• 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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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 11:16

Intercultural focus crucial for future of religious life


Tim Norton CRA interculturality video 450The Divine Word Missionaries, together with members of other culturally diverse religious congregations, are sharing their experiences of interculturality as part of a Catholic Religious Australia initiative to support congregations in preparing for the future.

The Interculturality: Leadership, Community Life and Ministry initiative is part of CRA’s Emerging Futures program.

It aims to engage in an inter-congregational space to develop possibilities that explore and educate about interculturality; develop, support and enhance relationships between different cultures; focus on leadership formation for younger members; and produce resource material to support and promote interculturality.

Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, says the Divine Word Missionaries are one of the most multicultural religious organisations in the world, being present in 80 countries and with members from every continent.

“Multiculturality is in the DNA of SVDs,” Fr Henry says. “So we have the lived experience now over many decades, not only of living in an intercultural setting, but also of ministering and working in different cultures.

“In addition, our members have done much academic and pastoral reflection on the issue of interculturality.

“And so, we are very happy to share our experience with this CRA working group and to learn from the other congregations present as well, as to how they are living the intercultural experience that is now so much a part of religious life and will become even more so as we move into the future.”

The initiative is focusing on the two key areas of Intercultural Leadership, and Community and Ministry Life, and the group will produce a range of resources to help religious congregations consider some of the issues involved in these areas.

One of those resources is a short video clip featuring Fr Tim Norton SVD, whose current ministry in Italy involves running renewal programs for missionaries from all over the world, with a focus on interculturality.

In the video Fr Tim says that coming to grips with interculturality is crucial to the survival of religious life.

“For religious congregations, if we don’t take up this idea of interculturality we shall all die,” he says.

“There’s so much to learn, there’s a wealth within it and it can be very tough and difficult, even in things like how do we pray, what do we eat, how do we work together, how to we minister with certain groups of people? All of those questions would be important questions.”

Along with Fr Henry, the CRA Interculturality Committee includes Sr Gaye Lennon RSM, Sr Jenny Gerathy OP, Sr Meg Kahler SGS, Sr Melissa Dwyer FDCC, and Fr Peter Jones OSA.

They are assisted by a resource group including Fr Tim Norton SVD, Fr Frank Hoare SSC, Sr Geraldine Kearney SGS and Sr Helen Owens RSM.

IMAGE: Fr Tim Norton SVD speaking about interculturality on one of the resource videos prepared by Catholic Religious Australia.