Basic Ecclesial Communities

In the desire to sustain the Basic Ecclesial Community program of the parishes in the Diocese of San Jose de Antique, the continuing formation of the BEC coordinators is being held quarterly. Every parish sends their Parish BEC Formation Team (PBFT) to this continuing formation and updating. Last July 02, 2016, the PBFT Southern Deanery, met at the Parish Sta. Teresa de Avila in Casay to discuss some points which may help them to sustain the BEC in the villages of their respective parishes. In this updating, they tried to look for ways on how Pope Francis’ Laudato Si be of guide in animating the village cells of the BEC in every parishes.

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Parish of Sta Teresa, Casay, Philippines

The Parish of Sta. Teresa de Avila in Casay has remote mountain villages separated by seasonal rivers and high hills. During rainy season, like at this time of the year, this villages could only be reached through trekking and long hour walks. Last July 01, 2016, I, the village officials, and some villagers blessed the “farm to market” cement road in Casay and the hanging bridge in Sitio Iboc, Casay. These cemented foothpath and hanging bridge will help all of us here in Casay to reach faraway villages with lesser slipping on the mud!

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St Therese High School

Quality and affordable Catholic education for Antiquenos is one of the many legacies of Mill Hill Missionaries in Antique, Philippines. To date, there are still few MHM founded schools operational under the supervision of the Antique Diocesan Catholic Schools. One of these schools is St. Therese High School in Casay, Anini-y. Though this school is under the full supervision of the diocese, Mill Hill is still providing its chaplaincy.

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New Intake at 2nd Cycle Formation, Pune, India

The new formation year 2016 -17 began this month of June, 2016 on a good note. As the saying goes: “Well begun is half done”. We began this new year of 2nd Cycle formation in Pune with 18 students, out of which two deacons and four final year students will be soon leaving us at the end of July 2016. This year we have 10 new students for 1st year theology – six African students i.e. two Cameroonians, two Kenyans and two Ugandans and four Indian students.

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India Day

Every four years, ever since 1983, Fr Francis Baartmans mhm and the Benares Foundation organise an 'India Day'. The 8th edition of this event took place on June 18th in St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek and brought together some 125 participants, most of whom have a personal connection through voluntary service with the work of Fr Francis among the Dalits in the Hindu Holy City of Varanasi, India, on the banks of the Ganges.

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Basic Ecclesial Communities, Philippines

The Basic Ecclesial Community or Small Christian Community meeting is one of the priority activities of the Parish of Sta. Teresa de Avila, Casay. Extra effort is being exerted in order to animate and to keep the BECs in Casay alive. The Bishop of San Jose de Antique, Jose Romeo Lazo, calls for strengthening and sustaining of the BEC program in all parishes in his diocese.

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The Mysterious Trail of the Tamarind

The present book is a serious study on the Dalits in the Assi-Nagwa area of Varanasi. It deals with a community who lives in a colony in the midst of a rather upper-caste neighbourhood with a Brahmanic aura. Dr. Frans Baartmans' study is not a desk analysis of Dalits. He is a scholar, a social activist, tireless catalyst for a transformation of a community while living among them for the last thirty-four years. He is heart and soul dedicated to the cause of making an unbroken identity out of a broken community. Baartmans is an exceptional transformational leader in this epoch of slow, yet emerging discourse on discrimination of a community wrought by the upper castes.

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