• 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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Friday, 23 May 2014 10:56

Province leaders gather to focus on shared priorities

 

Leadership-Workshop---Group---350Leaders from each of the SVD communities within the Australian Province, together with the Provincial Council, gathered in Sydney this week for a Leadership Workshop designed to identify how to put into practice the congregation’s priorities for the next six years.

At its General Chapter meeting in 2012, the SVD AUS Province identified five key priorities or congregational directions for its mission activity. These were Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue; Primary and New Evangelisation; Indigenous and Ethnic Communities; Migration; and Social Justice and Poverty Eradication.

The Leadership Workshop, which was facilitated by Fr Michael Mullins SM, invited all the provincial and community leaders to consider how they could move forward in implementing these priorities in their own local situation.

Fr Michael said the Workshop was an opportunity for the confreres to take time out to reflect together.

“This reflection helps people to do some thinking in a collegial way,” he said.

Leadership-Workshop---Henry-and-Joseph-Vu---350One of the suggestions he raised was for the community and provincial leaders to “create a script” for their activity. He proposed six questions to help formulate that script. They were: What do you want to do? What steps are you going to propose to do it? Who’ll do it? What resources do you have? How long do you expect to take? Who should know what in terms of information sharing?

Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, told the meeting that the entire Province needed to get used to “owning” their Province priorities.

“As leaders, we will get to own them more and more as work through them,” he said.

“So, in your communities you might still have your own local priorities, but we need to be aware that these are the Province Priorities and we are all working towards them together.”

Leadership-Workshop---Boni-Nick-Michael-Hardie---350Fr Michael said that to achieve this, information sharing and collaboration were crucial.

“Do you want to live and act in silos, or act collaboratively?” he asked.

Responding to that point, Fr Albano Da Costa SVD who works in parish ministry in Wellington, New Zealand, acknowledged that even though local situations varied greatly in the AUS Province, there was much to be gained from working together.

“It’s all about sharing ideas from District to District and supporting one another,” he said.

On the second day of the Workshop, Fr Henry addressed the leaders present on practical matters relating to the Province, especially Professional Standards and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Leadership-Workshop---Jim-Knight-and-Raass“We spent some time addressing the very important issue of Professional Standards in the Church and the Province, both today and into the future,” Fr Henry said.

Speaking after the Workshop, a number of the confreres said the time spent together had helped to provide direction and had highlighted areas where the Province could be working more effectively towards its priorities.

An action plan will now be formulated to chart a practical path forward in addressing the Province priorities.