SOCIALISATION OF THE 17TH GENERAL CHAPTER REGIO SVD TIMOR LESTE (2)
FROM EVERY NATION, PEOPLE AND
SHARING INTERCULTURAL LIFE AND MISSION
Fr Regional gave a talk at the socialiasation
Recent Progress in the Last Six Years
The membership has increased each year; missionary
commitment has also shown improvement, and new regions are established.
The SVD Europe has had new awareness of the new faces of
Europe which are emerging. There are three key aspects: 1) new awareness about
‘mission’ in Europe; Mission is not only out of Europe; 2) the face of Europe is changing. We need a
new understanding of mission in Europe; 3) Divine Word missionaries who are
living and working in Europe are changing. This issue applies not only to SVDs
who originated from Europe, but to all confreres.
The increasing gap between social classes is the biggest
challenge as the impact of economic globalisation.
Aspac zone is the backbone of the congregation, as it
produces a big number of missionaries and sends them out to other places.
Challenges: the internationality of missions in several countries.
Development at the generalate:
A new Freinademetz Centre in Rome; Da katakombe santa
dominika (St. Dominica’s catacomb) is run by SVD.
Partnership with other institutions:
1. With the Vatican: Interreligious dialogue with the pontificat
counsel, Fr. Markus Solo, Svd.
2. With the assembly of general
3. With other congregations: via
Financial accountability and
Financial accountability needs to be
well organised in a way that is fair and transparent. There are many proposals
sent to the generalate which have not met professional standards and are not
reasonably proportional. There is a need for training for this matter. The use
of finances needs to be seen in the perspective of the vow of poverty and in
the Kingdom of God. We are working for the sake of the Congregation. Hence, we
are always responsible in the way we are using our finances.
Superior general has written an
article regarding self-sufficiency. Efforts to be self-sufficient are not only
the leaders’ responsibility, but every member’s. We must be in solidarity with
the people wherever we are.
Steps toward self-sufficiency:
1) Reduce expenses. Many provinces depend on generalate for
financial resources, but are not using them appropriately. For example: one of
the provinces is employing four staff at the provincial’s office.
2) Make contract with the institutions where we are working.
3) Find local benefactors for supporting the apostolates.
4) Make some investment.
5) Every member must make some contribution to the mission,
instead of consuming mission’s resources.
6) Live a simple way of life.
Financial resources of the congregation:
1.From provinces which have good
2.From regular benefactors who give
financial support through established institutions within the congregation.
Current problems: global financial
crisis has caused the lacking of financial resources. Also, many benefactors
have passed away.
Number of provinces which are giving
financial contributions: 18 (1994), 40 recipients. In 2011: 19 contributors, 36
on the financial issue
Health care and the elderly
expenses for health care have increased almost in every province/region.
Generelate does not provide financial support for the care of the elderly.
Thus, every province/region has to find its own way to provide money for
Health: it is better to eat healthy food and do sports regularly, rather than
working continuously without taking enough rest.
for and Supporting Families
issue was raised by the generalate’s
treasurer to make a resolution regarding how much money should be given to the
families if there is a request from the family of any member of SVD. The matter
was not approved by the chapter’s capitulars.
SVD confreres do not like to have a financial audit, for the risk of getting
intervention from external parties.
opening of bank accounts need a written permission (letter) from
confrere/community needs to give regular financial reports to the superior.
From the Congregational Leader of
1.We have a common spirit with SVD as
parts of Arnold’s family.
2.The involvement of SSpS-AP with SVD
is done through prayers.
3.SSpS-AP is in the process of
4.There are challenges in regards to
preconception of cultures
of the other’s culture
in adapting to another culture
need to understand Jesus’ way of life that he came with His own culture - which
was Jewish - but he remained to be open to the presence of other cultures as
of the mystery of incarnation in order to comprehend the rootedness of and the
openness towards other cultures. (Kasmir Nema, SVD)