On March 10, 2015, BEC formators and leaders coming from the 21 parishes, 9 mission centers, and 1 chaplaincy of the diocese of Catarman, Norther Samar gathered at the Cathedral of the Our Lady of Annunciation for a whole assembly. The theme of the Assembly was: “40 Years of Journey with the Poor through Basic Ecclesial Communities.”
The whole day event started with a Mass at 9:00 which was presided by Bishop Emmanuel Trance, concelebrated by BIshop Emiritus Angel Hobayan and the clergy of the diocese. Fr. Amado Picarda, CSsR was the homilist. After the Mass, there was a workshop and talks on BECs facilitated by the Bukal ng Tipan Team. After lunch, a workshop and talk on the Church of the Poor followed. The Assembly ended at 4 pm.
The BEC Assembly was one of the week-long activities in the diocese to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the diocese which culminated the following day with the anniversary Mass presided by Archbishop Socrates Villegas and concelebrated by several bishops from the Visayas and over 200 priests.