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Fostering Mission Awareness

Through the Mission Office, the SVD Australian Province fosters mission awareness in a variety of ways. These include the annual celebration of Mission Day at Dorish Maru College in Melbourne. The day consists of a public lecture, followed by a Eucharistic celebration and then a multicultural meal with members of the local church community and guests. The day attracts hundreds of participants every year. SVD parishes also celebrate Mission Day by promoting a focus on mission-mindedness, as well as fostering a local sense of mission in their ministry, by encouraging parish communities to reach out to those in need in the local community in various ways. The Mission Office regularly invites SVD missionaries from around the world to visit Australia and give teaching or speaking tours with the aim of Mission Formation. It also supports the lay missionary organisation PALMS and is active in promoting missionary vocations.