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“Our vision of the Church as communion, participation and mission, about the Church as priestly, prophetic and kingly people, and a Church of the poor, that is a renewed Church, is today finding expression in one ecclesial movement, that is the movement to foster Basic Ecclesial Communities” (PCP II 137).

“They are small communities of Christians, usually of families, who gather around the Word of God and the Eucharist. These communities are united to their pastors but are ministered to regularly by lay leaders. The members know each other by name and share not only the Word of God and the Eucharist but also their concerns both material and spiritual. They have a strong sense of belongingness and of responsibility for one another. (PCP II 138)

Usually emerging at the grassroots among poor farmers and workers, Basic Ecclesial Communities consciously strive to integrate their faith and their daily life. They are guided and encouraged by regular catechesis. Poverty and their faith urge their members towards solidarity with one another, action for justice, and towards a vibrant celebration of life in the liturgy. (PCP II 139).

“Basic Ecclesial Communities under various names and forms – BCCs, small Christian communities, covenant communities – must be vigorously promoted for the full living of the Christian vocation in both urban and rural areas.” (PCP II decrees, article 109)

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is to issue an official statement on BECs, on their nature and functions as recognized by the Church, making it clear that they are not simply another organization. This official statement of the CBCP shall be, among others things, for the proper orienting of priests and seminarians. Training for work with BECs shall be made part of seminary formation.” (PCP II decrees, article 110)

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  • erlito_ebia

    says on:
    December 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

    It is nice to know that our Church is beginning to transform into the Church of the future the BEC, my question is…Is there such thing as school-based BECs? If there are school-based BECs, where can we find these program? What schools are initiating this program?
    thank you so much…

  • JOVIE C. BARGAYO

    says on:
    April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    HOW TO SUSTAIN THE BASIC ECCLESSIAL COMMUNITIES/GKK’S

    • fatherpicx

      says on:
      April 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Your question requires a long answer which won’t fit this comment section. There are articles in this website which will answer your question, please check these out.

    • fatherpicx

      says on:
      April 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Your question requires a long answer which won’t fit this comment section. There are articles in this website which will answer your question, please check these out.

  • orly

    says on:
    July 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Fr Picx,

    Is it possible to use BEC as an approach to youth ministry? What method can we adapt? Thanks

  • AMANCIO JIM YAP

    says on:
    May 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    fr picpic,

    ask lang ko sa umaabot nga BEC director ug coordinator meeting this coming sept 16-19, 2013, unsaon man namo pag-contact kon gusto mi moapil. thanks and God bless…

    • fatherpicx

      says on:
      May 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

      This is by invitation only. The letter of invitation and the details have already been sent to the bishops and diocesan BEC directors. Each diocese can only send 2 delegates (the priest-director and the lay/or religious diocesan BEC coordinator. Confirmation of attendance can be sent through email or my cp number. This gathering is part of the preparation for the National BEC Congress.

      (By invitation only lang ni. Gipadala na ang invitation ug details sa mga obispo ug diocesan BEC directors. Duha ra ka delegates kada diocese – ang priest-director ug ang lay/religious diocesan BEC coordinator. Ang confirmation sa attendance pinaagi sa email (amadopicardal@yahoo.com o cp number 09081733611). Dili pa ni ang National BEC Congress kun dili kabahin sa pagpangandam sa mas dako nga panagtigum. Busa limitado ang attendance. Among gi-expect nga ang diocese mao ang moabaga sa gasto sa mga delegado.)

  • john villanueva

    says on:
    October 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    where can we find a verse in the bible mentioning about BEC to support our advocacy about BEC?

    • fatherpicx

      says on:
      October 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      the inspiration for BECs is the account of the early Christian community in Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35. These texts are the model that the Church would like her members to follow. There are many texts in Pauline letters about how how Christians should live as a community of believers.

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