On February 15, 2014 the first BEC Big Day of the National Capital Region was held in the Gym at St. Paul University, Quezon City. This was attended by seven hundred sixty (760) delegates from Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Antipolo, Kalookan, Novaliches, Cubao, Pasig, Paranaque and guests from Diocese of Malolos and Imus. Diocesan BEC Directors (priests) graced the said event. The program has a theme entitled:
“Nalalapit kay Kristo,
Nagkakalapit sa Isat-isa,
At Lumalapit sa Kapwa.”
The program started at 7:00am, ended up at 4:00p.m. It was hosted by Bro. Gerry Mansueta and Sis. Mona Valencia.
Fr. Nelson Orqueta and Fr. Amado Picardal were the main speakers. Fr. Orqueta shared his reflection on the theme of the gathering “Nalalapit kay Kristo, Nagkakalapit sa Isa’t Isa, at Lumalapit sa Kapwa.” In the BECs, the members are called to loving communion – a close relationship- with Christ and with one another and to reach out to others – to be in mission.
Fr. Picardal gave an informative talk on the programs and activities of the CBCP-BEC Committee. He gave some updates particularly on the upcoming National BEC Assembly in 2015 which will be held in Manila. He told them that the proposal will be submitted to the CBCP during their next plenary assembly in July 2014. There was a resounding yes from the delegates when Fr. Picardal asked them if they were willing to be the host of the national assembly.
Each diocese presented a BEC profile/history in video clippings that gave a clear picture of their BEC establishment, activities and best practices; who were the people behind, citing the parish role model of BEC, etc.
The whole day event culminated with the Eucharistic celebration presided by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco,D.D. and concelebrated by Fr. Benjie Ledesma, Fr. Ruben Maybuena, Fr. Amado Picardal and Fr. Bien Miguel. At the end of the Mass, there was turn-over ceremony where the responsibility for hosting meetings and events of BEC leaders and practitioners was handed on to the diocese of Novaliches.