• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Monday, 29 January 2018 15:42

Renewal course a time to be with God, self & others

 

Thuy Phan SVD 450Fr Thuy Xuan Pham SVD celebrated nearly a quarter of a century in vows recently by taking a few months out and heading to Italy for a Renewal Course in which he says he sought to deepen his relationship with God, with the SVD, and with other people. 

Fr Thuy, pictured right, was born and raised in Vietnam, but came to Australia to complete his formation as a Divine Word Missionary and took his vows in 1995 and was ordained here before being assigned to the AUS Province.

During his missionary life he has worked in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland and he is currently living in Marsfield.

He undertook the Renewal Course at the SVD Retreat Centre at Nemi, in the hills outside of Rome, situated just across the lake from the Papal residence at Castel Gandolfo.

“I wanted to renew my relationship with God and with the SVD, and with other people,” he says.

“The course was partly about how to have a good relationship with God through prayer, and how to know more of God and to let God know me too. So it was having time with God.”

Fr Thuy says the course contained both input from leaders, others and time for quiet reflection and sharing with the other confreres who came from all around the world.

One of the leaders was former AUS Provincial, Fr Tim Norton SVD.

“Every week or two we would have a recollection day and time in silence,” Fr Thuy says.

Nemi 450There was also opportunity to tap into the heritage of the Divine Word Missionaries, learning, touching more about the founding generation and their lives and work.

“Also important was the sharing of our stories with one another about our missionary lives,” he says.

“People came from countries all over the world, so there was a wide range of experience.”

Fr Thuy says the atmosphere of retreat and recollection was helped by the beautiful surrounds of the Nemi centre (pictured).

“I loved being in touch with nature,” he says. “God is present there.”

Fr Thuy says the fruits of the renewal experience are ongoing and sometimes only revealed with the passing of time.

“It was a time to reflect on my life with God and to let God come close to me and to open my mind to see the blessings around me and to really see what’s going on,” he says.

“I look back on it with thanksgiving for a time to be with God, God’s people and myself too.

“You don’t come home all totally renewed, like magic, but it’s a step by step thing and now I can look back on it and reflect on it more as time goes by. It’s all God’s grace.”