A Vision Realized
There was no fanfare in the summer air of sunny Spain when on a clear and warm Wednesday morning of 7 August 2013 a historic event softly and modestly unfolded. Ten enthusiastic and committed young men from France, Germany, Italy and Spain gathered together in a spacious hall of the Madrid residence of the Most Rev´d Jose Elmer Belmonte, Bishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC) in Europe to inaugurate a milestone: the humble and gentle birth of The CEC School of Theology in Europe.
For almost a month (from 7 to 30 August 2013), these ten pioneering seminarians underwent a rigorous on-campus academic schooling in seven (7) seminary courses as follows: (1) A Survey of The History and Development of the Convergence Movement and the Charismatic Episcopal Church; (2) A Survey of the History of the Christian Church; (3) An Introduction to Philosophy; (4) An Introduction to Christian Theology; (5) Church Canons; (6) Moral Theology; and (7) Evangelism and Mission.
On 30 August 2013—a Friday—the newly inaugurated CEC School of Theology in Europe has wrapped up its successful month-long summer on-campus basic theological offerings. The seminary has not only been blessed with bright and intelligent students but with highly capable and competent mentors in the persons of the Bishop himself, the Most Rev´d Bishop Jose Elmer Belmonte; the Rev´d Fr. Donne Bautista of Paris, France; the Rev´d Fr. Ebenezer Paz of Brazil and Sweden; and the philosopher-theologian Prof. Ruel F. Pepa of Madrid, Spain. All glory goes to the Almighty God who by the wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit has made possible the realization of a long persistent vision.