Office of Laity and Family (OLF)
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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."
- Application form can be downloaded here. As the number of places available is restricted, we would appreciate your response by November 30th 2014.
- 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.
- 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.
BILA ON THE FAMILY I, 2007
"Avenues/Approaches to respond to challenges in Pastoral Care to Families in the 21st Century" ,11th to 16th June, 2007, Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand
BILA ON FAMILY II, 2013
"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”