National Secretariat, Tagaytay City - More than 245 high school and college leaders, animators, coordinators, chaplains, and youth ministry partners registered for the first ever full online event of the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines for its 13th National Leadership Conference from 28th of July to 1st of August 2021. The opening program will happen this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
The national leadership conferences of SCAP are held every after three years since 2004. The Diocese of Bacolod assumed the hosting last year but due to the pandemic, the event was canceled. Moving forward, SCAP didn't stop to pursue the occasion. Hence, it came up with a different yet creative approach in a hope to offer the closest experience of face-to-face interactions.
This year's national leadership conference bears the theme, “Tugon:“Responding to the Call of the Times through Faith in Action.” It echoes the invitation of the Blessed Mother to the servers in the wedding at Cana to “Do whatever He tells you.” [Jn 2:5] The event also commemorates the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, wherein every SCAn is called to a selfless sharing through responding to the call of the times. The program shall offer a deep reflection-analysis on the nature of youth issues today (Values & Education, Social Justice & Peace, Environment, Science & Technology, and Digital Culture).
A critical understanding of issues through study sessions and workshops using an experiential approach and Cardijn’s See-Judge-Act Methodology will be followed. Alongside are Theological reflection and moments of prayer and silence. Resource speakers will be engaging participants in fruitful discussions and action-planning.
Get a glimpse of this year's conference resource speakers:
Dr. Fides del Castillo is an Associate Professor of the Theology and Religious Education Department at De La Salle University-Manila. She is an author of several religious and values education books. She is an active contributor as a scholar and has published in high-impact academic journals such as the Journal of Religion and Health, Mission Studies and Religions.
She received an Emerging Scholar Award from Common Ground Research Network at Washington, DC, the Global Minds Visiting Expert Grant from KU Leuven and grants from Duke University, USA. She is also a research fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary, California. Her research interests are Christianity, empirical theology, youth studies, and spirituality.
Fr. Sergio “Serge” C. Maniba has been assigned to Christ the King Parish Greenmeadows as guest priest since July 11, 2016. He had been a Diocesan Priest at the Diocese of San Jose, Antique. Fr. Serge finished college at St. Anthony’s College then did his BA Theology at San Jose Seminary. From 1996 to 2008 when he pursued his MA in Manila, he had always been assigned to Antique, serving as parish priest for 12 years, chaplain of the local Diocesan college, and Diocesan youth director/SCA Chaplain. This is Fr. Serge’s second stint as guest priest, since he had been assigned to the UP parish in 2008 and 2009 while doing his masters.
Fr. Serge is now in Metro Manila taking up his PhD in Theology, majoring in Missiology, at the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA), run by the Claretians in Tandang Sora Avenue. He had just started his second term of what should be a two-year stint. Prior to this, he had received his Licentiate and before that, from 2008 to 2010, he completed his MA at Mary Claret College.
Richelle H. Verdeprado RSW, MSW, Ph.D is a Registered Social Worker. Just this month, she has completed her academic requirements for her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Negros Occidental -Recoletos. She finished her Doctor of Philosophy in Development Management last 2017. She is currently a fellow in the Youth Leadership Development Program — Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Fellowship. She was also an Ayala Young Leaders delegate, The Outstanding Students (THOS) and the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) finalist and a Gerry Roxas Leadership awardee.
Dr. Verdeprado is presently the head of the Social Work program for both BS and MS program in UNOR. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Sowing Legacy Movement Inc., an organization she founded with friends that offer scholarship program and conducts outreach and developmental activities for the youth and partner communities. She is also the author of ‘Love and Learning’ Book for a Cause and main author of “Leadership and Legacies.” She is a Regional Finalist in the Pinay Power and was awarded by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) as outstanding social worker in the Philippines in the field of academe last 2020.
Concurrent workshops for all registered participants will be offered on July 30, 2021.
Get more information at www.scaphilippines.org/13thnlc