GENERAL REPORT OF THE SECOND JOINT MEETING OF THE CCC AND APRF ST. VINCENT’S RETREAT CENTER GOPALPUR-ON-SEA, ORISSA FEBRUARY 9-17, 2009
Prepared by George Ayalloor & Rajesh Lakra.
06.30 a.m. morning prayer
07.30 a.m. Breakfast
08.00 a.m. Secession 1
09.30 a.m. Open Forum
10.00 a.m. Coffee break
10.00 a.m. Group sharing
11.30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
12.00 p.m. Lunch
02.30 p.m. Secession – 2
03.30 p.m. Open forum
04.00 p.m. Tea break
06.15 p.m. Group sharing
07.15 p.m. Report presentation
07.45 p.m. Evening prayer
08.00 p.m. Dinner/Cultural program
FEBRUARY 9, 2009 (MONDAY)
The second joint meeting of the CCC and APRF was held on Gopalpur-on-sea, from 9th Feb. to 18th Feb. 2009. The participants arrived on the 8th evening. The opening day of the program began with a beautiful morning service conducted by the daughters of Charity. The inaugural celebration of the holy Eucharist began at 9 a.m. and was presided by Rt. Rev. Thomas Thiruthalil,c.m. the Bishop of Balasore. In his homily he highlighted the need of establishing meaningful and purposeful dialogue with believers of other religions.
The Holy Mass was followed by the opening session which began at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Mathew Kallamackal, the visitor of Northern Indian Province warmly welcomed all the resource persons, special invitees and the participants. Rev. Fr. Serafin Peralta unveiled the emblem of CCC and APRF. Four participants of the group representing the forum lighted the lamp as a symbolic action of passing from darkness to light. Rev Fr. Armada Riyanto CM, presented a brief history of APRF and CCC through a slide show. Two dances by the students of De Paul School Berhampur added color to the program. The participants introduced each other and with a final hymn the session came to an end.
The first secession of the day was taken up by Fr. Subhash Anand on the theme Religious Dialogue: what, why and how? It was moderated by Fr. Rolando C. Santos. Fr. Subhash in a scholarly manner dealt with the meaning, purpose and significance of dialogue in the Indian context. The participants were divided into 6 groups consisting of 5 members each and were assigned different questions for group sharing. The reports of these group sharing were presented during general secession during the evening.
FEBRUARY 10, 2009 (TUESDAY)
The first secession of the second day began at 9 a.m. with a short prayer by Fr. Johny Koikara. During this secession Fr. Subhash Anand once again took up the centre stage with the topic “Dialogue with Hindus.” The secession was moderated by Fr. Gregory Brett. Explaining the idea of Hinduism and the meaning of the word Hindu Fr. Subhash expounded the significance of having a fruitful dialogue with the Hindu brethren of India. The talk was followed by group sharing.
All the participants gathered in the chapel at 11.30 for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Subash Anand was the main celebrant of the day and enriched the celebration by some of the meaningful incultration of Indian customs in the liturgy.
The participants gathered for the second secession at 2.30 p.m. Fr. Francis Kanampura led the group through a short prayer. The secession was taken by Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM who dealt on the topic ‘Inter religious Dialogue: Paradigms of theological interpretation”. Fr. Ivica moderated the session. In his talk Fr. Danny presented a scholarly study of the traditional, modern and contemporary concept of dialogue and spoke about the need of bringing dialogue to the grass root level to make it really practical and meaningful.
DAY 3RD– 4TH
FEBRUARY 11-12, 2009 (WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY)
After breakfast the participants gathered in front of St. Vincent’s for a group photo session.
Session 4 began with a short prayer at 8.30 a.m. by Fr. Greg Brett. Fr. Charles Pan took the participants to the world of Confucianism and Chinese culture through his vivid presentation of the topic, “Confucianism and Inter-Religious dialogue.” The session was moderated by Fr. Pawel Wierzbicki. The session was followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11.30. a.m. The liturgy of the Holy Mass was conducted by conferrers of Australia and Fiji.
Study Tour to Bhuwaneswar and Konark. A study tour programme was organized in order to give the participants a first hand experience of some of the religious and cultural realities of India. The participants set out for the tour on 11th afternoon and reached back on 12th evening.
FEBRUARY 13, 2009 (FRIDAY)
The session began with short prayer at 8.30 a.m. and was moderated Fr. George Ayalloor CM. The resource person for the session was Fr. Varghese Thottmkara CM, the provincial of the southern Indian province. Through his scholarly presentation on the topic, “the Documents of the Church on Interreligious Dialogue, the speaker clearly outlined the mind of the Church and the attitude that we need to nurture as formators and spoke persons of the church.”
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11. 30 was presided by Fr. Rolando Santos and the liturgy was conducted by the Indonesian confreres.
“Inter-Religious Dialogue from Subaltern perceptive”, was the topic taken up for the 6th session which began at 2.30 p.m. the topic was presented by Fr. Greg Brett and the session was moderated by Fr. Joji. Fr. Greg presented a brilliant picture of inter-religious dialogue from the perceptive of the poor and the Dalits of Indian in an Asia-pacific context and outlined the meaning of dialogue in their life situations
At the end of the 6th session, the participants proceeded to Stella Maris, the internal seminary of the Northern Indian province and had their tea with the inmates of the institution.
FEBRUARY 14, 2009 (SATURDAY)
The session started at 8.15 with a prayer through a reflective and beautiful hymn. Fr. Armada led the participants through a lively discussion on the topic “Dialogue with Islam.” During his deliberation he pointed out the problems and challenges that we have to overcome in our attempt to dialogue with our Muslim brethren. The session was moderated by Fr. Yustinus.
The 2nd session of the day began at 10.15 a.m. Fr. Richard Preuss moderated the session. Sr. Margaret Alvarez, DC outlined the practical aspects of Inter-Religious Dialogue through her sharing of the topic, “Daughters of Charity as instruments of promoting Inter-religious dialogue through Social action.” She also succeeded in expounding her preposition through concrete examples that come around the missionary life of the daughters.
The holy Eucharist of the day was conducted by the confreres from China. Fr. Charles Pan presided over the Eucharist and Fr. Richard Preuss preached the homily on the theme of the day.
The third session of the day began at 2.30 p.m. with a short prayer. The session was moderated by Fr. Rolando Tuazon. Fr. Simon Kaipuram gave a brilliant presentation of the topic “Our Formation in the Context of Religious Pluralism” and enlightened the participants regarding the need of instilling in the young minds of our students the right attitude towards dialogue at the level of daily living.
A beautiful cultural evening after dinner added great charm and interest to the day. Participants from different provinces presented a variety of rich cultural programmes that reflect the traditions and customs of their countries.
FEBRUARY 15, 2009 (SUNDAY)
All the participants gathered in the chapel at 6.30 a.m. for Morning Prayer and Holy Mass.. Fr. Rolando Tuazon presided over the Eucharist and Fr. Dennis preached the homily.
Meeting of the Formation delegates: the members of the formation delegates gathered at 8.15 to discuss issues and problems related to their respective areas of concern in formation. The meeting was co-chaired by the Fr. Serafin Peralta, the Secretary executive of APVC and Fr. Armada Riyanto, the chairman of CCC. The discussion was preceded by reflective hymn. Fr. Armada presented a brief picture of the structure and functioning of CCC and APRF before the beginning of the discussion. He also reviewed the objectives of both in facilitating the programme of Vincentian formation.
After Tea-Break at 10 the participants paid a visit to De Paul Hostel, an instituting run for bright students of our mission areas with the aim of bringing them to the main streams of the society through education and better employment.
The delegates gathered again at 11.00a.m. and continued the discussion of the previous session. The meeting primarily focused its attention on setting the topic of deliberation and date for the next meeting to be held in Sydney. The approximate dates proposed are,
- From 29th Aug – 8th September, 2010.
- From 6th – 16th September
In order to have a clear idea regarding the topic for the next meeting, the delegates were divided into 3 groups to discuss about the topic. The following topics emerged from the discussion of the above. The topics suggested by the participants of the Week-I programme were also taken into consideration while suggesting the topics.
- Globalization and Vincentian Formation
- Formation and Progress of Society
- Corruption and Poverty in the third World Countries: Vincentian Challenge to doing Justice in Asia Pacific
- Incultutration and Vincentian Formation.
- Human and Personal Formation. Skills in accompaniment (skills/development), Personality development and Psychological Discernment, Discernment of Motivation, etc.
- Formation of Formators
- Vocational discernment. Basic standards of Discernment.
- Biblical Basis and Interpretation.
- human Formation and its Challenges in Asia pacific continents
- Perceptive of Inter-religious Dialogue with traditional Religions.
The discussion also deliberated the line of action to be followed for the presentation and discussion of topics for the forth coming days. At 3.00 p.m. the participants were taken to Vijoy Bhavan, the Provincial House of the Northern Indian Province and to Marillac, the Provincial House (DC) of the Northern Indian Province.
FEBRUARY 16, 2009 (MONDAY)
The eight day of the meeting began with Morning Prayer and Holy Mass at 6.30 a.m. The liturgy of the day was conducted jointly by the confreres of Australia, Fiji and Solomon Islands. Fr. Peter Reedy was the main celebrant of the day and Fr. Ivica preached the homily.
Session I began at 8.15 a.m. with a short prayer by Peter Reedy. Fr. Serafin moderated the session. Before taking up the topics for presentation Fr.Serafin explained the procedure for group sharing and report presentation. The theme for the first session of the day was, “Interreligious dialogue and Its Significance to Intellectual Formation.” Papers on this theme were presented by the following resource persons.
- Fr. Joji
- Fr. Richard Preuss
- Fr. George Ayalloor
- Fr. Yustinus
- Fr. Evica
The presentations were followed by an open forum and the session came to an end at 10.00 a.m. The participants gathered at 10.30 a.m. for the group sharing.
The session on “Interreligious Dialogue and its Significance to Pastoral” began at 11.a.m. with a short prayer. The session was moderated by Fr. Serafin. The following resource persons presented their papers on the topic.
- Fr. Aplinar senapati.
- Fr. Adi Sapto Widodo
- Fr. Rolando Tuazon
- Fr. Rolando Santose
The presentations were followed by open forum. The participants gathered in groups at 2.30 p.m for group sharing.
Session 3 began at 3.00 p.m. with a short prayer by Fr. Adi Sapto Widodo. Fr. Serafin moderated the session. “Spiritual Formation”, was the topic of presentation. The following persons delivered their presentations on the topic.
- Fr. Pawel
- Peter Reedy
- Fr.m Shajan Pudussery
- Fr. Adi Sapto Widodo
The presentations were followed by open forum. The participants gathered again at 6.15 p.m. for group sharing.
Session 4: Report Presentation
The session for Report presentation began at 7.00 pm. Fr. Serafin moderated the session. The reports on the topic, “Inter-Religious Dialogue and Its Significance to Intellectual Formation”, were presented by Frs. Adi Sapto, Rolando Santose and Peter Reedy.
The reports on the topic, “Religious Dialogue and Its Significance to Pastoral Formation “were presented by Frs. Yustinus, Aplinar and Peter Reedy.
The reports on the topic, “Religious Dialogue and its Significance to Spiritual Formation”, were presented by Frs. Yustinus, Adi Sapto and Peter Reedy.
FEBRUARY 17, 2009 (TUESDAY)
All the participants gathered in the chapel at 6.30 a.m. for Morning Prayer. Confreres from Philippians led the community through the prayer session.
The first session on topic, “Inter- Religious Dialogue and it s Significance to Social Formation”, began at 8.30 a.m. Fr. Serfin moderated the session. The papers on the topic were presented by Frs. Johny Koikara, Armada, Roy and Joji. It was followed by open forum at 10.30.a.m.
The participants once again gathered at 11.00 for group sharing. The reports of the group sharing were presented in the session which began at 11.30.a.m. Frs.Ivica, Armada and Peter Reedy presented the reports of the group sharing.
Session II: Meetings of the Delegates from Provinces
The participants came together at 2.30 p.m. The session began with a reflective hymn. The members divided themselves into four groups to discuss about the lines of actions for formation programme. During this session the members also focused their attention on the drafting of the letter to APVC. The participants were also requested to propose the topics for the next meeting of the APRF &CCC. The certificates of participation were also distributed during this session. The session came to an end at 4.00 p.m with a prayer.
CONCLUDING SESSION AND THANKSGIVING MASS
All the participants gathered at the conference hall at 4.30 p.m. for the concluding session. The session identified the topics to be presented to the APVC for the next meeting. The session also witnessed a lively discussion on the objectives of APRF & CCC and proposed suggestions for the joint functioning of both while realizing their objectives in the formation program of our seminarians. Fr. Serafin Peralta, the Chief Executive of APRF expressed his heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the organizers and participants before the conclusion of the session. The concluding session came to an end at 5.30 p.m with a prayer.
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 6.00 p.m. with a variety of inter-cultural dimensions came as a fitting finale to the second joint meeting of the APRF & CCC. Fr. Serafin was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist and was assisted at the altar by Frs. Mathew Kallmamackal and Armada. Fr. Serafin preached the homily and exhorted the participants to be open and ready for interreligious dialogue by their way of life and attitudes. He also once again thanked Fr. Kallammackal, the organizers and the participants for their active involvement and contributions in making the programme a successful one. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist ended at 7.20 p.m and with this the second joint meeting of the APRF & CCC came to an end.
1. Members of the commission for charism and culture (CCC)
1. Fr. Armada Riyanto (Chairman of CCC)
2. Fr. Daniel Pilario (Co-chair)
3. Fr. Gregory Brett
4. Fr. Aplinar Senapati
5. Fr. Paul Bharati (absent)
2. Formation delegates from different provinces
- Fr. Serafin Peralta (The Executive Secretary of APVC)
- Fr. Ivica
- Fr. Adisapto widodo
- Fr. Yustinus
- Fr. Rolando C. Santos
- Fr. Dennis Abuel
- Fr. Pawel Wierzbicjki
- Fr. Richard Preuss
- Fr. Rolando Tuazon
- Fr. Peter Reedy
- Fr. Johny koikara
- Fr. Shajan Pudussery
- Fr. George Ayalloor
- Fr. Thomas Kallely
- Fr. Joseph Peediackel
- Fr. Francis Kannampuzha
- Fr. Jose Manjaly
- Fr. Susanto Digal
- Fr. Rajesh Lakra
- Fr. Jose Nazhiampara
- Sr. Rose Chirayil DC
- Sr. Theresita Pulikazhat DC
- Sr. Cecily Velleringat SCN
- Sr. Arpita Mundamattam SCN
- Sr. Emerencia Hasda DC
- Sr. Blandian Ekka DC