• 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, 31 August 2021 09:41

Vocations month: Young missionaries give thanks for God's call


Final Vows 2021 in Church 550The Divine Word Missionaries AUS Province had cause for great celebration earlier this year when five young confreres from three different countries made their Final Profession of Vows and were ordained to the Diaconate.

The young men making their commitment in Melbourne were Nicholas Duc, Marius Razafimandimby, Francois D'Assise Andrianihantana, Edward Okletey Teye, and Hai Nguyen. They are from Ghana, Madagascar and Vietnam.

Francois said the two days of celebration were “remarkable and joyful” days in his vocational journey.

“Doing God’s mission delights my soul, following the footsteps of Christ and Arnold Janssen our Founder gladdens my heart and becoming a perpetual member of the SVD gives me joy. I am excited to embrace my future and my mission,” he said.

Marius said that as a young man flooded with today’s culture of entertainment, Facebook, Whatsapp, YouTube and Netflix, he realised he also needed a purpose in his life.

“For me, what I want is to do something that makes my life more meaningful, in which I do something with consequences that matter to others. I am very grateful to God for calling me and many young people to commit themselves to proclaim his love, in their very own way, to all. My journey has just started in the Society and I believe the best is yet to come.”

For Nicholas, the taking of final vows and ordination to the Diaconate was a cause of great joy.

SVD Diaconate Ordinations 2021 550“I am experiencing the coming down of the Holy Spirit as Jesus gave the Spirit to his disciples and sent them to bear witness to the Good News. Perhaps in the future, there will be many difficulties and challenges. But in God’s hand, with the grace of God and the support of my parents, brothers and sisters and friends, I hope that I will become a fruitful missionary to build the Kingdom of the Lord,” he said.

And Hai, drew on the beautiful prayer of Mary, the Magnificat, for his reflection.

“As Mother Mary praises God for what God has done for her; I also feel that taking Final Vows and the Diaconate are great gifts I have received. I praise and thanks God for the two precious gifts. I desire to be an instrument of God for doing God’s will, not for my own intention.”

Finally, Edward said his religious journey has been a long wait for God’s amazing blessings and favours.

“Looking back to where I started from and where the Lord has brought me now, I say, it is just by God’s grace. Trusting in God’s providence, I kept my focus on what God can do for me in Christ Jesus. So, having been blessed to take my final vows and instituted as a Transitional Deacon, my song is of gratitude to God, my formators and everyone who helped me to come this far,” he said.

The young missionaries have received their first assignments, which they hope to be able to take up as international borders open: Edward - Zimbabwe Region; Hai - Colombia; Francois - Australia; Marius - Netherlands-Belgium; Duc - USA Chicago Province.


TOP RIGHT: The five young Divine Word Missionaries during their final vows ceremony.

BOTTOM LEFT: Marius Razafimandimby, Hai Nguyen, Edward Okletey Teye, Nicholas Duc, and Francois D'Assise Andrianihantana who took their final vows as Divine Word Missionaries and were ordained to the Diaconate earlier this year.

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