• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 27 April 2018 11:13

AUS Province missionaries brush up on latest Biblical scholarship


Elmer Philippines Bible course2 350The Bible is not a static collection of ancient works but the living Word of God which continues to speak to us today, so for Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD, a recent Biblical study course in the Philippines provided new insights which he is eager to share upon his return to Australia.

Fr Elmer is the Biblical Coordinator for the SVD AUS Province, and he took part in the course with two other new members of the Province, Fr Mariusz Kubista SVD, a Polish priest who has been in Kenya for some years and Fr Tuyen Nguyen SVD, from Vietnam, who has been in Argentina for 10 years. Both Fr Mariusz and Fr Tuyen (pictured below with Fr Elmer) were taking part in the Biblical study course in the Philippines to prepare them for their upcoming assignment teaching the Bible in Myanmar, the AUS Province’s newest mission.

“As Biblical Coordinator for the Province, it was crucial for me to spend time with them both, to have that connection with these two confreres who are going to Myanmar, where the Biblical Apostolate will be the focus of their work,” he says.

Elmer Philippines Bible course 350“And, on a personal level, it was good for me to do this course to brush up and know the latest in scholarship and methodology with regards to the Biblical Apostolate.”

Fr Elmer says the ‘Bible Updating Course’, held at the Philippines’ main SVD seminary, consisted of lectures by Fr Randy Flores SVD (nephew of Fr Dom Flores a member of the AUS Province). Fr Randy was joined by Sr Miriam Alejandrino osb and Fr Dante Barril SVD. The visiting students also sat in with the seminarians for some lectures.

“Apart from the lectures, we also went to Manila on a field trip, to visit the Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate, which is a body of the Philippines Bishops Conference,” says Fr Elmer. “And following that we visited the Philippines Bible Society and toured through their Bible Museum, which was very interesting.”

Elmer Philippines Bible course3 350Fr Elmer says he found the opportunity to engage in ongoing formation to be a valuable experience.

“I really benefited from it,” he says. “Because it gave me a chance to brush up and update my knowledge of the Bible and of Biblical scholarship. It’s been more than a decade since I left the seminary and so it’s good to keep in touch with the latest in the different methods of Bible studies.

“I will definitely use much of what I learnt during the course in my work in the Biblical Apostolate.

“For instance I will have a lot of rich new material to draw from in my monthly Bible talk with the community here at Marsfield and perhaps in the future, depending on the needs of the people, we might be able to explore different styles of Bible study and Bible sharing.”