Filipino Convocation August 6 – 8, 2014

10530554_10201245136890121_6384207947135185986_oThe Filipino Convocation is one of the six ethnic convocations (the others are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian and South Asian) of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries. Yearly they meet separately but on the 3rd year, they gather together. In 2015, all the Convocations will meet in Seoul in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Anglican Church in Korea.

This FilCon Event was held at the Cathedral Retreat Center, Diocese of Los Angeles. Opening worship: Bishop Diane Bruce, presiding; Rev. Bayani Rico, preaching. Workshops: “iPhones, iPads and iGod: Ministry in the Digital Age” by Fred Vergara; “Mini ABCD -Asset Based Community Development by B. Rico; “Social Media and Communications” by Mike Garcia; “Iglesia Filipina Independiente & Episcopal Church in the Philippines ” by Bishop Raul Tobias and Bishop Artemio Zabala. Cultural Night; 10493048_635162686582727_6527662307923051519_o

Had reunion with Henry Kiley, former theology professor and dean of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Philippines and fellow SATS alumni. What a wonderful Sunday Eucharist with contextualized liturgy: some indigenous hymns and compositions from Francisco Feliciano, former SATS Choirmaster and Tagalog Lord’s Prayer composed by my dear friend, Sam Galutera (bless his soul). Padi Ruth Casipit Paguio, vicar of Holy Child San Jose overheard the men say “Let’s do SATS style of concelebration,” asked: “What’s that?” She is the only woman priest there and she graduated from not from SATS but CDSP (Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley)..

One of the exciting happenings in the Filipino Convocation of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries is the networking among the churchwide Asiamerica Missioner (Fred Vergara); the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (Kathleen Cullinane); the President of EAM Council (Bayani Rico); the Convener of EAM-FilCon (Leonard Oakes); and the Vicar of Holy Child Church in San Jose, California (Ruth Casipit-Paguio) to organize a “faith community revival meeting” on Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 P.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Stockton.

After St. John’s was won back by the Diocese of San Joaquin, Bishop Provisional David Rice expressed, “I join with Episcopalians throughout San Joaquin in looking forward to exploring ways in which St. John’s, Stockton can continue to be a center of celebration and place from which God’s mission is evident.“

The FilCon is one of the six ethnic convocations (Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and South Asian) of the EAM which is an avenue for ethnic and intercultural evangelism, mission and church growth. All Filipinos, Hmong and Southeast Asians and all people are invited to this exciting event!  Canon Kate is also the priest-in-charge of St. John’s Stockton.

10582803_10203264698832015_7472284195591874241_o (1)Check out www.diosanjoaquin.org for more information. Stockton has an historic Filipino town and a strong and growing Southeast Asian community. The Hmong Missioner (Toua Vang) will also be present in this revival gathering. Please spread the word around and see you in St. John’s Stockton come November 16 in the afternoon. A Fiesta will follow the revival gathering. Please pray for this endeavor to spread the Good News and build a new community of love and reconciliation across cultures.

Closing Eucharist at Holy Trinity & St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Alhambra, California. Presiding- Rev. Leonard Oakes; Preaching-Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara; Commissioning- Bishop Tim Zabala. Introduced Heidi Kim, Missioner for Racial Reconciliation of the Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church; Brent Quines, Jr. rector of HTSB for his hospitality and leadership. EAM Eucharist

Had reunion with Henry Kiley, former theology professor and dean of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Philippines and fellow SATS alumni. What a wonderful Sunday Eucharist with contextualized liturgy: some indigenous hymns and compositions from Francisco Feliciano, former SATS Choirmaster and Tagalog Lord’s Prayer composed by my dear friend, Sam Galutera (bless his soul). Padi Ruth Casipit Paguio, vicar of Holy Child San Jose overheard the men say “Let’s do SATS style of concelebration,” asked: “What’s that?” She is the only woman priest there and she graduated from not from SATS but CDSP (Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley).

Fr. Fred’s sermon from the closing Eucharist

To all participants, visitors, presenters, and friends of EAM/Filipino Convocation Ugnayan II gathering at the Diocese of Los Angeles, on behalf of the FilCon officers and  planning committee members, thank you for sacrificing your time and space to make this event a success. We found love and joy in our togetherness as well as our being sent to the world as witnesses of the love of God.

From The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes

To the Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara (EAM Missioner), The Rev. Bayani Rico (EAM Council President), Mimi Wu (EAM Council Vice President), The Rev. Jay Watan and Warren Wong (Province VIII representatives), Angie Cabanban, Bishop Dianne Bruce, Claire Zabala-Bangao and Anillin Collado of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Artemio Zabala, Bishop Raul Tobias, Mike Garcia, The Rev. Canon Kathleen Cullinane of the Diocese of San Joaquin and Heidi Kim (Missioner for Racial Reconciliation of the Episcopal Church), thank you so much for your unending support and accommodation.

To the Planning Committee members: Fr. Brent Quines Jr, Fr. Gerry Engnan, Fr. Pete Tagdulang, Evelyn Fradejas, Bernadette Almodiel, Laila Engnan, Edgar Fradejas, Dwayne Bueno, Elvis Ganggangan, members of the Immaculate Conception of Van Nuys (IFI) and members of Holy Trinity & St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Alhambra, all Clergy participants, thank you so much!

Let us not forget to rise up, speak out and make a difference on how we could improve this loving community and continue to be a blessing to all.

Just a friendly reminder, start saving now for EAM October 2015 in Seoul Korea! See you there!

God’s Love,
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes
FilCon Convener

Text and photos from Fr. Fred Vergara, Fr. Leonard Oakes, and others attending the Convocation which I “stole” from their Facebook pages (Ed Lovelady, webmaster)

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