• 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, 17 December 2019 18:17

First Lay Partners workshop for Asia-Pacific a big success


Lay Partners Workshop 2019 450The first ever Asia Pacific Workshop of SVD Lay Partners has been hailed a huge success with 38 people attending from eight countries and 11 Provinces.

The gathering was held in the Philippines and was a significant step forward in the growth of the lay partners movement within the Divine Word Missionaries.

It was organised by AUS Province Mission Secretary, Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD, in his capacity as Zonal Coordinator for the ASPAC region.

“This inaugural workshop was an outstanding success and St Arnold Janssen (founder of the SVD, SSpS and SSpSAP) would have been very pleased with the outcomes, as it was his vision from the beginning of the order to collaborate with Lay Partners in mission work,” Fr Truc says in his report on the gathering.

Among the main objectives of the first ASPAC Workshop were: To share the experiences of SVD Lay Parnters in the Zone; to seek collaboration and partnership; to renew their Arnoldus spirituality; and to learn new directions from the latest SVD General Chapter.

Topics for the workshop included: General Chapter and Lay Partners; The Laity and New Evangelisation; Arnoldus Family; Arnoldus Spirituality; Formation Manual and Structure of lay partner groups; Interculturality.

Lay Partners Workshop Fr Tony Pernia 450“In addition to the talks, there were also group presentations where everyone had the opportunity to share their experiences of Lay Partner Groups – looking at the strengths, the weaknesses and the joys,” Fr Truc says.

“All agreed that they learnt such a lot during the workshop, and in particular, everyone seemed moved by the pervading sense of spirituality during the group discussions.”

Fr Truc says the workshop was especially blessed to have former Superior-General, Fr Tony Pernia SVD moderating the workshop each day.

“Leveraging off the content of the talks and the group discussions, Fr Pernia presented a synthesis which brought together the key outcomes of the workshop and from which Provinces were asked to compile an action plan,” he says

The synthesis focused on three key areas of Organisation, Formation and Mission.

“Once these action plans are in place, the final step envisaged is for collaboration at the sub-zonal level, to come up with an action plan for the combined Lay Partner Groups within that sub-zone.”

Fr Truc says a particularly momentous event during the workshop was the coming together of the entire Arnoldus Family when the group made a visit to the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (SSpS) and the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSPSAP) located nearby, who each share St Arnold Janssen as founder.

Lay Partners Workshop Arnoldus Family 450“For the first time, the four branches of the Arnoldus family came together,” Fr Truc says.

“Sr Libron expressed it well in her talk, that the entire family has ‘Complementarity and Collaboration’ in areas such as spirituality, mission animation and vocation animation and therefore the Lay Partners are a welcome addition to the family, serving only to strengthen the focus on living a life of Mission.”

During the final Mass, a fourth candle was lit in honour of Lay Partners now being the fourth pillar of the Arnoldus family.

Mervyn Rodrigues, President of the SVD Lay Partners group in Marsfield, Sydney, says there was a great feeling among the group.

“It was great that the different lay partner groups were each at a different stage of development and growth, so we could all learn and leverage off each other’s strengths and challenges,” he says.

“We came together in the spirit of the 2018 Chapter’s theme, ‘The Love of Christ Impels Us,’ as captured in the Workshop’s official logo.

“We went home celebrating our oneness and unity, despite our diverse cultures and background. We spoke one language – the language of love, especially evident during the concluding ceremonies when everybody couldn’t hold the tears back as we went around hugging each other while singing James Horner’s ‘If We Hold on Together’.”



TOP RIGHT: The group of Lay Partner group representatives from right across the SVD ASPAC zone, gathered in the Philippines.

MIDDLE LEFT: Former Superior-General Fr Tony Pernia SVD addresses the workshop.

BOTTOM RIGHT: A rare gathering of all four parts of the Arnoldus family - the SVD, the SSpS, the SSpSAP, and the Lay Partners.

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