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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.







"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




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