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ZAMBOANGA City, Feb. 23, 2012—A community of lay consecrated women known as the Emmaus Dialogue Community (EDC) has celebrated its 25th years of foundation last February 8.
Founded in 1987 as a Catholic lay private association of women, the members dedicate their lives for the mission of dialogue and peace between Christians and Muslims.
The community was officially given recognition as a lay association by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga in 1996.
As it expressed gratitude for its 25th anniversary celebration, the community also conveyed its appreciation to the prelates of Zamboanga—the late Archbishop Francisco Cruses, Archbishop Carmelo DF Morelos and Archbishop Romulo Valles—who had encouraged and supported the EDC’s vocation and mission.
The EDC has the Beatitudes as their Rule of life, taking inspiration from the Biblical story of the two disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
Sharing the EDC’s charism and mission is another group of single and married lay men and women called Emmaus Circle.
This group of lay people live with their respective families but commit themselves to follow the spirit and mission of the Emmaus Dialogue Community.
As part of the Emmaus family, the Emmaus Dialogue Community and Emmaus Circle witness through their life the providential presence of God.
As committed lay people they witness to a life lived with love and compassion, and to the love of God and the love of neighbour guided by the beatitudes of Jesus. (CBCPNews)