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PIA Press Release
2007/05/29

Cotabato archdiocese bares vision/mission

Koronadal, South Cotabato (29 May) -- Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI DD of the Archdiocese of Cotabato shared the Vision-Mission of the Archdiocese during the 1st Congress of Lay Movements and Organizations at the Notre Dame University, Cotabato City on May 25-27 as follows:

Vision -- Our Vision of a Church Renewed: In the light of our pastoral situation and impelled by our hope in Christ, we envision ourselves as genuine disciples of Jesus both in word and deed.

We envision ourselves as Church in solidarity with the poor among us, living like Jesus in evangelical poverty, promoting justice and peace as Church of the Poor. We envision ourselves as an uncultured Church, understandable and credible to an cultures in our Archdiocese in it’s announcing of the Kingdom of God.

We envision ourselves as a genuine community of disciples, striving together in communion with God, with one another, and with creation.

We shall be a participatory Church whose members active their God-given gifts and charisms in full co-responsibility toward the mission and work of the Church, according to their vocations and various ways of life.

Mission -- Our Mission as a Renewing Church: Today with deepened commitment, fully trusting in the renewing power of God’s Holy Spirit, we once more embark on the mission that the Lord is giving us in the Third Millennium. It is a mission of integral evangelization, a mission of liberation from everything that is contrary to the Kingdom of God in the social, economic, political and cultural fields and especially from sinfulness.

Our Pastoral Thrust of Building Ecclesial Communities- We are convinced that our vision and mission are best concretized through the archdiocesan Pastoral thrust of building Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) that reflect at the level of parishes and chapels, our vision of Church and our mission of integral evangelization.

For this reason our central pastoral priority, the core focus of our evangelization efforts, is the transformation of the Family into a renewed and renewing domestic Church.

In a special way, in view of our pastoral situation, we shall emphasize the task of faith formation, justice, development, peace and reconciliation, especially between Muslims and Christians. We shall give priority attention to the poorest of the poor, among who are our Indigenous brothers and sisters. We shall ensure and work actively onward this vision and mission.

To this mission of Church renewed and renewing with a mission of integral evangelization, we commit ourselves. We entrust ourselves to the loving intercession and protection of our blessed Mother of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of our Archdiocese, who with our Lord Jesus at all times as our guide to the Kingdom of God, which is now and forever.

“To proclaim the Gospel to all is our mission,” said Quevedo. (wrb/PIA 12) [top]

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