• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 20:02

“I feel happy and fulfilled in following God’s call”

Editorial pic Francois dAssise SVD 350Growing up in Madagascar in a community that could only celebrate Mass once every three months because of a shortage of priests, Andrianihantana Francois d’Assise felt the initial stirrings of a call to the priesthood.

It wasn’t until high school, when he joined a school holiday missionary activity conducted by a Divine Word Missionary (SVD) priest that he began to consider the idea of becoming a missionary priest.

Today, Francois is working towards making that vocational call a reality, having travelled across the world to take up formation for the Divine Word Missionaries at Dorish Maru College in Melbourne.

Francois is the sixth of eight siblings and says he comes from a very devoted Catholic family, “especially my mother who made sure that all the children went to Church”.

“My family helped me to know God,” he says.

“And then, when the parish priest would come to our community to celebrate Mass, I observed the way he interacted with people and I was attracted to his goodness.”

Francois says two decisive experiences led him to the SVD – a serious car accident and an almost-fatal incident where he accidentally drank poison.

“It was prayer that saved me,” he says. “It is because of God’s love that I am still alive.”

Francois joined the SVD in 2010, beginning with one year of pastoral training and from 2011-2016 he studied philosophy before being sent to Ghana to complete the novitiate program.

He arrived in Australia to study Theology in July 2016 and says he is enjoying his time in formation here.

“Formation is a time for me to deepen my knowledge, my wisdom, my relationship with God, and with other people around me,” he says. “I see myself as someone who has the heart to love, to serve and to understand people in their difficulties and various circumstances.”

Francois says he sees the SVD’s multicultural charism as “a coming together of men from various countries, living in harmony in the midst of diversity”.

“I feel happy and fulfilled in following God’s call,” he says.