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ECCCE Holds Convention for Diocesan Catechetical Directors

THE Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE) hosted a national meeting of all Diocesan Catechetical Directors, Coordinators and ACCCRE Officers on July 9-11 at St. Michael Retreat House in Antipolo City.

More than a hundred participants representing various dioceses attended the seminar-workshop aimed to help personnel in the Catechetical ministry by improving and upgrading the formation programs for catechists through a established network of collaboration and communion.

The 3-day meeting hoped to strengthen linkages among diocesan catechetical directors and coordinators and ECCCE; to present the New National Catechetical Directory for the Philippines; to present the Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church and Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; to provide updates on ACCCRE; to formulate a 3-year diocesan catechetical strategic plan for 2007-2010; and to provide a forum with the Bishops on catechetical issues and concerns.

The convention also tackled recent developments in the ministry of catechesis like the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the New National Catechetical Directory of the Philippines (NNCDP).

The New National Catechetical Directory of the Philippines

In its report of activities in the recent bishops plenary assembly held at Pope Pius XII, the commission reported the granting of approval by Vatican for the New National Catechetical Directory of the Philippines (NCDP) and its subsequent publication.

The original NCDP, entitled Maturing in Christian Faith, was published in 1982. The book served as the “official guide for the catechetical work of the Church in the Philippines.”

Since NCDP was published, various initiatives have come up, such as the publications of Catholic Catechism for Filipino Catholics and PCP II Acts and Decrees, which considerably affected the catechetical ministry in the Church.

The revised edition of NNCDP, which took three years to finish; presents principles and guidelines for an “updated, integrated and inculturated catechetical ministry in the Philippines.” It contextualizes “the universal catechetical guidelines provided by the Magisterium within our specific Filipino context”, cultural and otherwise.

The updated version of NNCDP is published by CBCP-ECCCE. The subsidized edition for bishops costs only P50.00. (Pinky Barrientos, FSP)