por | May 30, 2023 | Sin categoría | 0 Comentarios


From Down Under! we present the community of the VD missionaries and all the pastoral work they do there. They live in the Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, in a suburb of Sydney, Australia called Ryde. The Parish is very big, it has two churches and a lively community that needs to be served in the best possible way.

The team of missionaries is made up of four priests (3 natives – which is very helpful – Greg, the responsible and the Drum brothers Dan and Steve; and Daniele, an Italian missionary), one Portuguese missionary in formation (Antonio) and one young man who is at the beginning of the formation process and will hopefully become a member of the fraternity (John). It’s a blessing that the community there can have so many hands, because the mission is also very large and demanding there.

In the Youth Ministry, they have four different groups: Ignite, that gathers every fortnight and is for 9- to 12-year-old kids; SPARC, that gathers every Friday and is for teenagers. It is split into two groups, Junior Sparc for 13- 15 years old, and Senior Sparc for 16-18 years old; and Set Alight that gathers every Sunday and is for the Young Adults. These four groups are led by the missionaries but also with the help of youth leaders that have been formed to do it. The leaders’ formation is also an important part of their Youth Ministry. Recently, they have started some revisions of life with some of the leaders and ongoing formation sessions. The Youth Ministry has also a group that’s preparing to go to the World Youth Day in Lisbon!

In addition, they also have a weekly School of the Word that’s open to everyone in the Parish, every Tuesday. And they have also a School of the Apostles every Saturday, where they offer formation to the apostles that are more committed with our charism and that want to learn how to preach, announce and create evangelical communities as true apostles of Christ. They also run retreats and other moments of prayer and evangelization.

These are the Verbum Dei specific activities they have, but they also run some student chaplaincies. They provide accompaniment to two high schools (The Holy Cross College and Marist Eastwood College) and one University (Macquarie University).  They also have all of the Parish responsibilities, including masses, accompaniment and preparing people for the sacraments. 

The harvest is plenty, and the workers are few! (Luke 10:2). Please pray for this community of missionaries, for this beautiful city and for more vocations!

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