• 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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Monday, 29 June 2015 10:28

Provincial Chapter confirms focus on mission priorities and community life

Chapter-2015---Henry-speaking---350The 2015 Provincial Chapter affirmed and confirmed the Province’s commitment to its current mission priorities, as well as a desire to strengthen and further enrich SVD community life.

AUS Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, says the Chapter also highlighted a growing sensitivity and commitment towards living interculturally, both within the Society and in its outward mission.

“The Chapter recognised that we already live interculturally, but that we want to get better at it,” Fr Henry says.

“A desire also emerged for us to be more inclusive in our ministries, even though external factors don’t always make this easy.”

Chapter-2015---Jim-Knight-and-Raja---350The Chapter confirmed the Province’s commitment to the Biblical Apostolate, Mission Animation, and Justice and Peace initiatives. It reaffirmed that priority be given to indigenous Australians, the mission in Thailand, the urban poor and multicultural communities in Australia and New Zealand and faith seekers and people of other faiths and cultures.

“As far as Thailand is concerned, we confirmed that as a Province, we are looking beyond our present ministries there, to grow in mission, according to need.”

Fr Henry says that while confirming the existing ‘Ad Extra’ priorities for mission outreach, the Chapter also expressed a desire to focus more on the ‘Ad Intra’ aspects of community and spiritual life.

Chapter-2015---group-shot---350“It was a recognition, I think, that we are all in this together, and so we need to work together to build up our communities and to engage with our SVD spirituality and also with practical matters, such as finances,” he says.

“There was a very good spirit of collaboration at the Chapter meeting, which, I believe, was a sign of the presence of the Spirit in the Chapter.

“We worked hard, with the expert help of our wonderful facilitator, Patricia Bergin, and at the end, I think there was a real sense of excitement and reinvigoration for the mission in the coming years.”