Taking time out of their daily routine, BCBP members who are single (unmarried, widows, widowers) from Southern Metro Manila gathered in a two day retreat last June 18 and 19 at the Carmelite Missionaries Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay. A total of 48 singles from BCBP SMMR took part in the retreat. Thirty two were single ladies while sixteen were single men.
BCBP singles underwent various sessions involving mediation and discernment on the blessedness of being single, focusing on the theme Matthew 14:27 that says “Take heart, it is I; Have no fear.” Retreat masters for the event were Francis Iturralde for the men, and Menchie Rojas for the ladies.
Bro. Francis is deemed an old guard of BCBP having been among the original breakfasters during the infancy of BCBP. He was also one of those that conceptualized what is now the logo of BCBP, according to Jun Ginete. Menchie Rojas has been regularly conducting talks and discussions with single ladies in BCBP.
The retreat was facilitated by Makati BCBP through Formation Director Jun and Beth Ginete. Jun Ginete said the singles’ retreat was the first region-wide, in a long time. It was an opportunity to focus on and address the spiritual concerns of those who have chosen, or have become single in their journey with Jesus Christ.
Not a few of single attendees however, like Jox Uy, said that the topics discussed in the sessions were also applicable and relevant to couples. One of the sessions tackled the challenging topic on how to identify and deal with our own fears, depicting these fears as “giants” in our lives that have to be slayed. In confronting these fears, members were exhorted to continue to pray and seek the Lord for the grace and wisdom to confront and overcome these “giants”.