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Who We Are >> Membership >> Philippines Mission >> Work & Mission

Our History and Mission

The Apostolate for Family Consecration was invited into the Archdiocese of Manila by Jaime Cardinal Sin in early 1994. Soon after, three members of the Catholic Corps from the United States came to Manila and established our St. Joseph Formation & Media Center for Asia. The Catholic Corps have been serving there since, working to consecrate families in the Truth throughout all of Asia.

On March 4th, 1995, Cardinal Sin held an official “book launching” of the Apostolate’s Family Catechism at Villa San Miguel. (See Apostolate’s Family Catechism “Katesismong Pampamilya” section.) A Philippine-edition was produced at the St. Joseph Asian Center which also provides cross-references to the Acts and Decrees of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. The St. Joseph Center then produced a videotape series with Bishop Ramon Arguelles and Msgr. Socrates Villegas discussing in Tagalog, the 304 questions and answers found in the Apostolate’s Family Catechism, about which Cardinal Sin said: “…your audio and video holy hours and programs will be most useful and will gain wide acceptance as it is properly adapted to the pastoral and cultural context of the Philippines.”

The Archdiocese of Manila, under the leadership of Jaime Cardinal Sin, fully backs the Apostolate for Family Consecration’s “Be Not Afraid” Family Hour program as an official Archdiocesan program for the Third Millennium. The initial launching took place during Simbang Gabi of 1999, running throughout the Great Jubilee Year 2000 and continuing to run. (Please see the Be Not Afraid Family Hours in the Philippines section). The St. Joseph Asian Center also began producing Be Not Afraid Family Hours in Tagalog featuring such teachers as Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Bishop Crisostomo Yalung, Bishop Ramon Arguelles, Msgr. Socrates Villegas, and others.

Meanwhile, our St. Joseph Formation and Media Center of Asia began the training and formation of parish leaders & couples for what are called our Lay Ecclesial Teams which implement the Be Not Afraid Family Hours in their local parishes. Cardinal Sin said of the Apostolate’s Lay Ecclesial Teams: “I believe the structure of your Lay Ecclesial Teams (that is similar to the Legion of Mary) will dramatically build up the parish community and offer the following benefits: [among others] “…formation for all the parish groups and organizations while respecting their charisms; … continuity for your programs used within the parish, that doesn’t change personnel with pastor transfers or PPC leadership elections."

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