CBCP officials to speak at Catholic educators’ assembly

CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma
Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education Executive Secretary Msgr. Gerardo Santos
Bishop Broderick Pabillo

Archbishop Romulo Valles

MANILA, March 7, 2012—CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education Executive Secretary Msgr. Gerardo Santos are among the Church leaders who will speak to administrators of Catholic schools, seminaries and catechetical centers at the Summer Festival of Catechesis next month.

CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles and CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy Fr. Genaro Diwa are also scheduled to preside over Mass and give talk on the three-day gathering slated on April 24 to 26 at Sienna College in Quezon City.

According to organizers, the fourth Pope Benedict XVI Summer Festival of Catechesis and Christian Formation is primarily meant for officials and teachers of member-schools of the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA) and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

But it was also opened to registrants from parishes, catechetical centers, congregations and seminaries. Pre-registration of MAPSA and CEAP members and payment of assembly fee, which is P800 per participant, is due last February 29 while the deadline for the others is set on March 30.

There will be conferences on "The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World," "The Holy Spirit the Sanctifier in the Sacraments" and "The Holy Spirit in the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith."

But the main highlight of the national religious education conference is the discussion of the integration of government’s “K+12” program to the religious education curriculum.

It was recalled that the Department of Education is set to implement the “K+12” program on the next school year. Under the “K+12” program, the country’s current 10-year basic education, covering six years of elementary and four years of high school, will be extended to 12 year program that include six years of elementary, four years of junior high school (Grade 7-10) and two years of senior high school (Grade 11 to 12). (YouthPinoy)