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Office of Education and Faith Formation (OEFF)
formerly Office of Education and Student Chaplaincy (OESC)
1. ASEM Interfaith Dialogue
The FABC-Office of Education and Student Chaplaincy (FABC-OESC) has
served as a consultant to the Asian-European Meeting (ASEM) on Interfaith
Dialogue program through the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic
of the Philippines. ASEM will hold an international conference with the theme
"Building Interfaith Harmony within the International Community" on July 21-22,
2005 at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Bali, Indonesia.
Fr. Vicente G. Cajilig, OP, the executive secretary of OESC is participating
in the said meeting.
ASEM Interfaith Dialogue seeks to foster mutual understanding and mutual respect
among all faiths and religions particularly in Asia and Europe and to propose a set
of recommendations to actualize interfaith harmony within the international community.
The Interfaith Dialogue is sponsored by Indonesia and the United Kingdom and co-sponsored
by Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Greece, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines,
Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Participants are from all 39 ASEM partners and a number of
international observers. The composition of the delegates are expected to be a mixture of
relevant high ranking officials, intellectuals, senior journalists and the various religious
leaders or priests from the community of faiths and religions, such as Islam, Christianity,
Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and others.
2. OESC participates in the regional OIEC meeting
The FABC-OESC has been active as observer/participants to the meetings and conferences
of the Catholic International Education Office (OIEC). Promoting the vision of making schools
and universities as venue for dialogue, Fr. Vicente Cajilig, OP, the Executive Secretary of FABC-OESC,
attended the Council's regional meeting of OIEC in Bangkok, Thailand on June 28, 2005.
Dubbed as "OIEC with ASIA", OIEC would like to establish its presence in Asia by organizing
The National Catholic Education Federations. According to its proposed statutes, its "main purpose
is to promote the evangelization of the Asian people through education, to disseminate and defend
the main principles of the organization and orientation of Catholic Education in Asia and to promote
the communion and solidarity among its members."
3. Asian Mission Congress: OESC Contribution
Asia is home to diverse cultures and religions. This is the preordained context of proclaiming
Christ and of living the Christian life in Asia. This challenge calls for a renewal of evangelization
towards meaningful and creative coexistence with this diversity on cultures and religions among the
followers of Christ. Such challenge is to be concretely and strategically implemented by universities,
local churches and groups in the Asian Region, especially where the diversity of cultures and religions
is an everyday phenomenon. The FABC-Office for Education and Student Chaplaincy would work out these
areas as they are related to education.