Lay woman seeks life of dialogue and peace

ZAMBOANGA CITY—A lay woman has made a vow to live a life of peace and dialogue in conflict-ridden Mindanao.

Jackelyn L. Timoteo made her commitment as she joined the Emmaus Dialogue community (EDC), a group of consecrated lay persons who live the spirituality of dialogue and vow themselves to poverty, dialogue, obedience, zeal, compassion, chastity and peace.

Timoteo made her commitment on Jan. 2 in the presence of family and friends at the Holy Family Church.

Other members of the community, namely, Aminda E. Saño, Carmen G. Grajo, Hermelina R. Buscas and Annielor D. Salvador, also made a renewal of Lifetime Commitment as members of EDC during the event.

Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, founder of Emmaus Dialogue Community and the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, presided at the ceremony and the celebration of the Eucharist, together with Fr. Guilio Mariani, PIME, director of Euntes Asian Center.

Founded on Feb. 8, 1987, the EDC embraces the vision of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement to promote deeper understanding and better relations among Muslims, Christians and peoples of different faiths that they may live in respect, trust and love for one another.

The community was later approved as a “lay association,” according to Canons 321 and 326 of the Revised Code of Canon Law.

The diocesan recognition was given by then Archbishop of Zamboanga, Most Rev. Carmelo D.F. Morelos, DD.

As consecrated laypersons, the members of EDC remain single and witness to a life of chastity, the call to holiness as affirmed by Vatican II.

But the EDC also welcomes married Catholics and single men and women who wish to live the spirituality of Life-in-Dialogue while continuing to live with their families. They are associated with the Emmaus Community as members of the Emmaus Circle. CBCPNews

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