• 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

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 17:31

Lay Partners join in international Zoom gathering


Lay Partners zoom 550The SVD Lay Partners group at Marsfield recently took part in an international meeting of Lay Partners via Zoom, where they continued to deepen their formation and grow in understanding of their mission in the Arnoldus Family.

AUS Province Mission Secretary, Fr Viet Nguyen SVD says the meeting, hosted by the SVD Generalate in Rome included Lay Partners from SVD provinces in Asia and the Pacific.

Countries taking part were India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, East Timor, South Korea, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The meeting was moderated by Fr Raymond Festin SVD – General Councillor in Rome. Presentations included ‘St Arnold Janssen, Lay Partners and Challenges Today’ by Fr Jurgen Ommerborn SVD from the Netherlands; ‘Formation of Lay Partners’ by Mission Secretary in Rome Fr Stanislaus Lazar SVD; as well as presentations on the formation program of the lay groups in the Philippines and Indonesian provinces, by Fabian Pagaduan and Susan Noronha. There was also opportunity for sharing among the participants.

“It was my first meeting with the SVD Lay Partners of the ASPAC zone,” says Fr Viet. “It was great, a very fruitful meeting.

“Fr Jurgen Ommerborn’s presentation on ‘St Arnold Janssen, Lay Partners and Challenges Today’ provided the SVD Lay Partners, especially those of the AUS Province, with deep insights, and so helped them to seriously reflect on how to devotedly carry out God’s mission in today’s world in the post-COVID time.

“The presentation on ‘Formation of Lay Partners’ by Fr Stanislaus Lazar assists the Lay Partners to set the vision and action plan for future implementation.”

Lay Partners international zoom screenshot 550Teresa Tiu, who was one of the Lay Partners from the AUS Province taking part, says she found the meeting both informative and inspirational.

“Having given an insight into the early SVD Lay friends/benefactors, way back before the Steyl mission house was inaugurated (in1875), I realised that we, the present SVD Lay Mission Partners, are not different from them. All along, we have been following their footsteps in one way or another,” she says.

“Like our SVD lay predecessors, we have witnessed the piousness and sincerity in the hearts of some Arnoldus family members, and, from these personal encounters, we gained confidence that our contributions to the Society, be it through financial assistance, talents, and/or skills and time, in small domestic tasks or big scale projects, are ways of offering back to our Lord the gifts and blessings we have received from Him.

“Again, like our predecessors, through the stirring of the Spirit within, we understood clearly that we cannot on our own be able to reach out to the wider community, but by partnering with the Society, we believe it is not impossible.”

Teresa says the meeting provided guidelines and examples to help Lay Partners be able to realistically identify challenges they are facing or will face at the local level, as well as to eventually establish their identity in relation to the Arnoldus Family, to develop the formation required and to be able to make their mission concrete.

“It also provided me personally with a clarity on the SVD slogan, ‘Our name is our mission’,” she says.

“The Society of the Divine Word is about being companions of the Incarnate Son. To take this on as a lay partner, it means learning how to live more intentionally as His disciple, in ‘imitatio Christi’, to journey from knowing to being.”

PHOTOS: Members of the SVD Lay Partners group at Marsfield take part in an international Zoom meeting of Lay Partners from the ASPAC region.

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