• 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

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:59

Assembly and Chapter a time of renewal and refocus


SVD Assembly 2018 450SVD Missionaries from across the AUS Province gathered together in Sydney for the Provincial Assembly and Chapter last week, affirming their commitment to the current missionary priorities and drawing deeper into wells of personal and community renewal. 

Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, says the Assembly and Chapter focused on the theme: ‘The love of Christ compels us: Rooted in the Word, Committed to Mission’.

“We were very committed to exploring the theme and to renewing our reality of being rooted in the Word and committed to mission,” Fr Henry says.

“First we had to look at ourselves and ask whether we are really rooted in the Word and how that feeds our commitment to mission, and through that, we will be renewed.”

The Assembly and Chapter, held every three years, prepare the Province for the SVD General Chapter, to be held in Rome later this year.

Assembly 2018 Henry 450“As part of that preparation, we had to ask ourselves how we are truly rooted to the vision of our founder, St Arnold Janssen, but in our own time and place, responding to the needs of our current times.”

The Assembly began with a presentation from Fr John Prior SVD, and Englishman who has worked in Flores, Indonesia since 1972, who placed the mission of the SVD AUS Province into the current global and cosmic context.

Fr John identified the key issue of our times as being “the growing gap between the super-rich and the rest of us”, a gap, he said, which had “become virtually unbridgeable”.

“This is the result of the globalisation that accelerated after 1989, resulting in a small network of economic actors running the global economy. National economies are losing their significance. This leads to mass migration and human trafficking, which is the underbelly of economic migration.

Assembly 2018 John Prior addressing group 450“This is not the world God created. This is the world we’re creating. Where are we in this world, personally, as communities and as a Province? Where does this place us? What does this mean to our mission as we work with the disenfranchised, the marginalised?

“If we are to be SVD within this context, I think we have no other choice but to be counter-cultural. We have been called to mission at this time, in this world, facing global challenges, economically, politically and culturally.

“Are we ready and able to allow God’s mission to shape our response?”

Fr John also gave a powerful presentation on the cosmic nature of mission, based on the interconnectedness of all of God’s creation, earth, animals, people.

Assembly 2018 David Leary 450Throughout the Assembly and Chapter he took on the role of ‘critical friend’, helping to challenge and probe the confreres as they examined their mission in the light of the current context.

Also speaking at the Assembly was Br David Leary OFM, who gave an expert account of the Royal Commission final report and the implications for the Church moving forward, as well as a session on renewal of self in light of the realities of the post Royal Commission environment.

“Both speakers gave excellent, challenging presentations and helped us to look deeply at renewal of our self, our community and our mission,” Fr Henry says.

“Another highlight of the Assembly was the gathering together with our lay partners, from SVD parishes, migrant chaplaincies and ethnic communities, as well as our staff.”

The Chapter affirmed the current five mission priorities of the Province, which are: Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue; Primary and New Evangelisation; Indigenous and Ethnic Communities; Migration; and Social Justice and Poverty Eradication.

Among the resolutions passed at the Chapter was a commitment to proceed with inviting lay friends of the SVD into a more formal relationship of SVD Lay Partners; and a deeper commitment to promoting and also living the JPIC apostolate (Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation); and a focus on both the initial and ongoing formation of SVD members and lay partners.


TOP RIGHT: SVD members and lay partners gathered at the 2018 Provincial Assembly and Chapter (photo, Thien Nguyen SVD)

MIDDLE LEFT: Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD gives the opening address

MIDDLE RIGHT: Fr John Prior SVD leading discussion at the Assembly

BOTTOM LEFT: Br David Leary OFM, giving a presentation