The 5th General Assembly of the Asian Integral Pastoral Approach (AsIPA) was held under the theme of "'Do this in memory of me' (Lk 22,19) - Bread Broken and Word Shared in Small Christian Communities (SSCs) or Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs)" at the Regional Major Seminary, Davao, Philippines, from October 20 to 28, 2009.
There were about 225 delegates involved in SSCs/BECs from 18 countries such as the
In the homily of the Opening Mass at the San Pedro Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Davao, the Most Rev. Edward Joseph Adams, Apostolic Nuncio in the
In his congratulatory message, His Eminence Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said, "I wish that the communities of the Church in
Beginning with the Opening Mass, the participants focused on sharing experiences of SSCs/BECs of various Asian countries and meditating the meanings of the Word of God and the Eucharist presented in SSCs/BECs through varied programs: Bible Enthronement, national reports, group discussions, keynote address on 'SSCs/BECs as Eucharistic Communities' by the Most Rev. Chito Tagle, Bishop of Imus, exposure of the SSCs/BECs in the Archdiocese of Davao and in the diocese of Tagum, sharing of the Gospel, cultural night, and issuing the final statement.
The Subcommittee for Small Christian Communities under the Committee for Evangelization of the CBCK presented a report on the pastoral care of the Catholic Church in