SOLIDARITY MESSAGE On The 111th Anniversary Of The Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI)

A famous Latin American Archbishop once said “We are workers, not masterbuilders, ministers not messiahs.  We are prophets of a future that is not our own.”  This quotation aptly describes the IFI.

One hundred eleven years and still going strong.  Perhaps, one reason is the IFI’s openness to renewal – to learn from past mistakes in order to be footed squarely on her beginnings- and to be a renewing church.  Perhaps another reason is her persistent self-understanding as a household of faith with a particular gift to the one universal church.  Perhaps yet another reason is the hope found in the people and of how this hope has become more alive through the years.  Workers, renewed or renewing church, perseverance or persistence and hope are words that describe the faith of the IFI in God and her pilgrimage as a worshipping community.

May the IFI hold fast to her vocation as God’s gift to this Republic and of a world so badly in need of respite from civil strife and injustices.  May the IFI be a leaven towards the abundant life Jesus promised to all who believe in him.

From the NCCP, accept our affirmation of our thanks for the unfailing witness of the IFI to the ecumenical movement and her service to the people.

Rev. Rex R.B Reyes, Jr.
General Secretary

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