In our provinces and regions the Divine Word Missionaries support and strengthen existing projects of collaboration with lay missionaries. We also wish to promote such projects where they do not exist (G. C. XVI 2006 # 3.3.3.1) (In dialogue with the Word Nº 8 # Prologue).  We aim to promote lay men and women within their own particular vocation. We wish, therefore, to play an active role in this process, forming lay leaders, giving them active participation in the pastoral ministry and helping them discover their special mission in the secular world. The Characteristic Dimensions offer them specific fields of action, while at the same time they afford us an opportunity of sharing our charism and mission with them. (In dialogue with the Word Nº 8 # C-2)

 

Lay collaborators of our congregation were invited to the Workshop on SVD Dimensions for sharing with us their missionary experience. They were: Luis from Brazil; Raul from Argentina; Eli from Mexico; Alcira from Ecuador and Augusto from USA. Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your testimony!

From November 28 to December 1, 2015, members of the lay missionary group “Alma Verbita” visited the SVD-administered parish of St. Andrew, in the town of Pica belonging to the Diocese of Iquique.

Eli Zavala, Lay missionary from MAVD of Mexico shared with other lay people of the Panam zone, experiences of the SVD dimensions in the II Inter-Dimensional Workshop in Quito, Ecuador.

From March 13 to 18, 2017, the 19th Latin American Meeting of National Youth Ministry Leaders was held at the Casa Lago, the seat of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, under the motto "Yes to life, yes to solidarity, yes to Peace, yes to the Civilization of Love!"

In our provinces, regions and missions, there is collaboration in various ways with laity; the question is what and how can we do more to make this mission.

From July 11 to 15, 2017, the Second National Meeting of Young Missionaries (JOMIS) was held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Our confrere Wojciech Grzymislawski, SVD, was one of the organizers of the meeting and workshop.

A Workshop for SVD Lay Partners is being held in these days in Nemi, Italia from 14 to 29 October, 2017.

For the last eleven years, Mariana Flores has been a Lay Missionary of the Divine Word (MLVD) in Riverside, CA. Here she shares her experience in the Workshop that was profound and encouraging.