CFC Thailand 30th anniversary celebration to be held at the Shrine of the Seven Martyrs in Songkhon, Mukdahan Province, Thailand from 26 to 27 October 2019
About the venue
How to get there from Bangkok
One of the largest and most beautiful Catholic churches in Southeast Asia, Wat Song Khon is located beside the Mekong River 25 km. from Mukdahan town. It was built to honour seven Catholics who sacrificed their lives to protect their religion, and contains wax figures of the martyrs along with their ashes. In 1996, the place was awarded for its outstanding architecture by the Association of Siamese Architects Under the Royal Patronage. Read more about the Seven Martyrs of Thailand
About the anniversary
The 30th anniversary of CFC Thailand is a celebration of the Light of Christ shining in the hearts of Thai people and bringing renewal in the family and community life for 30 years since the establishment of CFC Thailand in 1989. It recalls the dedication of the CFC founders both expats and Thai in abiding with the call of God to be renewed in faith and share this renewal with others. It features the transformative work of the Holy Spirit turning ordinary faithful into empowered evangelizers. The anniversary brings together hundreds of CFC Thai members from the Dioceses of Tharae Nongsaeng, Ubon Rachathani, Surat Thani, Chiangmai, Chiangrai and the Archdiocese of Bangkok. It invites Thai bishops and priests in areas where CFC communities are active.
Saturday, 26 October
Evening fellowship and celebration
19:00 – 21:00 Presentations and games
Sunday, 27 October
His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop Philip Banchong Chaiyara of the Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani will celebrate the opening mass on Saturday, 26 October 2019. The Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani has over 500 CFC Thai members.
His Excellency Most Reverend Archbishop Louis Chamnien Santisuknirand of
Archdiocese of Tharae-Nongsaeng will celebrate the concluding mass on Sunday, 27 October 2019. The Diocese of Tharae-Nongsaeng hosts the largest number of CFC Thai members. Over 1,500 Thai Catholics in Tharae completed the CFC Christian Life Programme.
Lito Tayag is a member of the Couples for Christ Board of Elders based in Manila, the Philippines. He had visited CFC Thailand several times in the past as a former Country Coordinator for CFC Thailand.
Raffy Ballesteros is the current Country Coordinator for CFC Thailand. Based in Manila, he visits regularly the CFC communities in Bangkok and provinces, including Ubon Ratchathani and Tharae Nongsaeng.
How to participate?
Members from Bangkok interested in attending should inform their respective chapter leaders on or before Sunday, 13 October. CFC Bangkok will support the cost of transportation. Details on this can be obtained from the chapter leaders. Accommodation and meals during the event will be provided at the venue at minimal costs.
For those travelling by land should leave Bangkok on Friday early morning to arrive at the venue on Friday evening. Departure at Songkhon will be after lunch on Sunday, expected arrival in Bangkok on Sunday midnight.
For those travelling by air should arrange their own transport from airport in Nakhon Phanom to Songkhon and return. More advice on this matter will be provided later.