John Paul I Biblical Pastoral Center

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Official name John Paul I Biblical Pastoral Center.
Country / Continent Philippines / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. Christian Jesse M. Taliping, Pastoral Director of the Immaculate Conception School of Theology (incumbent until May 31st, 2012).
Legal holder of the institute Bishops of Northern Luzon, Philippines.
Sponsor of the institute NA
Year of foundation 29th September 1979.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) See attached Constitution.



Staff members of your institute
Contact 2700 Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Philippines


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

John Paul I Biblical Pastoral Center.

Director of the institute

Fr. Christian Jesse M. Taliping, Pastoral Director of the Immaculate Conception School of Theology (incumbent until May 31st, 2012).

Legal holder of the institute

Bishops of Northern Luzon, Philippines.

NA

Vision / mission statement

See attached Constitution.

Main areas of work

Animating and coordinating the biblical apostolate in Northern Luzon, Philippines.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

See attached WABI 2012 participants.

Year of foundation

29th September 1979.

Organisational structure of the institute

See attached Constitution.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

See attached Constitution.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

We are obliged to make the bible the foundation of all the apostolates in the local churches

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

We have five: Organization, Formation, Celebration, Translation and Distribution of Bibles.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To animate and coordinate the biblical apostolate in the local churches of Northern Luzon, Philippines.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Our Institute provides principally Formation for our bible workers.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Our Institute has been conducting yearly formation programs for lay leaders and is also involved in pastoral assemblies and gatherings.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

It is our hope that through our pastoral involvement our catechesis may be more biblical and our deaconry and liturgy may be more biblically inspired.

What notion of God inspires your work?

We feel our God has called us to make His Word ALIVE in the churches in the region.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

We believe that it is in ENCOUNTERING THE WORD that there can be a renewal in the life and mission of the Church.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

We normally follow the process of “SEE, JUDGE, ACT” through group study and reflection and workshop.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

By allowing the Word to speak to us we hope to respond to the signs of the times.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

The Institute coordinates the biblical apostolate of the region and organizes Regional conferences, formation programs and workshops.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

We do not have at the moment any magazine or periodical.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

The most important service of the Institute is that the Center makes possible for the region some organized way of making the biblical apostolate make an impact in the pastoral agenda of the region.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Our Institute is making some impact in the evangelization mission of the Church.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

The most important development at the moment is the growing awareness for more formation programs for different groups or sectors of the Church, particularly the youth and the poor.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Lack of well trained workers and the lack of adequate funding.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

The great challenge is for us to generate the resources we need for a more aggressive promotion of the Word of God. Again, personnel and funding.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

We hope to inspire more generous volunteer workers and we dream of generous supports for our apostolate.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Our Institute is extending as much support as she can to lay people. Our formation programs are particularly designed for lay people.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

We provide an annual report to the Bishops, hold semi annual meetings with our co workers (priests directors and lay coordinators) from the dioceses and conduct a bi-annual consultation with all stake holders in the apostolate.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

The JBIBPC is at the service of the Bishops of Northern Luzon. We receive our mandate from the Bishops and are accountable to the Bishops.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

The Institute is linked to the ECBA (The Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

The Center is an associate member of the EBF (Catholic Biblical Federation).

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

We are not engaged in this area as we are in a predominantly Christian region.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

We have relations with non-Catholic churches through our affiliation with the Philippine Bible Society (PBS).

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

We are only affiliated to the Theological Society of the Immaculate Conception School of Theology.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

We would be most grateful if we could get financial assistance in attending intercontinental exchanges inasmuch as we do not have any resources for such occasions.


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.