Asia Pacific Meeting for Parish Ministry
Starting last Monday, November 17th, confreres involved in Parish ministry throughout the Asia-Pacific region came together to discuss the Ministry of the Vincentians to Parishes. It has been, thus far, a great mix of confreres from different cultures and languages, sharing knowledge and experiences of ministry. It is unique to experience translations going through two sets of translators before arriving at your own. Here are some of the pictures taken thus far.
Celebrating 125 years of Vincentian presence at St Stanislaus College Bathurst.
On Tuesday evening, the Bathurst Vincentian Community hosted a special celebratory dinner to mark the 125th anniversary of the Vincentians at the College. It was a time of revelling in the contributions of many Vincentians – both CM and lay – to the development of the College and it’s students. It was especially important as we hosted Fr Matthew, Assistant General from Rome, who was visiting. We give thanks to the Lord for the great gifts shown to the College and to the Vincentian Community over such a long period.
International Meeting of the Association of the Miraculous Medal
Kevin Canty is the national chaplain of the AMM here and is visiting Rome for this important international meeting. Here is what he has to say…
Greetings from Rome. I arrived here safely and we are well underway with the assembly. We were at st peter,s this morning with a few hundred others for the audience with Pope Francis.
Commitment for life to bring Good News to the Poor
On Friday 31st October two of our students – Sowani Raivuni and Romano Pesira – committed themselves for life as members of the Congregation of the Mission. Sowani is from Fiji while Romano hails from the Solomon Islands; both are in their sixth year of formation at Wailoku, Fiji. Please keep them in your prayers as they embark on a life of ministry and service to the poor and outcast.
As a Community, we take great joy that they have responded to Christ in serving the poor in the Congregation. We ask the blessings of our God to come upon them and strengthen them for service.
In addition, several students received the ministries of Acolyte and Lector, to further their commitment to proclaim the Word of God and bring God’s life to the poor and needy. Here are some photos of the occasion.
From Pope Francis
A Christian who lives the Gospel is “God’s newness” in the Church and in the world.
(taken from his homily on the occasion of the Beatification of Pope Paul VI – Oct 19, 2014)
A challenge for everyone!
Prison Chaplains of NSW meet
Mick Walsh, our Provincial Leader, recently assisted some of the Prison Chaplains reflect on and pray about their ministry at a day held up at Delany House, The Entrance. Of course, aside from Mick having extensive experience in this ministry, we have Greg Walsh, who is chaplain out at Bathurst Correctional Facility. The Vincentian Family presence is furthered by Sr Maggie Reynolds DC. Please keep them all in prayer for the ministry the are involved in.