With Vatican’s replacement still pending, Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, D.D. spends his remaining time through the fulfillment of his desires and dreams for the Diocese, part of which includes the need for solidarity and networking in his locality.
“I have been a bishop for a long time and have met different people…that is what i like to encourage within the Diocese–that connection with each other, helping each other to become better,” began Bishop Tobias with his Key Note Address delivered during the formal launching of the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference Diocese of Novaliches Chapter (BBC Novaliches) held in Obispado De Novaliches, Fairview last June 5, 2018.
“Just to give my point of establishing solidarity and networking. (There are) different banks (who work) together, sure,” he expounded. “Do not look at them as competitors…when you are friends not competing with each other, they are strong.”
He also cited the efforts of the Church in connecting with the Barangays through UBAS (Ugnayang Barangay At mga Simbahan) that was initiated by the Diocese of Novaliches and the Diocese of Cubao, along with how other sectors of society and other religious organizations from diocesan to national levels can do the same.
Addressing business owners and executives from various establishments located in the Diocese, the Bishop also urged members of BBC Nova to collaborate with the Church in building the Kingdom of God through their different areas of concentration and their daily lives.
“That work you do is part of the making of the New Heaven and the New Earth. Let us build that together and help each other in reaching it,” he stressed. “We put together different groups of people because all of us contribute–help out in your own field of concentration, in what you are doing everyday.”
Aside from his desire for solidarity and networking in the Diocese, the Bishop enthusiastically revealed that the BBC Novaliches launching was the fulfillment of his dream during his homily for the Eucharistic Celebration that officially began the event.
“It is a long-time dream eversince…to have a chapter of the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference,” he said, “I am very happy…this has been my project–has never came…until my part in the Diocese is about to end.”
The Bishop hopes many will join BBC Novaliches including students taking Business courses to help the poorest of the poor in the Diocese. He then assured those present, including representatives from the BBC National level and other dioceses of the continuity of the undertaking since it will be handed over to the next bishop of Novaliches as soon as one is appointed by the Pope.
The Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development (BBC) Diocese of Novaliches Chapter was actually established on January 25, 2018 on the occasion of the Bishop’s 35th Episcopal Anniversary and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. In the Philippines, BBC was established in 1971 by 30 bishops and 30 businessmen to address socio-political and economic problems to oust poverty. (~Minnie Agdeppa)