Malolos diocese’s 189 catechists graduate

Malolos diocese’s 189 catechists graduate
Graduates from the Diocesan Lay Institute of Catechetics in Malolos receive their certificates and mission cross during the 10th Missio Canonica held at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Sta. Isabel, Malolos City, Saturday, June 3, 2017. RAINIER POLICARPIO

Malolos City, Bulacan – A new set of 189 laymen and catechists from the Diocese of Malolos recently received their ecclesiastical certificate after successfully passing a course on Catechetics at the Diocesan Lay Institute of Catechetics.

With the theme “Catechist, channel of God’s mercy and compassion in the community,” the graduation Mass and the 10th Missio Canonica were held at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Sta. Isabel, Malolos City, Saturday, June 3.

“Catechists who are extending their time, talents, and treasures are blessings to the Church,” said Fr. Avel Sampana, who presided over a concelebrated Mass before the graduation rites, with Fr. Eric Bagay and Fr. Angelito Caliwag, spiritual director of PASKA or “Pandiyosesis na Sentro ng Katekesis.”

In his homily, the priest stressed the important role of catechists in the Church and in society, saying: “All Christians have the role to teach and spread the Gospel.”

Mo. Cecilia Capiral, RCM, Dean of Studies presented the 189 candidates, who graduated and participated in the mission-sending, to Msgr. Bartolome Santos, HP, vicar general of the Diocese of Malolos, for his confirmation and blessing.

In his message to the graduates, Santos encouraged the graduates to continue to bear witness to the Gospel. “A good example can teach better than a good talk,” he said.

In an interview with CBCPNews, Capiral, who is also the superior of the RCM sisters, shared a short background on the institute. “It was established in 1998 during the time of Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona to provide the catechists and the lay people some formal training on teaching and Catechetics,” she explained.

Graduates from the institute received ecclesiastical certificates in catechetics and may decide to pursue their master’s degree at the Immaculate Concepcion Major Seminary.

To date, the institute has more than 1300 laymen and catechists who finished the Catechist Basic Formation program curriculum, which was created by the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education. CBCPNews