• 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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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 17:56

Province explores possibility of a lay associates' group

Lay-Associates-working-group---350The SVD AUS Province is blessed to have the friendship and support of many lay people throughout Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, and now moves are underway to explore the possibility of starting an SVD Lay Associates’ Group.

A feasibility study into the formation of a Lay Associates’ Group kicked off this week, with the first meeting of the working party (pictured right).

AUS Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, says the feasibility study addresses a resolution made in the last Provincial Chapter.

“And our hope is that the working party group will put together a report on what’s possible in this regard and come back to the next Provincial Chapter meeting with a recommendation.”

Fr Henry says one of the things the group will do is look at what SVDs are doing around the world in regard to lay associates.

“Then we will look at the documents from the last General Chapter in Rome and see what they are saying,” he says.

“And of course, we will look at the local context and see what other religious communities are doing in Australia and the region, whether it be with lay associates, oblates, third orders etc.”

Fr Henry says that while it is only early days in investigating the possibility of forming a Lay Associate’s Group, it is something that the Province really wants to explore.

“We have such wonderful support from our lay friends and partners in mission, that it makes sense to at least explore the idea of offering a more formal association where lay people might come to know more closely the SVD spirituality and share in the life of the Province.”

Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD, who is a member of the working party and attended the first meeting this week, says the group is looking forward to beginning its work.

“We are eager to get the project underway and see where the Spirit leads,” he says.