I was at the Catechetical Liturgical Conference. The format was different this year. We did not have any break out sessions nor topics to choose from. Everyone stayed at the Bishop Baumgartner gym. The conference opened up with a Mass presided by the Archbishop. This year, there was a time for reflection, discussion, and feedback. This was the new format. The reflections, discussions, and question and answers took place after each keynote speaker. Last catechetical conference, a Filipino Dominican priest was brought in from Indonesia. This year, we have a Bishop from the Philippines.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio Siongco David of San Fernando, Philippines was the keynote speaker, and he did an outstanding job. He spoke about our responsibility in taking care of the environment, the children (especially the unborn), the elderly, the poor and disadvantaged, and the family. He spoke about the attacks of the devil through abortion and the family. He emphasized a very important lesson. It is the caring of the poor, the children, the disadvantaged, and those with disabilities who will have a great impact on our lives. The way he concluded his speech by telling a true story was excellent. Who would forget the true story of the little baby who was born in prison raised by inmates? That baby changed an entire prison of inmates. The Bishop was correct when he said that it was like baby Jesus was in their midst.
The second keynote speaker was the Archbishop. He spoke about the Jubilee year. We also said a jubilee prayer together, which the Archbishop announced will be recited in every parish.
Brother Edwin was also another keynote speaker at the conference. I find his personal testimony so moving and emotional that I remained attentive throughout his entire speech. He mainly spoke about family and same sex marriage.