Community for a Better World in Australia has embarked on a new venture with the publication of this booklet which has been designed as a resource to serve the spiritual, theological and pastoral formation of the many lay persons who minister to the life of their parish communities. It is intended for use in small groups with the hope that the time spent together would be fruitful and enjoyable.
The diocese in Mt. Hagen, like many others, puts resources into providing primary, secondary and tertiary education. In January, the National Team worked with the Diocesan Education Board to prepare and facilitate a Diocesan Education Assembly. Based on the method used for the whole diocese, they helped the participants analyse the situation of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese, with a view to mapping out a plan for an improved and more effective service. The 25 persons present represented those involved at a higher level.
In the second week of May, Fr. Stanislaus and Fr. Wladyslaw, from Poland, returned to Ukraine to conduct the process of reflecting on the situation in three parishes. This is always a starting point for the journey of renewal of a parish. Pastoral workers from these parishes of Krasne, Manikowce and Dunojowce took part. The Bishop came to visit one day and supported the dynamic, organic and all-inclusive pastoral approach we promote.
Recently Ms Jill Gibbs and Fr Michael Fallon offered to some neighbouring parishes in the Maitland –Newcastle Diocese a new series of weekly experiences on aspects of the spirituality of communion and its implications. Six topics were covered. These were: God’s Plan and the World’s Deepest Yearnings; Faith, Hope and Charity as the style of Life of Christ’s Church; Communication as Word and Silence; Participation and Co-responsibility; Prayer and Unity of Life; Communion as Mission and Commitment.
When we offered the sessions on the Spirituality of Communion in the different parishes, we were able to sell more copies of our “Vatican II made Simple”. One woman bought two copies; she wanted to give one to a friend. Next week she rushed over to me just as we were starting and said “Brilliant”. She saw I was taken aback by her remark and explained: “Vatican II Made Simple: I read it, it’s brilliant”.
So that’s an unsolicited recommendation.
The leadership team together with Area Coordinators from the different continents met in Rome from 24 April to 16 May, 2008.
The purpose was to spell out the decisions of the Cenacle and what they implied into a four-year plan. A draft document had been prepared by the Leadership Team and we worked on it together to get it into a final, acceptable form.
What a great meeting we had in Rome, the representatives of Community for a Better World (CBW): Spanish and Portuguese speaking from Latin America, French and English speaking from Africa, Italian, Spanish, Polish, German, French, Portuguese speaking from Europe, English speaking from Asia and Oceania.
Our gathering, which is held every four years, took place over three weeks from 7-26 October 2007, with a general theme of "Shaping the Future, Faithful to God’s Gift". Our aim was to share our life and experience, and look to how to act for the future.
Our group has worked with the Daru-Kiunga diocese over many years. During an orientation in April course for new persons coming to work in diocese, Roger, the Director of our group in PNG, gave 3 days input about the diocesan journey of all-inclusive renewal as an expression of communion.
Though our journeys to the Encounter were beset by border difficulties, a puncture, delays and long hours (almost 36 hours) of travel, we members from South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe finally made it for a late start.
We gathered on Monday morning, very aware of the absence of Jill who had intended to come from Australia to be with us. Her present state of health did not permit that, and we missed her.
There was an energy in our meeting that generated enthusiasm, a freshness and expectancy that something new was about the happen.
Recently Ms Jill Gibbs and Fr Michael Fallon offered to some neighbouring parishes in the Maitland –Newcastle Diocese a new series of weekly experiences on aspects of the spirituality of communion and the implications. Six topics were covered. These were: God’s Plan and the World’s Deepest Yearnings; Faith, Hope and Charity as the style of Life of Christ’s Church; Communication as Word and Silence; Participation and Co-responsibility; Prayer and Unity of Life; Communion as Mission and Commitment.