13 religious men and women, representing 7 religious congregations gathered on 10 July at the Generalate of the Augustinians in Rome to discuss collaboration for the promotion of human rights in West Papua. Most of the congregations are present in West Papua, working on various ministries.
Laicos misioneros del Verbo Divino
Divine Word Missionaries lay partners
The Lay Society of St. Arnold Janssen (LSSAJ) in the Philippines organized a two-day seminar on Training Facilitators for Spiritual Transformation of Drug Dependents, held in Catholic Trade Manila on the second week of June 2017. This was jointly organized and conducted by the JPIC Coordinator Fr. Flavie Villanueva SVD, LSSAJ, and the Archdiocese of Manila. Seventy participants attended, of which, twenty came from LSSAJ group. After the seminar, the participants were sent on mission to parishes in Metro Manila where there are some drug dependents.
The seminar employed the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous which is a proven tool to help in the recovery of drug dependents. We also shared the biblical foundation of these twelve steps that are linked to their Catholic beliefs. Special focus was given to Healing and Restoration of Dignity of a human being and the Image of God. It was also necessary to render to the participants a contextualized and the importance of the practice of Prayer and the Sacraments.
On the second anniversary of the encyclical letter “Laudato si’ of Pope Francis on care for our common home, the new leaders of the Provinces, Regions and Missions of the Divine Word Missionaries, gathered in Nemi (Rome), show once more support for the message of the Holy Father expressed in the Encyclical letter. Likewise, they commit themselves to promote the invitation expressed in the encyclical in their respective countries and work together in building our common home.