• 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
    圣福若瑟神父

  • 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
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • 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, 22 May 2014 18:13

Partners in Mission - supporting mission in prayer and practice

 

Partners-in-Mission2---350A broad-based group of religious and lay people has joined forces to form ‘Partners in Mission’, aimed at working together to support mission in both prayerful and practical ways.

A working party of interested partners met recently at the Divine Word Missionaries offices in Sydney, to formulate a mission statement for the group and plan a way forward.

SVD Mission Secretary, Fr Truc Quoc Phan (pictured above, far right), says the group, which will operate under the SVD umbrella, believes that partnerships can help make a real difference to Mission in the region.

“We are basically asking, ‘how can we assist’?” he says. “How can we provide support?

“And we all agree that prayer is so important in this. As a group, we believe that we should pray so that God gives us the gifts we need to make a difference to Mission.”

Fr Truc says the purpose of establishing Partners in Mission was to create an empathetic environment for both lay and religious missionaries to come together to discuss their missionary experiences; and to discuss the ongoing physical and spiritual needs of fellow missionaries working around the world and how best the group could contribute to their needs.

The latest meeting of Partners in Mission, facilitated by Sr Geraldine Kearney sgs, included prayer and a reflection on ‘Mission as Prophecy’.

The group agreed on a Mission Statement which reads: “We are Faith-centred, mission-focused partners committed to offering spiritual and practical support to communities in need within the Asia Pacific Region.”

“As partners in mission we strive to make a life-giving difference through inclusive dialogue and respectful collaboration,” the accompanying Vision Statement says.

Some of the opportunities identified by Partners in Mission include setting up prayer support groups in Australia; twinning parishes or communities with those in Mission outreach areas; and building support for up-skilling and formation.

The group also hopes to form links with returned missionaries, to engage university students and other young people and to become involved with pastoral and cultural outreach.

The Partners in Mission prayer is:

Gracious God, in your infinite love, you have called us to be part of your Mission.
May we follow the example of Jesus your Son and strive always to be instruments of compassion and messengers of peace.
Send your Holy Spirit to inflame our hearts with ever growing zeal for your Mission.
We ask this in faith.
Amen.