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From April 20-22 lay representatives from SVD parishes and some SVDs gathered for a meeting held in Aracaju, Sergipe.

The forty-three participants, among them ten SVDs, met together to strengthen cooperation and good relations among those involved in the parishes.

The theme chosen for the occasion was “The SVD charism at the service of the Church in cooperation with the lay people.” Since it was also the Year of the Laity, the meeting was inspired by the Document #105 of Conferencia Nacional Dos Bispos Do Brasil (CNBB) which focuses on Lay Christian men and women in the Church and Society.

The gathering included sharing, prayer sessions, and biblical reflections among others. The symbols of the light and salt were used to reinforce the role of the laity in the Church. The different parishes of the Subzone Brazil also discussed and planned for the coming Lay Congress to be held in Santa Isabel, Espirito Santo in July 2019.

The celebration of the Holy Eucharist highlighted the event. The participants returned to their home parishes motivated and inspired by the SVD charism and their role as lay men and women in their local Christian communities.

--- Bro. Alfonso Berger


Reflection on SVD spirituality and the role of the Laity in Juquiá-SP (BRC)

A meeting of the lay SVD associates of the parishes of Litoral District was held on April 21, 2018, in Juquiá-SP, in the Novitiate House. This meeting had already been planned since last year and had been reinforced at the first meeting of the district that was attended by the laity in Iguape-SP earlier this year. 

For this meeting the representatives were led by the couple Nelson Tysky and Irani who came from Sao Paulo. They presented the theme "SVD Spirituality and the Vocation to Holiness of the People of God." Nelson and Irani led the participants to deepen their reflection on their work within their communities and society as "salt of the earth and light of the world."  Some of the points of Document 105 of the CNBB on the challenges of the world now, as well as the vocation and role of the laity, were raised in the group discussion. The meeting ended with a mission sending and a lunch prepared by the novices.


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Brother Bernd in Thailand

Thailand is a country with a fascinating Buddhist heritage, one of the favorite attractions for thousands and thousands of tourists every year. But here, they not only find these cultural treasures and these exotic landscapes. Thailand is also a magnet for unbridled sex tourism that spreads diseases like AIDS. Initiatives like this one of Brother Bernd, seek to stop the spread of this disease and generate bonds of love and solidarity.


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SVD in Dialogue – Theme of the 18th SVD General Chapter

The Love of Christ urges us!  Rooted in the Word and committed to his Mission. Video for the 18th General Chapter of the Divine Word Missionaries (2018).
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