In the course of the Year of the Word of God and in preparation for the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Biblical Federation in November 2021, we invite all members and friends of our Federation to pray for God’s blessing, the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and the intercession of Mary, the Mother of the Word, for all its regions and their activities.
The intention for this month you can find here:
CBF South-East Asia Subregion is among the most active and best organized regions in the Catholic Biblical Federation. Nonetheless, it still faces some challenges and difficulties. In most of the countries which comprise this region, Christians are a minority, frequently treated with suspicion or even hostility. Some of their communism-influenced governments restrict religious freedom. At the same time, South East Asia enriches the Federation by its significant experience in the area of interreligious dialogue. The Catholic Church in the Philippines with its well established and regular activities – Bible weeks, Bible Month, summer camps for the youth, and activities of numerous biblical centers run by lay people – plays a leading role in pastoral biblical ministry in the region. Its another significant aspect is a fruitful cooperation of CBF members with the United Bible Societies.
The CBF-South East Asia held a Biblical-Pastoral Congress in Tagaytay City, Philippines on June 12-16, 2019. This Congress was inspired by the recently held CBF Congress in Rome in April, echoing the same theme. The participants were from Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and the members of the Biblical Apostolate in the Philippines. There were around 110 participants. The event was hosted by CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate.
The meeting of the zonal representatives of CBF-SEA took place in Bali, Indonesia, July 3-6, 2018. Participants included Fr. Johannes Subagyo, SDB, the zonal representative for Indonesia and Malaysia, Fr. Joseph Mary Tran, SDB, the zonal representative for Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, Fr. Arlo Yap, SVD, the zonal representative for the Philippines, along with Dr. Natividad Pagadut, the sub-regional coordinator. Sr. Marianne Gorit, OSB, recording secretary of last year’s meeting in Nha Trang, Vietnam, joined the group and was eventually chosen to be the secretary of the sub-region and to assume responsibility for the website of the CBF-SEA sub-region.
After the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) allowed local churches to celebrate liturgical services in their own languages, some Vietnamese priests and religious were eager to translate the Bible into Vietnamese versions that are suitable for their traditional culture.
Six priests voluntarily started to render the Latin Liturgy of the Hours into Vietnamese in late 1971. They later formed the Liturgy of the Hours Group that drew more priests and sisters who are expert in the Bible, theology, liturgy, pastoral ministry, sacred music, literature and poetry.
"We have conducted 16 Bible Seminars in the Year July 2019-June 2020 (14 Bible Seminars in June - December 2019 and 2 Bible seminars only in February 2020). After then, the global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our program. That is why we are temporarily suspending our program until the end of August. This month (July) only we can reopen our office. During these days, we translated a book, namely "Bible for you and me" from English to Burmese. We post a daily reflection on line. Please check the attachmed video with the activities of BPM. May God bless us in our common service to his life-giving word".
Fr. George Shwe Htun
National coordinator for BPM (Myanmar)