Bishop urges BECs to promote human dignity

Bishop urges BECs to promote human dignity

Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio. PHOTO FROM THE DIOCESE OF BAGUIO FACEBOOK PAGE

By CBCP News

June 17, 2019

Baguio City

A Catholic bishop has encouraged Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) to continue to be instruments of evangelization and promotion of human dignity.

In a pastoral letter for the BEC Sunday, Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio said that reaching out to the margins of society is the direction BECs should take.

“People in our parishes, gimongs, barrios and sitios— they need to belong, they need to be recognized, to be welcomed, to be respected, to be accorded with their dignity, to be forgiven and given a chance, to be helped,” Bendico said.

The bishop also committed the diocese’s journey in the coming years through its vision and mission for a “caring Church” and by strengthening its BECs.

For many years now, the diocese has made BEC the foundation of its pastoral programs.

“We believe that we can become better Christians when we live as small communities of faith,” Bendico said.

“We urgently need to strengthen our BECs along the path our vision-mission directs us; we need to support our parish priests, catechists, lay leaders and ministers,” he added.

The Church observed the first BEC Sunday for the first time on June 16, coinciding with the commemoration of Trinity Sunday.

The bishops during its plenary assembly in July 2018 approved that the Trinity Sunday every year will be celebrated as BEC Sunday throughout the country.