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September 10, 2013
Today’s gospel: Luke 6:12-19

“from them he chose Twelve,
whom he also named apostles”
(Lk 6:13b)

It is my joy and pleasure to announce the appointment of an Apostolic Board (AB) composed of 12 brethren, who will help me oversee our worldwide work, and help safeguard our charism and vision. The members of the AB are the following:

1. Lachie Agana
2. Nonong Contreras (AB Chair)
3. Mimi David
4. Maribel Descallar
5. Jojo Dunglao
6. Cocoi Javier
7. Chito Liban
8. Pancho Lopez-Tan
9. Ed Mondigo
10. Bob Murga
11. Xavy Padilla
12. Charlie Reyes

CFC-FFL is an evangelistic and missionary community, and we are on the verge of massive evangelization, through such works as the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) Movement, the Live Pure Movement, and our Work with the Poor, among others. All these are in response to the call of the Roman Catholic Church for a New Evangelization.

We intend to help mainstream Catholic lay evangelization through the parishes, to bring lost and lapsed Catholics back to God and back to the Church. We intend to help form the next generation of Catholic leaders, especially in building a counter culture to the sexual revolution. We intend to help build the Church of the Poor, according to Jesus’ mission to bring glad tidings to the poor.

These are the priorities of our Church--lapsed Catholics, the youth, the poor.

The AB will formulate policies, principles, structures, formation modules, ministries and directions that are for implementation throughout the worldwide CFC-FFL family, in collaboration with the Servant General.

I need the help and support of these 12 apostles (those who are sent). I ask that you support them as well, through your prayers, respect and cooperation with AB initiatives.

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I also take this opportunity to announce the formation of a Servant Council (SC) of 7 brethren, who will govern community life and work in the Philippines. SCs will eventually be established in other countries, to govern the work in the country, and to help safeguard our vision and promote our mission. The members of the Philippine SC are the following:

1. Lachie Agana (Country Servant)
2. Manny Canlas
3. Jun Caramat
4. Bobbie Laguitao
5. Oca Oblefias
6. Pat Oconer
7. Joseph Tesoro

I will give out more information as we move along and as needed by our leaders and members throughout the world. In the meantime, please pray for and give your fraternal support for these pastoral-organizational initiatives. In the meantime, our leaders should proceed as usual, until such time as I authorize any other changes in our structures throughout the world. The work must go on without disruption, and even intensify.

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We enter into 2014 with our new theme, “Empowered to Witness.” Let us continue to grow in our personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, always being in touch with him through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, receiving him in the Eucharist, doing his work, and embracing his cross. “Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.” (Lk 6:19).

With power from on high, let us then be witnesses of Jesus and let us witness to Jesus. Let us work such that the number of disciples and the number of people who meet and get to know Christ and the number of those removed from under the dominion of the enemy will grow into a great multitude throughout the world. “A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.” (Lk 6:17b-18).

Empowered to witness. “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). Just as it was then, so should it be today. Let us get to work.

I thank you all for your efforts through all these years. It is much appreciated. Your quiet unselfish labor will never go unrewarded by the Lord. You are all my beloved brethren, and I praise and thank God for you all.

Onward to the New Evangelization.

God bless you all.

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