• 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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Thursday, 30 January 2020 10:13

SVD saints inspire us to follow God's call in our life


Saints feast day celebration RassJanuary is an important month on the Divine Word Missionaries’ calendar, with not one, but two feast days of SVD saints to celebrate.

This year, both St Arnold Janssen (feast day, January 15) and St Joseph Freinademetz (January 29) were remembered with a joint celebration at the St Arnold Janssen Chapel in Marsfield on January 19. Celebrations have also been held in the various different parts of the Province, around Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Myanmar.

St Arnold Janssen was the founder of the Divine Word Missionaries, as well as two orders of Religious Women, the Servant Sisters of the Holy Spirit and the Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration.

With the support of a number of bishops, Arnold inaugurated the mission house on September 8, 1875 in Steyl, Holland, and thus began the Divine Word Missionaries. On March 2, 1879 the first two missionaries set out for China. One of these was Joseph Freinademetz. 

St Joseph Freinademetz was one of the first two members of the fledgling Divine Word Missionaries to be sent out on mission. St Joseph stayed for many years in China, during turbulent political and cultural times, and he faced many challenges, but he came to know and love the Chinese people and was loved by them in return.

Saints feas day celebrations 2020 Mass 320Today, the members of the Society of the Divine Word, the Missionary Sisters and the Perpetual Adoration Sisters number about 10,000 and are present in 80 countries around the world. The Divine Word Missionaries are the largest international missionary congregation in the Catholic Church.

The SVD community in Sydney gathered on January 19 to celebrate the Society’s two proclaimed saints, with Mass, followed by morning tea.

Those present included SVD confreres, Lay Partners, and members of the Arnold Janssen Chapel community.

Provincial, Fr Asaeli Rass SVD was chief celebrant and the Mass was concelebrated by seven confreres.

Saints day celebrations 2020 morning teaPresident of the SVD Lay Partners, Mervyn Rodrigues says Fr Rass gave a stirring homily on “answering the call”, recalling how St Arnold and St Joseph answered their calls and we too are invited to answer God’s call for us.

“It was a very spirit-filled celebration,” Mervyn says. “A lot of people were introduced to our founders and their faith, zeal, passion and mission. It was a wonderful time of sharing.”

Mervyn says that in the lead-up to the joint celebration, novena prayers for the intercession of St Arnold were prayed and following the celebration, a novena of prayers to St Joseph. The novena prayers were prayed in the Arnold Janssen Chapel 15 minutes before Mass every day.

The celebrations will culminate on February 1, with a movie on St Joseph Freinademetz’ life and mission in China to be screened in the hall under the chapel from 3-5pm, followed by a high tea provided by the SVD lay partners.