Bukal ng Tipan started in 2001. It was initially composed of a team of pastoral workers coming from the Parish of St. Joseph in Las Pinas, together with Fr. Mark, CICM, who was our parish priest. Even as a parish, St. Joseph was a frequent place for immersion on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) and Participatory Church praxis for Asian and Western pastoral ministers. Even then, parish pastoral workers dreamt of setting up a pastoral center. This dream became a reality when CICM turned over the parish to the diocese in 2000. Fr. Mark called on some of the fulltime pastoral workers in the parish (six of us) to concreti
A first step in our work with dioceses therefore is culture and context research. We want to design pastoral programs that are culture-fit and context-responsive. We want to listen to the pulse of the local communities – what frustrates them, what bothers them, what energizes them. Our pastoral programs intend to bridge this wide gap between faith and daily life. We also believe that any pastoral program has an action component that affects the daily living of the people, not just to have better church involvement. A good example would be our work with the Archdiocese of Iloilo in the central part of the Philippines whose BECs are very much involved in environmental protection and social business enterprise.