• 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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Friday, 27 September 2019 09:45

When I was in prison you visited me


Prison fence by markus spiske unsplash 450Prison ministry is a core part of the mission of the Divine Word Missionaries in the Central Australian district, and while this ministry can take many forms, it is essentially about simply being present to people in prison, human to human, bringing the love of Christ.

Province Mission Secretary Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD, was recently in Alice Springs when he was asked to officiate at a liturgy inside the local prison for a man who had recently died in his community 280km away, but whose family members in jail had not been able to attend his funeral.

“I was filling in at Santa Teresa and Alice Springs while the parish priests were away on other business,” Fr Truc says.

“I was asked to celebrate this liturgy which really spoke to me of the mercy of God.

“The deceased man had died in his local community and the funeral had taken place there, but some family members were in prison in Alice Springs and had not been able to attend the funeral.

“They wanted to have a farewell for the deceased. It was very important to them culturally to do this.”

Arrangements were made with the prison authorities to bring the man’s casket into the prison and a simple but beautiful liturgy was held.

“There were the prayers for the dead as well as songs which they were all familiar with and then some memories were spoken of the deceased person and the person was farewelled,” Fr Truc says.

“It was really beautiful actually and allowed us to care not only for the deceased, but also for those suffering over his death, many kilometres away, in jail.”

Fr Truc says his homily focused on hope and remaining positive even in difficult situations.

“Our SVD confreres in Alice Springs are very committed and faithful to prison ministry and this experience during my visit there showed me again how very important it is for us to be with people, no matter their situation,” he says.

“Jesus came to liberate sinners and set prisoners free, either spiritually or physically. Sometimes, just accompanying people in their situation and caring for their needs, can bring a liberation.”

IMAGE: By Marcus Spinke, Unsplash.