The main organizer of the event, Sr. Olga Massango told ACI Africa that the virtual “event was a Pauline way to celebrate World Mission Sunday in times of COVID-19 challenges as today the world provide us with new mission, that of reaching out to the people of God with the gospel message using the all the digital platforms.”
Citing St. John Paul II, the Mozambican Pauline Sister further said, “Popular mission is effective when... it drives conversion, that is, to return to the truth and friendship of God, those who had lost faith and grace through sin.”
The followers of Christ who have experienced conversion and returned to friendship with God, Sr. Olga said, are “called to a life more perfect to the Christian routines, fervor in souls, to live the beatitudes, and to bring vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.”
Speaking during the virtual session, Fr. Joakim told the participants that God reaches out to his people on daily basis, inviting them to His service that continually requires “laborers.”
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“Answering God's call is a daily activity and it is very fulfilling to answer Here am I, send me,” he said.
The Consolata Missionary Cleric who has previously served in Brazil for over 20 years added, “It is very fulfilling to take into consideration the mission that God has given to us and also to take into consideration the fact that the harvest is plentiful, but still, laborers are very few.”
“Mission is simply to put yourself at the service of God and at the service of humanity,” he further said during his input on topic, “Biblical and Pastoral Approach to Popular Mission in the light of Pope Francis' Message of World Day of Missions.”
He went on to encourage the participants to face their respective ministries in the mission with courage and zeal and urged them to be a source of encouragement to others to respond to God’s call for missionaries.
“There is a need for us to work for vocations, missionary vocations so that we can guarantee the future of the missionary Church – the future of this nature of the church, which is missionary as we were told, particularly by the Vatican II Council, the documents of Lumen Gentium and the Ad gentes,” Fr. Joakim said.
He added, “When we go out for missionary work, we should not be looking for comfort, abundance, and for security. We should look for the essence of that mission and that is announcing the mission of God, the salvation of God, the grace of God to his people.”
At the online event, a new book titled “Freedom and Trinity” by the late Italian-born Consolata Missionary Cleric, Fr. Nicola Fogliacco was presented by Fr. Bernard Dennis Ofwono. The Ugandan-born Consolata Missionary Priest used the virtual occasion to highlight the pastoral perspective of the new book in today's world.