Prayers of SVD

May the darkness of sin
and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word
and the Spirit of grace
and may the Heart of Jesus live
in the hearts of all people.

(Saint Arnold Janssen)





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09 June 2020

Religious Vocations

The richness of the Flores island is abundance of vocations to the religious life. This phenomenon is equally amazing as beautiful tropical nature. There are dozens of young people who want to become priests, sisters or brothers. Especially in the Society of Divine Word. Every year approximately 100 candidates start a new academic year at the Mission Seminary in Ledalero. Close to the seminary there is plenty of new orders and religious congregations. Each time I am invited to say mass, I hear beautiful songs and I see young boys and girls who wish to consecrate themselves to God and to the Church.
There is still a lot of formation work to be done. The Church on the island is still young and growing, so she requires consolidation and deepening. There is need to strengthen the faith of believers and their responsibility for the Church. It is very important to pray for the new missionaries and new vocations. Because not only a big number of vocations is imprtant, but also the result of the whole process of formation. Overall, the vocation to the religious life is a mystery, and only the Lord Jesus knows the hearts of his disciples.