• 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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Thursday, 29 October 2020 12:13

Giving thanks to God for lives dedicated to mission

 

Jubilarians 2020 550A special celebration was held this month to give thanks to God for the Divine Word Missionaries of the AUS Province who are marking their jubilees of religious vows or priestly ordination.

Ten SVD confreres are celebrating significant jubilees this year, with Fr Ennio Mantovani SVD marking the wonderful milestone of 70 years in vows.

Other jubilarians are Fr Wim Valckx (65 years in vows and 60 years ordained), Fr Larry Nemer (60 years ordained), Fr Jim Knight (60 years in vows), Fr Stephan Gerdes (25 years ordained), Fr Urbanus Usen Bunga Lolon (25 years ordained), Fr Asaeli Rass (25 years in vows), Fr John Quang Phan (25 years in vows), Fr Ho Bach Tran (25 years in vows) and Fr Thuy Xuan Pham (25 years in vows).

Provincial, Fr Asaeli Rass, was chief celebrant at the Eucharist held at Marsfield on Friday, October 23. He preached on the Gospel reading, the Prologue to the Gospel of St John.

Sharing his own experience of working with the Arrernte people of Central Australia, Fr Rass said he came to realise that they had known of the Logos, or the Divine Word, long before the first Lutheran missionaries arrived.

“They have their own way of describing the dynamic of the Logos, the Divine Word, as if it was already known to them before the first Lutheran missionaries arrived,” he said.

“In order to do our mission, our work, together with the local people, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is always our duty as Divine Word Missionaries to discover the truth of John’s Prologue which exists among the people.”

He said that all the jubilarians had discovered this through the people they worked with in Papua New Guinea, America, Europe and other places.

Fr Ennio on 70th jubilee 550Fr Rass said the Mass of Thanksgiving for the jubilarians was an opportunity “to thank God for these men saying ‘yes’, for giving their life to God in professing to be part of the SVD community”.

During the celebration the jubilarians renewed their vows and recommitted themselves to the mission.

Looking back on his 70 years in vows and 60 years as a missionary priest, Fr Ennio said he cannot separate his life in vows from his priesthood.

“As a missionary in PNG it was my ministry that determined my life and it was there that I experienced the changes,” he said.

“I became part of a community called by God in baptism, empowered by the Spirit in confirmation and nourished by the Eucharist to carry out Christ’s mission.”

Fr Ennio said that as a pastor he was guided by the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity.

“The vows took second place: chastity was demanded by my priesthood as well, while obedience and poverty were seen in the light of my ministry, both as pioneer missionary and as a member of the Melanesian Institute (in PNG),” he said.

After the Mass, there was a meal and a cake to celebrate the jubilees.

PHOTOS

TOP RIGHT: Fr Thuy Xuan Pham, Fr Wim Valckx, Fr Larry Nemer, Fr Stephan Gerdes and Fr Asaeli Rass during the jubilee celebrations at Marsfield. 

BOTTOM LEFT: Fr Ennio Mantovani celebrated his 70th jubilee with a special Mass at the Janssen Centre in Boronia, Victoria.