FIVE young men have taken their perpetual vows as Divine Word Missionaries over the past year and all five will be sent out from Australia to take up missionary assignments in other countries.
Anthony Li, Marianus Supardi, Michael Wu, Laurensisus Woda and Uili Uvea took their vows in March last year before a packed congregation in St Paschal’s Chapel, Box Hill, Victoria.
Marianus and Uili were ordained to the diaconate the following day and to the priesthood in October. Laurens, Anthony and Michael will be ordained as priests this month.
Fr Uili has been assigned to the Philippines, Fr Marianus to The Netherlands, Deacon Laurens to Indonesia, Deacon Anthony to Costa Rica and Deacon Michael to Chile.
Divine Word Missionaries Australian provincial Fr Henry Adler says the sending out of the young missionaries was a significant expression of the important role the province played in forming missionaries to be at the service of the Divine Word Missionaries and the universal Church.
“These men have come to us from their country of origin for their final formation as SVDs and now, having played a role in forming them, we are sending them back out as missionaries to the wider world,” Fr Henry said.
“We see formation of missionaries as a very important part of what we do in this province.
“It is a commitment we take seriously, and to see them now embarking on their first overseas missionary assignments brings us great joy.”
Fr Henry said prayer was crucial for the forming of missionary vocations.
“We know that many of our young missionaries have been supported in their vocation and formation by the prayers of their families, friends and others in their lives,” he said.
“Please continue praying for missionary vocations so that more young people will answer the call to dedicate their lives to bringing Christ’s love to those most in need.”