"Missionary Family for All Nations" (Familia Misionera para todos los pueblos)
Date and Venue:
When: January 2-12, 2017 Where: Medellin, Colombia
What is it about?
The objective of the international symposium is focused on the general revision of the statutes of the Verbum Dei Missionary Family from some key issues (identity, commitment, formation, government, administration...) giving priority to the formation paths.
In addition, the 2nd International Symposium will be a privileged moment to, again, take the pulse on the VDMFa, reviewing the paths which we are taking, sharing experiences and enriching ourselves with the path which is already made, in many of its parts, during these 53 years of history. It can help us tackle with substantive issues that concern us, such as perseverance or the fruit we give from our mission. It will also serve to strengthen our limits or open us up to new paths, and be the Church venturing out that Pope Francis invites us.
Participants are limited that all countries and continents are represented, both from the Fraternity and lay members of the Verbum Dei Missionary Family around the world.
For the Philippines, we will be sending 5 participants to represent the 3 communities here: 1 from Luzon, 2 from Visayas and 2 from Mindanao.
What can I do?
This is a very important and historical moment of our family, not only here in the Philippines but in the whole world as we will be able to contribute to the charism and mission of our family. Our prayers as one family is vital to the success of the symposium.
As the participants are doing the internal preparations together with the missionaries (i.e. reading the statutes and reviewing some materials), they are also looking for funds for their travel and stay in Colombia. With that, we need everyone's help for the financial support of the participants.
If you wish to help, you can donate any amount or sponsor the financial requirements of the participants (travel expenses, etc.), feel free to contact any of the responsibles of the communities.
Thank you and may the Holy Trinity and Mother Mary guide us as one family in our charism of Prayer and Ministry of the Word for all peoples!