• 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, 27 November 2019 11:45

Fijian community strengthens Fr Raass for the job ahead


Raass at Mass Rite of Strengthening 450Fr Asaeli Raass SVD, who will succeed Fr Henry Adler SVD as Provincial of the AUS Province in January, has been fortified for the job ahead after taking part in a strengthening ceremony performed by his family and other members of the Fijian community.

Fr Raass, says members of his family travelled to Sydney from Fiji for the first time to prepare him for his leadership role.

“It’s called a Rite of Strenghtening,” he says. “It’s a six part ritual in one ceremony, and it is traditionally something that is done before taking on the leadership role, not after.”

The day started with a Mass of Thanksgiving in the St Arnold Janssen Chapel at Marsfield, attended by family, friends, and members of the Fijian community, as well as SVD confreres.

Raass in traditional dress Rite of Strengthening 200Then, the congregation moved downstairs to the hall for the Rite of Strengthening, where those taking part, including Fr Raass, were attired in traditional Fijian dress, for the six-part ritual.

Fr Raass says he was touched by his family and Fijian community members travelling to Sydney to bless and strengthen him in this way before he takes on his new responsibilities.

“I really felt honoured by it,” he says. “It meant a lot to me.”

Following the ceremony, there was a shared traditional Fijian lovo meal.

Raass Rite of Strengthening 450Fr Raass was also able to take some time out to show his family around Sydney as well as Alice Springs, where he has been parish priest for the last several years.

Fr Raass will take up his new duties on January 1, 2020.