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Monday, 06 June 2016 09:20

General Visitation finds AUS Province young, vibrant, focused on Mission

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Fr Bob Kisala SVDThe leadership of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Rome has found the Australian Province to be young and vibrant, with hope for the future, and focused on its role serving multi-ethnic parishes, indigenous communities, intercultural living, formation, and inter-faith dialogue.

This was the finding of the SVD Vice Superior General, Fr Bob Kisala (pictured right).

Fr Bob has spent a month visiting all the places in Australia, Thailand and New Zealand where the Divine Word Missionaries are in ministry.

“It’s an opportunity to meet each one of the confreres and hear their story and their hopes, and learn about their ministry and the situation of the places we work in around the world. It is also, importantly, an opportunity to meet the people with whom we work and hear about their story and their needs.”

Fr Bob says the information gathered on such Visitations helps the Generalate when it discusses things in Rome.

“And it also helps to unify the congregation,” he says. “It helps us to stay together and work together with common goals.”

Fr Bob’s first stop on his Visitation to the Province was the Thailand District, followed by Queensland, Central Australia, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

Read the full story published on 31 May 2016 at the website of the Society of the Divine Word.

Read more about the life and work of the missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word.