The Experiences of the Members of Basic Faith Community (BFC) of San Isidro Labrador Parish, Virac, Catanduanes


This study explores the Basic Faith Community experience of San Isidro Labrador Parish in Virac, Catanduanes. It also identifies the personal, spiritual and community life of the members prior to and after joining the Basic Faith Community (BFC). The primary data were gathered from documents of the diocese; parish priest; priests directly involved in the New Evangelization Pastorale/Basic Faith Community Program; and key informants. The key informants are members of the BFC, and data were obtained through survey questionnaire and focus group discussions. Results of the study show that all the key informants experienced a change in their attitude and behavior after joining BFC. After several years of attending BFC, the members’ personal concerns and worries shifted from materialistic concerns to God-centered concerns. Hence, their spiritual lives improved remarkably. Their BFC experiences remodeled their concept of God, resulting in a change of their attitudes, values and actions. Furthermore, all key informants became conscious of their role as Christians. The parish has to sustain and, if possible, put prime importance in establishing and nurturing Basic Faith Communities above all other para-liturgical activities

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Marichu T. Bemavides, Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

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Conference: ACSS2015
Stream: Other

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