Hermes Bajao Sabud
Father Hermes Bajao Sabud S.M. is a missionary priest of the Society of Mary, Marist Fathers. He is a visiting professor at Saint Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute in Davao City, Philippines, teaching Theology of Religions and Religious Pluralism and Dialogue, and Mission Spirituality. He completed his postgraduate studies in Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines. He holds a Master of Arts in theology with a major in missiology from the Divine Word Seminary; and a licentiate in theology with a major in missiology from the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies.
Currently, he is the Sub-regional Coordinator of the Silsilah Forum – Southern Mindanao, of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement. In addition, he is the priest-in-charge of the Matti District Catholic Centre, Diocese of Digos, Matti, Digos City, Philippines. When he is inspired, he composes and sings dialogical, missionary and religious songs. He believes in the adage that “music is the language of the soul.” His motto is “Life in dialogue is possible and it is happening.”
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Muslim Religious Educators (MRE) Confluence for Dialogue
The Muslim and Christian religious educators in the State Elementary Schools do not normally relate to one another with a friendly Atmosphere in Digos City. The Muslim educators known as Asatidz are under the auspices of the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE). The Catholic religious educators also known as Catechists are under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Digos. Each of them do their own task and do not have anything to with other religious groups. This is the reason why it is necessary to create a space for the interreligious educators to experience being with others in different faith traditions. The two-day seminar workshop will be a good venue to establish friendships, respect and trust. Hopefully, when they go back to their respective schools they could create a friendly and mutual respectful relationship. They will become a concrete and good witnesses to their students.