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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Preparatory Meeting For The Third Bishops' Institute For Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth

By DS / st

Front row 1st left : Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei and 3rd left, Bishop Baylon of Legazpi, Philippines
KOTA KINABALU : A preparatory meeting on the third Bishops' Institute For Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth was held from 11th to 14th November in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu. Two bishops, six priests, three religious sisters and nine full time pastoral workers from across Asia convened for the 4-day meeting.
From left, Holly Mok - Hong Kong, Ahran - Korea Fr. Joseph Park - Korea, Anna Teresa - Diocese of Sandakan, Sr. Dora, Sheerah - Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu and Winnie Su - Taiwan
The first Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate on Youth (BILA on Youth) was held in 1997 in Tagaytay City, Philippines, themed "Youth in the Social Economic Development of Asia: A Challenge to Integrate Faith in Youth Life and Work". Some of the fruits of the first gathering were the Asian Youth Gathering, Asian Youth Day and Asian Youth Ministers' Meeting which became the main event organized by the Youth Desk.

The second BILA on Youth was held on 2007 in Johor, Malaysia, themed "Youth Ministry in Asia: Reliving the Emmaus Story". From this gathering, regular meetings and formations have been organized by the Youth Desk together with the sub-regional representatives. This has enabled them to respond to common realities in a more systematic way.

The third BILA on Youth will be held on 1st to 5th August 2015 in Pace Bene, Papar with the theme "Catholic Youth : Transformed by Christ and His Church; Transforming Asia". The objectives are to empower participants in motivating and shepherding young people as agents of the Gospel in the face of the burning issues today and at the same time to establish networks and resources that will recognize and support pastoral workers in Youth Apostolate in Asian countries. One hundred and twenty participants from all over Asia are targeted to join the program.

Through this fruitful meeting and gathering, a friendship bond has been build among those who serve full time in the youth ministry throughout Asia.

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