the General Assembly serving as registration for our delegates and payment for an advertisement. Secondly, we sent delegations to the National Conventions of the pertinent sectors of our church: three [3] youth to the National Youth Convention on April 29-May 3, 2011 at Dumaguete City; six [6] women to the National WOPIC Convention on May 5-7, 2011 at Kimberly Hotel, Manila; four [4] laymen to the National Laymen’s Convention on May 5-7, 2011 at San Antonio, Cavite; and eleven [11] clergy to the National NPO Convention on May 4-6, 2011 at ACTS, Urdaneta City. Thirdly, we paid the registration fees of these delegations and worked out an arrangement to bankroll the plane tickets of all those flying to Manila and back [banking on the promise that these would be settled immediately. And fourthly, we sent a complete delegation to the General Assembly to take part in the synodical processes of the whole church. We need to mention here that all these participations were due to the pertinent action of the 2011 Diocesan Convention involving all parishes and missions socially subsidized these events.

I. The Episcopal Visits and Services
14. For this applicable period, the episcopal visits and services were limited to the following Eucharistic Presidency and Episcopal Services, to wit:

TIME CHURCH PARTICULAR
Mar 27, 2011 Malimono Parish Church Presided over the Sunday Eucharist and blessed the baptismal font
Apr 03, 2011 Cathedral Church Presided over the Sunday Eucharist
Apr 10, 2011 Placer Parish Church Presided over the Sunday Eucharist and the Annual Parish Convention
Apr 17, 2011 Socorro Parish Church Presided over the Palm Sunday and the Annual Parish Convention
Apr 24, 2011 Cathedral Church Presided over the Easter Sunday culminating the Holy Week Celebration
Apr 24, 2011 Timamana Parish Church Presided over the Annual Fiesta Celebration of Timamana Parish Church
May 01, 2011 Loreto Parish Church Presided over the Annual Fiesta Celebration of Loreto Parish Church
May 03, 2011 Mabini Satellite Church Presided over the Annual Fiesta Celebration of Mabini Satellite Church
May 15, 2011 Cathedral Church Presided over the Sunday Eucharist
May 18, 2011 Libuac Satellite Church Presided over the Annual Fiesta Celebration of Libuac Satellite Church
May 22, 2011 Bacuag Parish Church Presided over the Sunday Eucharist at Bacuag Parish Church and led the Dedication Rite of Looc Satellite Church
Jun 02, 2011 Lower Libas Church Presided over the Annual Fiesta Celebration of Lower Libas Church
Jun 05, 2011 Placer Parish Church Presided over the Sunday Eucharist culminating the MCSO Assembly

To augment the clergy power in this Diocese, the Ordinary led the whole Holy Week Celebration in the Cathedral Church. Serving as the highlight of this applicable period was the Ordination Rite of Priesthood for Revd Ariol A. Liquido and Revd Giovanni B. Libay held on May 29, 2011.

J. The Operation of Dinagat Diocese
15. We mentioned earlier the historic approval of the formation of the new Diocese of Dinagat and the resolution to start its operation on July 1, 2011. At our Special Meeting at Loreto Parish on May 12, 2011, we looked into several areas to set the stage of the operation of the new Diocese, and these included among others the creation of the ad hoc bodies [diocesan council, sectoral organizations, budget and program committees, diocesan search committee and the standing diocesan committees], the determination of the date of the Special Diocesan Convention [Aug 8, 2011], and the determination of clergy to be deployed in the new diocese. The Joint Meeting at Bacuag Parish on May 18, 2011 made these actions official and we all knew about their details.

16. For this meeting however may we mention of the following developments relative to the operation of this new diocese

a]. On the formation of the ad hoc Diocesan Council: the following were elected during the May 18, 2011 Meeting at Bacuag Parish: Vice Chairperson-Mr. Welfer Erno, Secretary-Mr. Edito Ebol, Jr., Treasurer-Mrs. Rosal Beberino, Auditor-Revd Gil Dinapo and Mr. Dario Fracks Apole, with Mrs. Eulalia Gotiay, Mr. Reynard Lospe, Revd Roberto Moreno, Revd Elgen Escobal, Revd Gil Dinapo and Revd Romar Fermillan as members.

b]. On the formation of sectoral leadership: On the part of the DYO the following were elected in ad hoc capacity during the Dapa Youth Congress: President-Mr. Dario Fracks Apole, Vice President-Mr. Welfer Erno Jr, Secretary-Ms. Marichu Ensomo, Treasurer-Mr. Ritche Ecleo, Auditor-Ms. Nova Moncillo and CRO-Mr. Peter John Ebol; On the part of the DLO, it failed to organize itself at Placer DLO Board Meeting on June 4, 2011 prompting us to appoint Mr. Welfer Erno in ad hoc capacity as DLO President for him to convene and elect the rest of the DLO officers this coming June 25, 2011 Meeting at the Cathedral. On the part of the DWO, the following were elected to ad hoc capacity during the June 4, 2011 DWO Board Meeting at Magupange Satellite Church: President-Mrs. Rosal Beberino, Vice President-Ms. Juana Sayon, Secretary-Mrs. Eulalia Gotiay, Treasurer-Mrs. Tita Edera, Auditor-Mrs.Sarah Tagarro and CRO-Mrs. Delia Edillor.

c]. On the clergy to be deployed to the new diocese: At Loreto Meeting on May 12, 2011 we determined the clergy who will be deployed out from those who have direct connection with Dinagat either by birth, family or marriage. The following volunteered: Revd Jose Conales, Revd Donard Paculi, Revd Romar Fermillan, Revd Roberto Moreno and Revd Marven Cortes. We ranked by election the remaining clergy [Revd Gil Dinapo, Revd Elgen Escobal, Revd Allan Bune, Revd Johnone Escobal and Revd Richel Navarro] to fill up the remaining slot. We considered and accepted later on the withdrawal of Revd Marven Cortes citing reasons of life and security. Recently, we received an official request of another clergy to withdraw his name citing health reason and the medical situation of his spouse.

K. The Operation of Surigao Diocese
17. With the formation of the new diocese, we need therefore to make adjustment for the changes it brought about, to include the following:

a]. The limited clergy movement in order to absorb those clergy who are moving from Dinagat and to fill in the vacancies caused by the deployment to Dinagat.

b]. The election of surrogate officers to fill up the vacancies left by those lay officers coming from Dinagat.

18. Coinciding with the operation of the new Dinagat Diocese is the start of the operation of Surigao Diocese under new constituencies and configuration with the fresh mandate of the incumbent episcopal leadership. The last mandate was given on August 2004 and, following the canonical provision, the SCB during its May 2011 Meeting had endorsed the incumbent for the fresh mandate through a Special Diocesan Convention. This body is therefore asked to propose recommendations relative to this matter, adjoining with the start of the operation of the new Dinagat Diocese.

L. The Forthcoming Activities
19. The kit of the 2011 Diocesan Convention detailed to us the activities being lined-up for the diocesan and deanery level. Without debate, these plans shall proceed as determine by the higher organ of this Diocese. We only have to refer to our individual copies of this schedule to be able to pursue these activities either at the diocesan and deanery level. Recent developments however dictate some basic need in order to respond to the situation. And this principally include the following:

a]. The need to conduct the Commissioning Seminar for Diocesan Evangelists in order to augment the clergy power responding to the growing and expanding dioceses of Surigao and Dinagat. This activity also intends to keep abreast of the status of those who were trained and commissioned a year ago, so that these workers and those new recruits will be able to re-enforce the present supply of workers – lay and ordained – in continuing the momentum of growth, expansion and development in both dioceses. There was the suggestion to have this activity on June 15-18, 2011 at Socorro Parish Church.

b] The month of July was earlier appropriated for the training and commissioning of lay readers. We have made it a practice to undertake this activity at deanery level. But considering the operation of the two distinct and separate dioceses, under however of one episcopal leader, there is the need for us to make adjustment so as to accommodate these activities to commonly benefit the two dioceses in joint settings.

M. Recommendations and Proposals.
20. We end this report by submitting to this body the following recommendations for our appropriate actions, to wit:

a] That this body recommend the appointment of Mr. Welfer Erno as the ad hoc DLO President of Dinagat, the appointment of Mr. Val Tambis as surrogate DLO President of Surigao Diocese by virtue of succession and the confirmation of those elected in other sectoral organizations to fill up the vacancies.

b] That this body discuss the possible schedule of the holding of the Special Convention of the Diocese of Surigao to comply with canonical provisions and to adjoin with the development of the operation of the new Diocese of Dinagat.

c] That this body schedule the Commissioning Seminar for Diocesan Evangelists on June 15-18, 2011 at Socorro Parish.

d] That this body review the schedule of the LR Commssioning and Renewal Seminars to accommodate the need of the two dioceses.

N. Our prayer and hope
21. As we thank everybody for coming together and for bearing with this representation on this report, that the almighty God in Jesus continue to empower us in this ministry and enable us to learn his purpose in mission. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be ever upon us all, today and for ever more. Amen.

One thought on “The State of the Local Church of Surigao

  1. That is truly a remarkable report! Should IFI Local Churches do likewise, well, MABUHAY IFI! Bishop Timbang is surely a kind of church leader to be acknowledged… How I wish those in leadership will do the same instead of finding negative out of the many positives!

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