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A New Beginning – Emmaus Lay Formation Center in Zamboanga City


Last May 20, 2012 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Fr. Salvatore Carzedda, PIME, the Emmaus Lay Formation Center (ELFC) was inaugurated at the Euntes Mission Center, Sinunuc Zamboanga City, This year, 2012, coincides also with the 25th Anniversary of the Emmaus Dialogue Community.

The ELFC is administered by the Emmaus Family formed by Emmaus Dialogue Community (EDC) whose members are Catholic Lay women who consecrate their lives to the mission of dialogue and peace living in communities with vows of commitment inspired by the Beatitudes; the Emmaus Circle comprising of Catholic lay men and women, single and married, who lived in their own families sharing the same mission of the EDC; and the Disciples whose members are young men who have the vocation to become priest and who are willing to become part of the Emmaus Family in order to provide a spiritual guidance to the Emmaus members, the Silsilah Dialogue Movement and to the people in the Diocese where they reside. The Archdiocese of Zamboanga acknowledged the Emmaus Dialogue Community as a Lay Association.

The Emmaus Family is grateful to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) Fathers for the trust they have extended to the community by entrusting to it the administration of the Euntes Compound (formerly Euntes Mission Center).

The formation center is at the service of the Church in Mindanao. It organizes short courses, seminars and workshops for Catholics on Bible, peace-building, trauma healing, life in dialogue, social teaching of the Church, interfaith harmony, care for the poor and sick people, dialogue with creation; promotes Emmaus Family vocation and the Culture of Dialogue, Path to Peace, among Christians; and is open to all schools, groups and parishes. This ELFC is a gift and a blessing to the local Church and to the Church at large. With dialogue as its primary objective, it answers a long-felt need in the Church’s ministry.

“Our time requires of the Laity no less zeal: in fact modern conditions demand that their apostolate be broadened and intensified...The Divine Love, ‘poured into the hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us' (Rom. 5.5) enables lay people to express concretely in their lives the spirit of the Beatitudes “ excerpts from the Vatican II Decree on the Apostolate and the Laity.

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