Jesuit theologian Fr. Catalino Arevalo received an Award of Recognition at the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on August 16, 2009 at Pius XII Center, Manila.
Fr. James Kroeger, mm paid tribute to the priest’s role in building up the theological thinking of the FABC. In his response, Fr. Arevalo remembered being assigned secretary at the first meeting of Asian bishops in Manila 1970 in the presence of Pope Paul VI.
The bishops then envisioned building the body of Christ in Asia by bringing together the local churches in one, collegial organization. Fr. Arevalo especially mentioned the late Cardinal Stephen Kim from Korea as one of those who actively worked to establish the Federation.
Archbishop Quevedo, FABC secretary general said, “all the great men of the FABC” including Cardinal Kim will be honored in the next Plenary Assembly in 2012. 160809