• 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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Monday, 05 August 2013 11:21

'I am blessed in my vocation' - Br Laurensius Woda SVD

In Australia, we are celebrating Vocations Awareness Week from August 4-10.

Below is a personal story from Br Laurensius Woda SVD about his vocation to the life of a religious missionary.

If you wish to learn more about life as a Divine Word Missionary, please contact Fr Viet Nguyen SVD on (02) 9868 9063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

By Br Laurensius Woda SVD

I am most thankful for the Lord’s steadfast love in my life. He has led and guided the Br.-Laurensius-SVD-350journey of my vocation, and strengthened me to be able to walk this special path. God holds me up when I experience difficult times. I am blessed in my vocation by the joy of his great love. He has always been with me in my journey as a seminarian. This teaches me to totally surrender to God, and understand that being a religious missionary is such a huge blessing for me.

The desire to be a religious missionary, however, is not born overnight. It certainly is full of stories, both attractive and unattractive. My long journey to be a priest started before I received my first holy communion. My Religion Teacher asked me about my goals for the future. Spontaneously I replied, "I want to be a priest because I like to drink wine like a priest usually does”. Looking back on it, I know it was just a silly answer but I was only nine at the time.

When I entered my adolescence, the motivation to be a priest gradually changed. However, God’s grace was still leading me on. God called me through an SVD priest in my parish back home. His simplicity, hospitality, and spiritual life made such an impression on me, and I was blown away. I remember one day he called and asked me to find some friends to follow a kind of preliminary test to enter in seminary. At that time I was a bit surprised, "Why should I?" For one week I reflected on this experience. Then, my eyes were opened again to being a priest.

After graduating from minor seminary, I applied to join the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD). The main reason was that I really wanted to be a religious and missionary. I spent two years in novitiate (2005-2007), and on August 15, 2007, I took my first vows. In 2007 I began studying philosophy for four years (2007-2011). Early last year I was chosen to do OTP (Overseas Training Program) here in AUS. I am very grateful for this opportunity. It has certainly been a blessing that enriches my pastoral experience.

I started my OTP with learning English and culture in New Zealand for several months. I struggled a lot being in another country. A couple months ago I was asked to do the parish pastoral training at Mary Mother of the Church Macquarie Fields for the year ahead. I feel very welcome in this parish. I am also glad that I can meet people who come from different ethnic backgrounds. This, of course, will enrich my cross-cultural experience as a seminarian.

Here, I have the privilege of taking part in ministries like visiting and giving Holy Communion to the sick, getting involved in the youth group and choir group. I am really sure I will learn a lot of things in this parish; it is certainly a new challenge on the journey of my vocation.

The Lord is my shepherd. He is always with me in every moment of my life. He calls me as who I am to be a worker for him. I know I am still only half way along this long journey, but for me, being on this journey, in every situation I have encountered, is a blessing in life. “He who had set me apart before I was born...called me by his grace” (Gal 1:15).

 

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