Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – A special program of study and training to lay people dedicated to making them protagonists of the apostolate: this is the initiative launched in 2010 by the Jesuits in Australia, aimed at strengthening the role and activity of the laity in pastoral and evangelization. "The laity are fundamental to the Christian presence and proclamation of the Gospel in society and secular structures. They need to understand their role better and become effective evangelists," overcoming resistance and shyness, the Jesuits in Australia tell Fides.
The program will focus on the figure of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, as a model and reference point for spiritual formation lived in the world and being ready to be a missionary. "Ignatius made his journey in life: each of us is called to do the same, according to the mission God has entrusted to him," says Martin Scroop, Director of the Loyola Institute, in presenting the training program.
The program will be open to the different provinces in Australia, involving many religious, theologians, and members of local churches. There is also a part of "field training,” with specific public missionary initiatives in several cities. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 5/01/2009)