From April 17 to 24, 2022 the celebration of the 2nd National Mission Congress to culminate the celebrations for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.
On the theme of “Gifted to Give” the weeklong event is organized under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines with its Episcopal Commission on Mission.
The said event is in coordination with the Archdiocese of Cebu, the Basilica Minore de Sto. Niño de Cebu, Dominus Est and Couples for Christ.
On April 17, 2022, a Eucharistic celebration will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu to commence the event.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu shall preside over the mass with Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa and chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Mission as concelebrant.
The Congress shall close the ‘Year of Missio Ad Gentes’, which will be celebrated in two events: the International Missiology Symposium and the National Mission Forum.
Renowned missiologist Fr. Andrew Recepcion of the Pontifical Gregorian University and Fr. Tony Pernisa, SVD will lead the International Missiology Symposium which will run from April 18 to 19, 2022.
The Symposium will include talks by Fr. Danny Huang, SJ of the Pontifical Gregorian University; Fr. John Young, President of Father Saturnino Urios University; and Fr. Stephen Bevans, SVD from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
There will also be 13 concurrent sessions and talks by missionaries from all over the world.
From April 20 to 23 the National Mission Forum will have a round table discussion moderated by Msgr. Esteban Lo, Executive Secretary of CBCP Mission, and missiologists Fr. Andrew Recepcion and Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples shall be leading the speakers for the National Mission Conference.
Other speakers include Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and historian Dr. Danilo Gerona of the Partido State University Center of Trust.
The 4-day forum will have testimonies, round table discussions, artistic renditions and a concert from the 29AD Musicionaries.
On April 24, Divine Mercy Sunday, a closing mass will be held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral presided by Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Bishop of Kalookan and president of the CBCP and concelebrated by Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, among other prelates.
The 2nd National Mission Congress is streamed via the Facebook pages of CBCP Commission on Mission, TV Maria, Radio Veritas and Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications (AOC). (Mio Angelo Hermoso/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)