SVD-SSpS MISSION ANIMATION

 BULLETIN BOARD #57
Rome - 24 March 2004 for SSpS and SVD Mission Secretaries and Mission Animators

In this bulletin:

1. SSpS - 71 SISTERS RECEIVE MISSION MANDATES

2. Paraguay - SECOND SSpS PANAMERICAN ASSEMBLY FOR MISSION ANIMATION

3. Stan Grodz - ISLAM DAY IN POLAND

4. Herbert Scholz - VIA CRUCIS WITH SVD CONSTITUTIONS


1. SSpS - 71 SISTERS RECEIVE MISSION MANDATES

Though not too many sisters are admitted to perpetual vows at this time of year, there were seven admitted in January: four from Argentina North, one from Angola and three from Brazil South. The Mission Mandates give a wider picture of the vocations picture of the SSpS.  The congregational leadership team has recently decided on the mission mandates for 71 sisters who received admission to perpetual vows over the last year. The come from the three Indian provinces; all provinces and region of Indonesia; Timor Loro Sae; the two Philippine provinces; China; Papua New Guinea; Rumania; Austria; Slovakia; Poland; Ukraine; Japan; Korea/Mexico; Angola; Argentina Misiones; Argentina North; and Brazil South. On average 50% are for their home provinces and 50% for other provinces.

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2. Paraguay - SECOND SSpS PANAMERICAN ASSEMBLY FOR MISSION ANIMATION

Sisters Lorenza, Heloise and Adriana, members of the Pan-American Team for Mission Animation are organizing the second SSpS continental assembly for mission animation to be held April 14-18 in San Lorenzo, Paraguay. The theme proposed for the meeting is "Your Life is Mission." 

Four important points have been indicated for the agenda:

Participants expected for the assembly include:

The SSpS Generalate will be represented by Sr. Ines Setiono, the General Visitator and Sr. Mary John the Generalate Mission Secretary.

[The SSpS Panamerica Website can be found at www.sspspanamerica.net .]

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3. Stan Grodz - ISLAM DAY IN POLAND

Stanislaw Grodz, from Poland, sends a brief report of SVD participation in a day dedicated to prayer for Muslims. 

"Every year we pray for unity among Christians, especially during the week between 18th and 25th January. A series of ecumenical prayer meetings and accompanying events have taken firm root in our liturgical calendar. For some time now this week has been preceded by a Judaism Day (17th January). In the year 2000, the Bishops’ Conference of Poland approved a proposal made to the Committee for the Dialogue with Non-Christian Religions by the Common Council of Catholics and Muslims in Poland to celebrate the 26th of January as a Day of Prayer Dedicated to Islam. The idea behind this rather awkward name was to create opportunities for building mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims. A prayerful gathering or a conference including elements of prayer with the presence and participation of Muslim representatives have become means of carrying out the initiative. In 2002 the name of the event was changed to Islam Day in the Catholic Church in Poland.

"At first the Bishops’ Conference approved the initiative somewhat tentatively, agreeing to a single event for 2001. However, that approval was renewed in the following years. The increasing number of people involved in commemorating Islam Day with each passing year indicates that the initiative has expanded beyond being a merely symbolic event staged only in the capital. This year's celebrations proved that "Islam Day in the Catholic Church in Poland" would become a constant feature in the church calendar. In this way the Christians praying for their unity among themselves are invited not to loose sight of believers from other monotheistic traditions and are reminded of the common origin and common destiny of all people on earth.

"Various religious and academic circles in different towns and cities have organized the celebrations of Islam Day. The SVD in Poland has also done its share in putting theory into practice. Adam Was actively participated in a half-day academic session on Islam organized in 2001 by Jacek J. Pawlik and other staff members at the Theological Faculty of the Warminsko-Mazurski University in Olsztyn, to which our major seminary in Pieniezno is affiliated. Then, in 2002 Adam took active part in the central celebration in Warsaw at the Jesuit church of St. Andrew Bobola. In 2003 Adam together with the seminary staff and students organized an event in Pieniezno with the participation of the Tatar Muslim community from Gdansk. The Tatar Muslim community from Bialystok was invited to Pieniezno to mark the day this year. In 2004 Stanislaw Grodz together with a group of students from the Catholic University of Lublin invited representatives of the Muslim Students Association to the university chapel in Lublin for a prayer of adoration of God.

"Although the Muslim community in Poland is rather tiny, at least for the time being, all the initiatives that focus on creating atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect are very important. It is a good sign that this initiative, started as an 'official one,' has gained a wider public recognition."

[For more information contact Stan Grodz at: stang@poczta.onet.pl ]

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4. Herbert Scholz - VIA CRUCIS WITH SVD CONSTITUTIONS

In many parts of the world, the praying of the Stations of the Cross is an important Lenten observance.  In some places, SVDs also cultivate the Lenten practice of reading the  constitutions as they renew their following the way of the Lord. Here in Rome, recently, Herbert "Bubi" Scholz prepared a celebration of the Via Crucis that combined both practices.  Each station is introduced with brief statement which invokes an idea from the constitutions.  Next, there is a reading from one of the Constitutions. Finally, a brief song.  The prayer service was produced in Italian, the liturgical language of the Collegio here in Rome.  Following is a translation of the 14th station:

Jesus is laid in the tomb. By stretching out his arms on the cross and by resting among the dead, Jesus gathered all members of the human race and every moment of our history in a saving embrace. In our missionary life we associate ourselves with this universal vision.

Constitution 114. In God's providential plan all nations are called to salvation. His Word is the light of the world that enlightens everyone. As missionaries of the Divine Word, we must be ready to recognize the rays of this light in the religious traditions and convictions of peoples. In sincere dialogue we bear witness to the fact that the true light has become man and has come into the world in Jesus of Nazareth. At the same time we will be enriched by other people's religious experience and search for truth.

If you are thinking of developing a similar celebration, you might want to refer to the associations that Bubi made between the stations and the SVD Constitutions:

First station - 303.6; Second station - 124; Third station - 112; Fourth station - 123; Fifth station - 304; Sixth station - 109; Seventh station - 401; Eighth station - 103; Ninth station - 412; Tenth station - 121; Eleventh station - 216; Twelfth station - 107; Thirteenth station - 413.

[For more information contact Bubi Scholz at hscholz@verbodivino.it ]

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Items for the SVD/SSpS Mission Animation Bulletin Board can be sent to:

Tom Ascheman SVD

Mary John K. SSpS

SVD Generalate Mission Secretary

SSpS Generalate Mission Secretary

svd.missec@verbodivino.it

Missec@pcn.net