San Pablo, Laguna | Around 3,000 people of different ages attended the recently held New Evangelization Conference 2023 at the San Pablo Multipurpose Convention Center on May 13 (Saturday). The conference was made possible through the collaboration of Live Christ Share Mission, DALAW PATRON SA KAPITBAHAYANG KATOLIKO, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo. With the theme “Make Jesus Known”, the event aimed to emphasize the importance of embracing catechism and the mission of evangelization among all Catholics. The title was inspired by the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20, ‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.’
Rosary Leaders, Reveche Family
At 9:00 in the morning, the program proper started with the praying of the Holy Rosary led by the Reveche family to honor the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It was followed by an animation of the worship song ‘Send Me Out’ and an opening worship by Mr. Terrence Untalan, a missionary from LCSC Live the Faith. Shortly afterward, Fr. Felizardo ‘Boyet’ Siddayao, JCD of DPKK gave the opening remarks. The hosts of the event were Ms. Rose Molina and Mr. Jocas Javier from Live Christ Share Christ. They led the opening ceremonies, teaching a chant and inviting the participants to dance along with them.
Bro. Terrence P. Untalan – LCSC Missionary
The morning segment of the event was divided into two simultaneous activities. One of these activities was a special session for the clergy, religious, and parish leaders. The speaker was Fr. Jason Laguerta, the priest currently heading the Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization. During his talk, he exhorted the leaders to take the mission of New Evangelization to heart, as we are losing young Catholics to other denominations. He urged the faithful to prevent this from happening further by being dynamic and committed to the work of Evangelization.
Rev. Fr. Jason Laguerta – head, Office for the Promotion of New Evangelization Arcdiocese of Manila
Meanwhile, the larger crowd in the plenary hall listened to two brief sessions that would help them in their Catholic faith. The first session was given by Mr. Bernz Caasi, the content lead of Hallow Philippines and the podcast host of Unboxing Catholicism. He shared about the relevance of sharing Christ through creativity by exploring new ways to evangelize. It was refreshing to listen to a young person like Bro. Bernz sharing his journey to the Catholic faith.
Rev. Fr. Abe Arganiosa, CSR – National Spiritual Director of Catholic Faith Defender
The second speaker in the morning was Fr. Abe Arganiosa of Catholic Faith Defenders. His presentation focused on defending the faith, encouraging the audience to strengthen their convictions through Catholic apologetics. In the middle of these two sessions, there was an icebreaker activity led by the emcees called ‘Name it to Win It,’ and a special intermission number by Fr. Deng Merfori. He performed three of his original songs while engaging the crowd. At the end of the morning session, a recognition segment took place, wherein outstanding servant leaders from Dalaw Patron sa Kapitbahayang Katoliko and its partners were awarded certificates of appreciation. Over seventy people were awarded from the different districts of DPKK and its partners. While all these things are taking place, the participants have the chance to also go around and experience the interactive installations inside the venue.
Rev. Fr. Deng Marfori – Pontifical Mission Societies Diocesan Director
After the lunch break, Bro. Ren Oray from LCSC Live the Word led the afternoon prayer, followed by a substantial session given by Msgr. Manny Gabriel, the executive secretary of CBCP-BEC. The focus of his session was BEC and Evangelization in the Spirit of Synodality. His presentation served as a powerful reminder of the relevance of communion, participation, and mission as people journey together towards holiness. Afterward, Sr. Celsa Romaraog, MSHFJ shared her experience as part of BEC in the Diocese. Bro. Jo-I Villas, the National Coordinator of LCSC Live the Faith, came on stage to share the fruits of the collaborations between DPKK and LCSC.
The second highlight of the afternoon segment was the session by Bro. Dylan Reyes, the moderator of the Live Christ Share Christ Mission. He talked about the importance of getting to know Jesus on a deeper level so we can make Him known to the rest of the world. In renewing our relationship with Jesus, we must shift our global perspective by starting with local evangelization – our families, friends, schools, workplace, and parishes. Two individuals, Sister Alma Alzona of DPKK and Bro. Nico Magbiray, then shared how they searched for Jesus, encountered Him in their lives, and now feel empowered to evangelize to others. The second plenary session was followed by a closing worship led by Bro. Fyron Umali, the national coordinator of LCSC Live the Faith.
Bro. Nico Magbiray and Sis. Alma Alzona
Bro. Dylan Reyes – Live Christ Share Christ Moderator
Bro. Fyron Umali – MFC Missionary
To culminate the whole celebration, a Holy Mass took place, with Rev. Fr. Ricardo D. De Luna, VG, JCD, as the main celebrant and the co-celebrants were Rev. Fr. Emil B. Laraño, PhL, MAEd, Rev. Fr. Willboy D. Bracamonte, O.S.A., and Rev. Fr. Felizardo L. Siddayo, JCD.
The New Evangelization Conference is proudly presented by Poten-cee Zn, Poten-cee Zn Advance, Poten-cee Plus Syrup, Greenwich, Coca Cola: Refresh the World. Make a Difference, and Hallow App: The world’s #1 Catholic Prayer and Meditation App. In partnership with Industrial Controls Corporation (ICC) and He Said She Said : ‘Real Talk. Real Advice.’ NEC is also brought to you by Ash Tech. It extends its gratitude to its donors: Godesq Digital Marketing Services, Vico’s Artism Gallery, Tekwork, Ira’s Closet, The Lost Now Found, The Feast, and FG Hostel.
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