In Luke's Gospel, Jesus invites some of his disciples to go to the mountain with Him and pray. This experience is a proposal of closeness to the Father, which enriches the interior life and renews strength for the mission. For the disciples of Jesus, stopping a while in their life journey to pray and reflect is not an option but an essential choice to continue His path.

From 10 to 15 October, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was held, the first assembly of SVD laity of the Afram zone (Africa-Madagascar). The meeting was attended by representatives of lay groups from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those from Zambia and Botswana participated online.

Lay leaders from 10 SVD Parishes across the Northeast States of India – Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh attended the SVD Lay Partners Animation Seminar at the SVD House, Guwahati, Assam on 24th and 25th March 2022. Around 40 lay leaders along with their Parish Priests participated in this two-day seminar organized by ING. Regional Superior, Fr. Maxim Rodrigues, and Mission Secretary, Fr. Clement Quadras were actively involved in the seminar along with other SVD fathers. I am deeply grateful to them for inviting me to this seminar and allowing me to share my experience as SVD lay partner.

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