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Filipino Chaplaincy represented in the Social Justice Hui

posted Apr 5, 2011, 3:00 AM by Nick Ballesteros
Mel Bernardo, FCPC chair and Zeny Vogt, head of the FCPC Outreach/Service ministry represented the Filipino Chaplaincy in the conference on "Social Justice Hui" on Feb. 25-26, 2011 held at the Bishop Viard College, Porirua.  About 200 participants coming from all over the archdiocese - priests and lay   pastoral   leaders,  lay   people  from  different parishes     and       organizations /agencies,     and chaplaincies led by Archbishop John attended the conference.   Msgr.  Gerard  Burns, vicar  general, acted as the overall facilitator of the conference.  

In his opening remarks, the Archbishop laid down the overall theme of the conference. Quoting from the encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" of Pope Benedict XV1, he said, "A eucharist which does not pass over into concrete practice of love is intrinsically fragmented."  Following thru the profound exposition of Fr. Gittins on the Eucharist as a "remembrance" of the Lord during the “Spirituality and Discipleship Seminar” on 31 January 2011, the Archbishop emphasized that it is imperative to live and practice this Eucharist. Thus, it is the task of the Social Justice Hui to present the catholic social teachings of the Church that underline the need for social justice in our society. 
Another important reminder that we should bear in mind in the Filipino chaplaincy is the fact that, "In 2011, the Wellington Diocese is a place where everyone knows that Social Justice is at the heart of the Gospel".  Social Justice is working for the common good. It embodies the whole catholic social teachings on the Gospel values of love, peace, justice, compassion, reconciliation, service and community in the context of modern social problems. 

The gathering ended with a celebration of a multicultural mass. Through the Outreach/Service ministry, the Filipino chaplaincy council hopes to come up with various ways and means to carry out the challenge for Social Justice in our homes and communities.