National Laity Week launch inspired by PHL’s next saint

CEBU City―Blessed Pedro Calungsod’s life and example colored the launch of National Laity Week yesterday as lay leaders listened on how ordinary people should answer the call for new evangelization.

According to Laiko National President Atty. Aurora Santiago, Calungsod, together with San Lorenzo Ruiz, gives Filipinos a moving example of what it means to serve as a lay person.

“Whatever God has asked him to do, he will obey,” Atty. Santiago said in an interview.

Some 200 lay leaders, mostly from the Archdiocese of Cebu and the Visayas, learned how Calungsod’s example can be lived out today through Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, P.C.’s talk on “Blessed Pedro Calungsod and the New Evangelization”.

Msgr. Villarojo is the Team Moderator of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish and Over-all Chairman of the Cebu Celebration of the Canonization of Pedro Calungsod.

A response from the laity was channeled through Dr. Amelita Dayrit-Go, Laiko vice-president for Luzon who gave a reaction to the talk.

On the local level, Fe Barino, Archdiocesan Council of the Laity Committee on Education chairman, also gave a response.

Bishop Jesse Mercado was also present to give the keynote address on the theme “Building up the Body of Christ and Strengthening Our Faith through New Evangelization.”

The event was held at the Mariners Court in Cebu City. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]