Episcopal Commission for Biblical Apostolate:
Chairman : Bishop Basilio Athai
Coordinator : Sr. Tammy Saberon, SSC
Bible Translation In-Charge Fr. John Aye Kyaw
Address C B C M
292/A Pyay Road
Sanchaung P.O, Yangon 11111
Background of the basic bible seminar
In response to the demand of the Council of Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation or Die Verbum #22 “Easy Access to Sacred Scripture must be provided to all levels of the faithful.” Sr. Henrieta, OSB and Fr. Ludger Feldkaemper, SVD from Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, designed a seminar, a Biblical Pastoral Approach, on the Bible called Basic Bible Seminar. In 1979, the Basic Bible Seminar was given to the different Archdioceses and Dioceses in the Northern Philippines, attended by all levels of the faithful: Archbishops, Bishops, priests, sisters and lay. Since then the Basic Bible Seminar has been given to countless people specially the grassroots all over the Philippines. The BBS as it is now popularly known has reached far and beyond the confines of Northern Philippines and is presently offered in such places like, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Zaire, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, now in Myanmar among others. As a consequence, the Basic Bible Seminar handbook has been translated into a number of foreign languages and one of these is Jinghpaw. In 2008 the BBS handbook is printed in Burmese language.
Making the Word of God Alive ….
Sister Tammy B. Saberon, Columban Sister, got involved in forming Basic Bible Seminar Core Team and Bible Facilitators’ Core Team in Northern Philippines in 1980 prior to her first mission assignment to Hong Kong in 1982. Her experience in helping people to love the Word of God has opened her eyes that there is indeed a hunger for the Word of God among us Catholics. Those who have joined the Basic Bible Seminar surprised their families when they were seen reading the Bible and praying with it. They were suspected then of having joined the Born Again, the non denominational Christian groups or having joined the Protestant denominations. Why was it surprising for them? It is because seldom do they see Catholics reading and praying with the Bible. Joining the Bible Sharing among the lay people has deepened her relationship with the Lord and with the people to whom she ministers as she journeys with them in their joys, successes, failures, dreams, problems and difficulties in life. It has deepened her love for the Word of God and her commitment to make the Word of God Alive in the lives of people. Sister Tammy is a graduate of the Biblical Pastoral Course (Dei Verbum) in Nemi, Rome (1990).
Basic Bible Seminar (BBS) in Myanmar
Sister Tammy B. Saberon, arrived in Myitkyina in 2001. After having dialogued with Bishop Paul Grawng, she gave the First BBS in English to 35 priests, sisters and lay people. A series of BBS followed after in many parishes in Myiktyina Diocese that led to the establishment of the Biblical Pastoral Center in Myiktyina.
Bishop Sotero Phamo, the then Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Biblical Apostolate, knew about the Biblical Pastoral activities in Myitkyina prompted him to invite Sr Tammy to speak to the Bishops Conference in June 2005. In 2006, Sr Tammy was appointed by the Bishops’ Conference as the National Coordinator for Biblical Pastoral Ministry. Since Sr Tammy took the role in 2007, there were many developments happened in the field of Biblical Pastoral Ministry in Myanmar.
MAJOR EVENTS IN BIBLICAL PASTORAL MINISTRY
BASIC BIBLE SEMINAR
The Basic Bible Seminar is an introductory course on Sacred Scripture for all levels of the faithful. It consists of group activities, conferences and celebrations geared towards making the Bible one’s basic prayer book and book of life and geared towards building Christian communities based on the Word of God.
II. Objectives: The Basic Bible Seminar
III. Aims of this seminar?
BIBLE FACILITATORS’ SEMINAR
Objectives of Bible Facilitators Seminar