The Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference [FABC] established the Asian Liturgy Forum [ALF] in 1996 in order to provide a forum for Catholics in Asia to discuss liturgical matters pertaining to each country. It is hoped that through the ALF, the gift of cultural-pastoral diversity would enrich each country through the scholarly studies and sharings.
The late Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB, who initiated the ALF had been serving as its Secretary General since then. The participating countries of the Asian Liturgy Forum are: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and China. Observers and other media practitioners are also welcomed in the conferences.
Each year, every other country takes turn in hosting the meeting. This year’s 19th Asian Liturgy Forum [ALF] would be held in Manila, Philippines, 26-30 October 2015 at the Blessed Buenaventura Garcia Paredes OP Building, University of Santo Tomas Campus.
The theme for the 2015 ALF is ‘Liturgy and the Family’ – Msgr. Florencio Salvador, SLD – a liturgy scholar from the Philippines would give the conference paper, followed by reports from participating countries and regions in Asia. The forum is conducted in English.