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After 50 Years, Catholic Group Changes Name to a ‘More Inclusive’ Label

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines will now be addressed as Conference of Major Superiors in the Philippines.

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) has announced that they are changing their name to a “more inclusive denomination.” The decision comes 50 years after the association was founded.

In the recent biennial joint online convention on April 28 to 30, the AMRSP made the decision to rename the association into the “Conference of Major Superiors in the Philippines (CMSP).” (Read: Vatican Launches Sign Language Channel for the Non-Hearing)

Franciscan Fr. Cielito Almazan, co-chairperson of the AMRSP, said that the change in name is intended “to reflect the more inclusive nature of the Body.”

Toward Inclusivity

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(Left) Franciscan Fr. Cielito Almazan Fr. Elias Ayuban (Right) Fr. Elias Ayuban (Photos from AMRSP and Word Con PH YouTube)

Discussions about changing the name of the association began as early as February 2020. According to Fr. Almazan, the matter was also brought up in their first virtual general assembly last September.

Following months of consultation, the proposal was adopted with the help of Fr. Elias Ayuban— a canon lawyer and the Provincial Superior of the Claretian Missionaries of the Philippine Province. He also worked for many years at the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life until 2019.

“He walked us through the rationale, the process, and the implications of this change of name,” said Fr. Almazan. (Read: Meet the My Pope Philippines Outstanding Parish Priests of 2021)

Association of Major Religious Superiors in the PH

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Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) commemorated 50 years since the historic first joint general assembly of the two associations that make up AMRSP. (Photo from AMRSP – Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines Facebook)

The AMRSP was founded in December 1970 as a joint forum of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of Men in the Philippines (formed in 1955), and the Association of Major Religious Superiors of Women in the Philippines (founded in 1957).

For five decades, the association has been serving as a common voice for religious men and women in the Philippines and as an advocate for their individual charisms.

As of writing, the AMRSP has around 292 women congregations and 99 men congregations across the Philippines. (Read: Faith Group Applauds DOE, Calls for Just Transition to Renewable Energy)

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