"I want to thank you for the contribution so many Filipino people to our parish communities and in the care of the sick and the elderly."
Some 15,000 people from about 90 countries, and at least 1 million Filipinos, are expected to participate in the event from 24-31 January.
Ahead of IEC2016, Bishop Kevin Doran pays tribute to Filipino faithful “who are not afraid to acknowledge themselves as Christian".
The pastoral care of marriage and the family will be the key focus of the national congress this weekend.
September Congress will be an opportunity to reflect on the fruits of IEC2012 and a preparation for the International Congress in Philippines in 2016.
St Brigid's Clinic will provide medical services to the Badjao people in Cebu.