• 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

Monday, 31 May 2021 09:47

New book explores creative pastoral responses to pandemic

 

Anthony Le Duc front cover of pandemic book 300A new book, co-edited by Fr Anthony Le Duc SVD, is set to shine a light on some of the creative pastoral responses implemented around the world in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Pastoral Creativity Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Experiences’ chronicles the pastoral responses that pastoral agents, ordained and lay, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic from first-person narratives woven together to form a tapestry of rich and moving personal stories.

Edited by Fr Anthony and Fr John Mi Shen, the book is a project of the Asian Research Centre for Religion and Social Communication. The essays come from more than a dozen countries around the world, with many of the authors working in cross-cultural contexts.

It also enlists the collaboration of professional theologians to dialogue with these real-world experiences in order to present observations and insights that reveal themselves in these inspiring accounts.

“The book hopes to contribute to the ongoing conversation and reflection about the various dimensions of the pandemic, in particular, highlighting the pastoral creativity needed to sustain the life of the Church during one of the most dramatic times in contemporary human history,” Fr Anthony, who is a member of the SVD AUS Province, based in Bangkok, says.

The book was launched online last week, with many of the contributors present for the event.

One contributor, theologian and missiologist Fr Steven Bevans SVD from Chicago, spoke at the launch about the chapter he provided, based on a theological reflection of God’s ability to “make a way from no way”.

“This time indeed is a time of dark clouds over a dark world as Pope Francis describes it in the first chapter of Fratelli Tutti,” he said.

“For months, as new cases of COVID-19 have developed, deaths have multiplied, economies have neared collapse, racism has revealed itself as a worldwide pandemic. There seemed to be no way forward, no way out.

“But our God, as St Paul assures us, makes a way out of no way. Our God is a God of surprises. This is the truth, I think that the essays in this book affirm.

“As James McTavish says in one of them, the Holy Spirit squeezes out a creative response from those who are open to her proddings, making sure we can endure this time of immense testing.”

Other contributions outlined the many practical pastoral initiatives which grew out of the pandemic, from online liturgies, prayer gatherings and reflections, to driving by and visiting (at a distance) members of a group home for intellectually disabled people. It tells of pastoral outreach and care for those affected by the pandemic around the world, including those who lost their livelihood.

Professor Nataša Govekar, Director of the Theological-Pastoral Department at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has written an endorsement of the book and attended the online launch.

“What makes this book precious is that it is not a collection of ‘recipes’ for pastoral service, but rather an invitation to keep the dialogue open, to reflect on what we have learnt from this new condition, and on how the Church should answer to the need of belongingness that emerged from this unprecedented time … Concrete stories on concrete encounters is what inspires the desire and encourages the effort to prepare more encounters between God and humanity,” she said.

“After all, pastoral creativity - with or without the pandemic - is an art of preparing the encounters! And the pandemic probably helps us to understand it better.”

The book is available for order by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some copies are expected to be available for purchase from the SVD office in Marsfield soon.

donate btn 468