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Office of Laity and Family (OLF)






AsIPA Desk (BEC)

Youth Desk

Women's Desk

Asian Laity Meetings

From 1986 until now the National Laity Commissions held in cooperation with the FABC Office of Laity regular regional meetings for mutual support, sharing of experiences and building awareness of the important role of Lay people in the life of the Church.


In 2004, the Office of Laity was ask to add Family ti its portfolio. The list below includes Laity and Family meetings. For meetings concerning Youth, BEC or Women please go to the respective pages.


Laity Desk Plan for 2015


1. BILA (Bishops Institute on Lay Apostolate) X on Laity


  1. Dates and Venue
  • Dates: February 2 (Monday)- 7 (Saturday), 2015; (Arrival on Feb 2, Departure on Feb 7)
  • Venue: Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  1. Participants
  • FOUR or FIVE delegates per country. (A team is essential for any follow-up.)
  • Bishops together with lay men, women, youth, clergy and religious responsible for the formation of the Laity and responsible for Laity Commissions from your Bishop’s Conference or national body.
  • If there are no laity commissions, those working with Family, women or youth departments are also welcome.
  1. Proposed Theme
  • “Asian Meeting on the Laity on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. The Role and Mission of the Laity in the 21st Century."
  1. Programme:
  • Keynote to address current situation of Laity in the light of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.
  • Group Discussion on the status of the Laity in Church & Society in terms of ‘co-responsibility’ for mission.
  • Keynote talk and group discussion on the impact of the Pastoral strategies related to SCCs, BECs on the empowering and enabling of the Laity.

  • Report on Laity Survey and discussion on the impact of the Social Teachings and social mission on laity.
  • Reports from working groups that will help us improve and refine our work with the laity in Asia today. A final declaration to contain some recommendations
  1. Registration
  • Application form can be downloaded here.

    As the number of places available is restricted, we would appreciate your response by November 30th 2014.
  1. Fees /expenses
  • USD150 per participant.  Additional Voluntary Contributions are welcome as this is a subsidized rate. Cost should not deter participation. Please let us know if you have difficulty to pay the registration fee.
  1. Preparation
  • A paper on the laity for your reflection and a survey related to your Laity Commission and faith formation will be sent to you as soon as you register. These are an important part of the preparation for BILA X on Laity.






"Avenues/Approaches to respond to challenges in Pastoral Care to Families in the 21st Century" ,11th to 16th June, 2007, Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand




"Families in Asia, serving in being served"

Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 20-24, 2013


ALM I (First Asian Laity Meeting) was held 1994 in Suwon Diocese, Korea and brought participants representing 14 countries/areas of Asia together to reflect on the theme "The Commitment of the Laity in Church’s Mission with special reference to implementing the Church’ s Social Teachings”

The participants focused their attention on three vital areas for evangelization in Asia:

  • - The family
  • - Our workplace
  • - The dialogue of life with peoples of other faiths


ALM II (Second Asian Laity Meeting) 2001 in Thailand focused on the theme “Laity as a moving force of love and service in a renewed Church.”



Regional Laity Meetings

EARLM (East Asian Regional Laity Meetings for Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan):

  • EARLM 1 (1986, Taiwan): “The Role of the Laity in the Growth of the Local Churches in East Asia”
  • EARLM 2 (1989, Japan): “ Spiritual Crisis amids Materal Affluence and the Role of the Laity”
  • EARLM 3 (1992, Korea): “The Participation of the Laity in the Life of the Church”
  • EARLM 4 (1996, Macao): “The Role of the Laity in Human Development”
  • EARLM 5 (1999, Hong Kong): “Formation of Laity towards a Renewed Church”
  • The East Asian Meeting on FAMILY October 20-24, 2002 in Taipei, Taiwan focused on the theme "The Family in East Asia: Pastoral Challenges for the 3rd Millennium".

SEARLM (Southeast Asian Regional Laity Meetings for Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam):

  • SEARLM 1 (1996, Thailand): “The Role of the Laity in Church Mission in South East Asia, with Special Emphasis on Implementing the Church social Teachings”
  • SEARLM 2 (1999, Philippines): ”Authentic Human Development and the Social Teachings of the Church”

SARLM (South Asian Regional Laity Meetings for Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka):

  • SARLM 1 (1995, India): “Towards a Participatory Church”
  • SARLM 2 (1998, Nepal): “The Role and Mission of the Laity in the multi-religious contexts of South Asia at the threshold of the third millennium”






Executive Board


Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, csc

Dhaka, Bangladesh



Bishop Joel Z. Baylon

Legaspi, Philippines

Bishop Mar Mathew Arackal

Kanjirapali, India

Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias

Mumbai, India




OLF & Women's Desk

Ms. Wendy Louis

Executive Secretary

CAEC, 2 Highland Rd


Singapore 549102

Tel: (65) 68587081




Youth Desk

Fr. Patrick S. Gomes

Executive Secretary

c/o Archbishop's House

1 No. Kakrail Road, Ramna

G.P.O. Box 3, Dhaka 1000


Tel: (88-02) 934 5131 / 831 5405-09




AsIPA (BEC) Desk

Ms. Bibiana Joo-hyun Ro

Executive Secretary

643-1 Junggok 1-dong

Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

South Korea, 143 912

Tel: (82-2) 460 7547

Fax: (82-2) 460 7545







  1. BILA X on Laity 2015- "The Role and Mission of Laity on the 21st Century" Asian Meeting on Laity on the 50th Anniversary of Second Vatican Council
  2. BILA X on Laity Report
  3. BILA X on Laity Programme