Best Practices

“I live with HIV, not AIDS” was the opening statement of the awareness movie presented to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Indore, India: A Medical Camp was organized at Janivkas Kendra on 26th June 2014 from 11am to 3pm. The camp was organized in collaboration with Index Medical College and Research Center, Indore.

Rome, June 29, 2014: All the participants of the new Provincials Workshop of the SVDs (Society of the Divine Word) along with the Generalate and the Nemi staff celebrated the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the Domitilla Catacombs, Rome. Fr. Robert Kisala, SVD, the Vice General was the main celebrant.

It was in 2007 when I was assigned to Kichijoji Church in Tokyo. One of the things I took charge of was a Bible class for beginners. A young man in his early 30’s came into the room, silently sat down, finished the class and, with only his name known to us, quietly left.

Mr. Guido Tallone, an expert in educational processes concerning “parents in dialogue”, has offered his services for free to moms and dads. In these meetings, they can get guidance on how to deal with relational situations and issues pertaining to family environment.

The University Pastoral Center (UPeCe) of Saint Joseph Freinademetz in Bratislava celebrated 20 years of existence this month. It was during the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop Stanislav Zvolenský, Archbishop of Bratislava on the occasion of the opening of the academic year.

Two big events of the youth were held in the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) parishes of St. Fidelis Dolok Sanggul of the North Sumatera District and St. Francis Xavier Parish Meliau of the West Borneo District (Indonesia) on 17-19 June 2017 and 30 June-July 2 respectively.

When a person just comes across the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Botswana, one can see a place called Kasane where thousands of tourists come every year from all over the world to visit nature and the animals and go for safaris. Unfortunately, the people living in the area are faced with difficulties and challenging realities.

Adolescent girls from different slums of Indore city gathered at Janvikas to participate in the summer camp. The day was filled with lot of activities coupled with fun. 50 girls from different slums participated in various competitions like Drawing and Painting, Rangoli and Mehandi designing.

On Saturday 10th August 2014, a group of 21 international students together with Father Avin visited the Parish of Adreas-Peter and Paul located in Maasluis West. This parish is one of the churches that father Avin is the overseeing priest. The students travelled to Schiedam where they were joined by father Avin and later proceeded to Maasluis West.

A Divine word missionary, Fr.Dr.Avin Kunnekkadan SVD is working for international students in the Netherlands. I shall share my personal mission experience as an international student chaplain in the university campus. I hope that my sharing will help you to get some insight into international student chaplaincy mission (ISC) which for many students is a place of hope and a home away from home.

Nemi (Rome), June 22, 2014: The workshop for the new Provincials of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) began today with the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Heinz Kuluke, the Superior General and concelebrated by the four Zonal Coordinators.

In Switzerland, as elsewhere in Europe, churches with their orderly and organized parish life, are not the places that young people frequent on a regular basis.

The people of Central Western Queensland are facing a tough ordeal as drought continues to threaten their livelihoods and well-being. However, Fr. Ronaldo Rodriguez says he has been heartened by the generosity of people, across the Diocese of Rockhampton and beyond, to offer a helping hand to his suffering parishioners.

Fr. Richard Daschbach, a native of Pittsburgh, USA is the founder and director of Topu Honis Shelter Home in East Timor. Topu Honis was founded in 1993 and provides a loving happy home for children. The mission of Topu Honis Shelter Home is “To provide a home for those who don’t have one.”

STORIES OF REFUGEES IN SPAIN

Since the social Media started informing the rest of the world about the situation of Syrian refugees, and of the measures being taken by the European Union to receive them, a lot of stories have been published. Who are the main protagonists? children, youth, adults and aged who fled certain death in a war-torn country.


Vivat International, Spain has come to know the story of a Syrian family made up of a father, a mother and four children. They have asked us to protect their identity and for that reason, we will not publish their names here. They are Syrian refugees received by the Spanish state, and have been living for the past five months in the neighbourhood of San Cristóbal in Madrid, in a house rented and paid for by ACNUR for six months, of which five have already gone by. Whiles we think of what will happen when the aid ends, (where will they live?), they narrate the events surrounding their escape from Syria.


"Our story is the same as that of many more from my country, those who fled in order to avoid death. It took us three years and two months to make our getaway. The bombs destroyed our house, our little son who was only thirty days old, died in the bombings, together with other family relations: my father, my brother and my father in-law. We lived underground in terror, with neither food nor drink, forcing the men to venture outside during the nights into the fields to collect leaves, fruits or animals, be it a dog or a cat, anything edible for the sake of survival", recounts the refugee.


The man narrates that in the midst of so much anguish, one day hope arrived when after waiting for so long, he managed to flee with his family into Jordan, in the night, with nothing, his wife pregnant and tired, asked him to go on without her for she could no longer continue. However, clutching her by the waist and with the children in tow, they managed to finish the journey. It took them twenty days, hiding during the day and walking during the night to avoid capture.
Living crammed up in a small tent, without basic amenities and without medical assistance, the father of this "fugitive family" was forced to venture into the streets in search of sustenance for his wife and kids, but he was grabbed by the army and was maltreated and once again, despair invaded his improvised home. Light, however showed bright at the end of the tunnel, when they came into contact with ACCEM, an NGO dedicated to bettering the conditions of living of refugees, migrants and people living in precarious situations or in danger of social exclusion. The NGO explained to them the possibility of coming to Spain as refugees.


They did not think twice about it and decided immediately to accept the proposal, which through the help of ACNUR, they were able to realize, backed by the Spanish Embassy's organization of the journey, processing their passports and required documentations, until finally, five months later, they were brought to Madrid aboard a plane.


Refugees today
They lived for nine months in a refuge for refugee foreigners, their room measuring only 25m2. Now, their principal objective is to find work and live independently. Their rent will be paid for only one more month and after that, they don't know what will happen next. Meanwhile, they continue to receive help from Caritas where the wife is taking a course in literacy for immigrants.


In light of all this, one would think they would fall back into despair, but they assure us that they are contented and thankful because their children are in school and are well received. However, they have a message for those who wield the power to decide on their situation and that of other migrants and refugees in the world: "Let the borders be opened, and may justice be applied equally for all".By: Vivat International España

By. Vivat International, Spain

By: Modeste Munimi, SVD.

The immigrants form part of the daily panorama of our cities, estates and Churches. In the faces of the immigrants we contemplate the image of Christ who said: “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me” (Mt 2: 35).

The recent events in the news make us see the migratory phenomenon like an inevitable drama for many people that don’t have any alternative. Melilla (Spain) is almost an evident tragedy. In recent months, hundreds of immigrants have attempted to storm the 6m-high border fence. It is the major attempt registered until now.

Melilla is only a tip of the iceberg to know that there are a lot of stories behind the people who come from other countries and cultures, seeking to survive or give a better future to their families from a far.

Despite their illegal situation, the immigrant is a human being, created and loved by God. Therefore, he has his dignity and rights. Crossing borders to look for a better life, the immigrant leaves behind a family, relatives, friends, etc. The new hard situation makes him begin life all over again; look for a job and integrate himself into a new society, different from his. It is something not always simple, but possible, thanks to the work of many non-governmental organizations, associations, Caritas and religious congregations. The congregation of The Divine Word Missionaries is one of them.

Father Marcel Kakrabah-Quarshie, a Ghanaian Divine Word missionary, started two years ago with a group of 10 south-Saharan immigrants in the parish of Our Lady of Carmen in the estate of Su Eminencia in Sevilla. Today, the group has hundreds of immigrants, originating from Nigeria and Ghana. In the beginning, they were meeting on Saturdays to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in English. After the mass, they meet in the parish hall, where they take some refreshments and share their joys and sorrows.

“It is the only moment of the week that I experience interior peace. I forget the daily sufferings and struggles. The time in the mass celebrated by Fr. Marcel and later the sharing with the other brothers who live in the same situation like me, give me back hope”, confesses one of the immigrants.

 

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(Fr. Marcel Kakrabah-Quarshie, SVD at the center)

Slowly by slowly, the group has been expanding and more than the service offered in the parish, there is the Association Casa de todos (the House of All). This is an initiative by three congregations, among which is the congregation of the Divine Word. In this association, they offer training for both Spanish and immigrants’ families in risk of social exclusion. Spanish language courses, psychological attendance and job advice, are among the many areas of service they have. In doing this, there is participation and assistance of qualified personnel and of course a good number of volunteers.

 

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Article of interest on Migration (News Stories, 2 October 2014)