Asia Apostleship of Prayer conference to be held in Cebu

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

JESUIT national directors from different countries in the world will meet on October 10-16 for the Asia Apostleship of Prayer (AP), which will be held for the first time in Cebu City.

The AP is a worldwide organization that officially promotes the Sacred Heart devotion and prays for the Pope's intentions. From the beginning since 1896, it has been entrusted by the Pope to the Society of Jesus, said Fr. Ramon M. Mores, S.J., of the Sacred Heart Parish, in an email to Sun.Star.

He said the Most Sacred Heart Archdiocesan Shrine in Cebu was chosen to host the conference this year.

“This may be the Lord’s way of blessing and confirming us as a newly erected Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,” he said.

The meeting, for the past 50 years, was held in different Asian countries, twice in Manila, and now in Cebu. The theme of the conference is: "Recreating the Apostleship of Prayer."

Aside from the Jesuits AP national directors, their co-workers in the promotion of the devotion to the Sacred Heart will also be among the participants. They are coming from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India, East Timor, Thailand, Indonesia, Guam (Micronesia), Japan, Macao, Tahiti, Vietnam, and the Philippines, said Fr. Mores.

He said the convenor of this year’s conference is Fr. Claudio Barriga, SJ, the secretary of the Society of Jesus on the Apostleship of Prayer in Rome who works directly under the General of the Society of Jesus.

“The Apostleship of Prayer is for those who feel the need of God, and for those that want to associate their life and their heart to the life and heart of Jesus,” Fr. Mores said.

“Jesus is inviting you to work with him in his project of bringing compassion to this disheartened world of ours. Be part of the worldwide network of prayer. Help us, together with millions of other Apostleship of Prayer to support the mission of Christ in his Church through daily offering of your life to the Lord and praying for the monthly intentions of the Holy Father for the mission of the universal Church and missionary intentions every year,” he added.

For inquiries, interested participants may drop by the AP at the Sacred Heart Parish, 242 D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City. (PR)

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