On October 5 and 6, CCL’s Director of International Development, Erick Carrero, had the honor of speaking at the Fourth Panamerican Encounter for Natural Family Planning at the Bolivariana Pontifical University in Medellin, Colombia. Organized this year through the university’s Institute for Marriage and Family, this event is put on by a network of NFP organizations from several Latin American countries.
CCL was asked to address the conference participants on the importance CCL places on teaching as a couple and the unique opportunity this brings to share personal experiences in our NFP programs. Our way of teaching has made an impression on many in the country, including the secretary of the bishops’ conference, Monsignor Juan Vicente Córdoba.
CCL was invited to participate at the request of a priest in Colombia, who has had a relationship with CCL for nearly 30 years. Many years ago, CCL’s former director of teacher training, Bill Corey, traveled to Bogota and conducted a training seminar that resulted in CCL’s first teachers in Colombia.
A few weeks before the conference, a group of CCL teaching couples gathered for the first time in the city of Villavicencio, about 45 miles southeast of the Colombian capital city of Bogota. This national reunion came from the need to coordinate future efforts as part of a growing outreach that is taking place in this country. There are currently 7 certified teaching couples and 22 candidates on training. One of the high notes of this event was the participation of Villa Vicencio Archbishop Oscar Urbina who was pleased with CCL’s program and the work our Teaching Couples are currently doing.
Promotion, recruiting and teacher training were some of the topics discussed during this first historical gathering.
Our best wishes to Liga Pareja a Pareja – Colombia!