MANILA, Sept. 11, 2010—The Archdiocese of Manila is hosting a meeting of liturgists from all over the country on September 13-16 at the Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila.
Themed “The Veneration of Saints”, the 25th National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy (NMDDL) is expected to gather around 300 participants from all the arch/dioceses nationwide.
Arch/diocesan liturgical directors meet once a year to hear and share updates on “liturgical questions, create closer ties among them, and promote a greater coordination between the ECL and the diocesan liturgical commissions.”
The NMDDL was established in 1985 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Liturgy (ECL) then headed by Archbishop Jesus Dosado.
Aside from liturgy directors, professors of liturgy in seminaries and theological schools, and graduates of Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay, Bukidnon also attend the annual meeting.
ECL chairman and Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles will lead the Vespers at the opening day of the meeting.
Mass Celebrants for the succeeding days include former ECL Chairman and Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, and Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales who will preside at the closing Mass at the UST chapel.
Resource speakers include Archbishop Dosado, Fr. Anscar Chupungco, OSB, Fr. Oliver Yalung, Msgr. Florencio Salvador, Msgr. Andres Valera, Fr. Amelito Racelis, Fr. Genaro Diwa, ECL executive secretary, and Sr. Susan Abellana.
The University of Santo Tomas will host a special session for the participants on the last day with a viewing of exhibits on St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint. UST rector Fr. Roland V. de la Rosa, O.P. will give a talk on St. Lorenzo Ruiz. (CBCPNews)