• 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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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 19:14

First meetng shows interest in Lay Mission Partners group for Melbourne


Lay Mission Partners Melbourne meeting 2020 500An initial meeting to gauge interest in forming an SVD Lay Mission Partners Group in Melbourne attracted enthusiastic support recently.

If it goes ahead, it would be the second Lay Mission Partners group in the AUS Province, with one already having been formed at Marsfield in Sydney.

Justin Laba Wejak, a former SVD seminarian and friend of the Divine Word Missionaries wrote a report on the meeting saying that those who attended the meeting, held at Dorish Maru College in Box Hill, were keen to explore the concept further.

“Brother Martin de Porres, who has been appointed Coordinator for the SVD Lay Mission Partners for the SVD AUS Province, explained the purpose the meeting and answered general questions from participants particularly concerning the purposes of forming the SVD Lay Mission Partners group,” Justin said.

“Even though ideas surrounding the formation of this group remain to be explored further, the attendees enthusiastically welcomed the initiative.

“It was suggested that a poster should be designed containing a brief explanation of the vision and mission of the SVD Lay Mission Partners for public announcement and recruitment of membership.”

Justin said the question of rationale for such a group was important as a lay group comprised of former SVDs and their families already exists in Melbourne, and that group has been proactive in the shared mission of humanity over a number of years.

Br Martin acknowledged the ongoing existence and activities of the Lay Melbourne group and encouraged the group to become the core group for the SVD Lay Mission Partners in Melbourne.

The participants at the meeting agreed to hold the next meeting at the Janssen Spirituality Centre in Boronia on Sunday, May 20.

“It is hoped that in the next meeting, the ideas surrounding SVD Lay Mission Partners will be discussed further to gain clarity, particularly in terms of vision, mission and programs that would help deepen a sense of SVD spirituality, individually and collectively,” Justin said.

The SVD AUS Province, has, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, been exploring the formalising of Lay Mission Partner groups in the Province for some years now.

Members of the Sydney Lay Mission Partners group recently attended a gathering of SVD Lay Mission Partners from across the Asia-Pacific region.