AMERICA/VENEZUELA - "Church, your name is mission": new Venezuelan edition of the CELAM Missiology Manual

Friday, 3 December 2021 evangelization   formation   missionary animation   seminaries   priests   laity  

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - The new "CELAM Missiology Manual, Church your name is mission", which is in its third edition, is intended for priests, religious and lay people. Created by experts in missiology from the continent and offers essential content for the initial and continuing training of missionaries. This edition, revised by Monsignor Raúl Biord Castillo, author of the chapter on the theological foundations of the Mission, was coordinated by Father Endeer Zapata, author of the chapter on the biblical foundations of the Mission and director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of the Venezuela until May 2020. Ricardo Guillén, new director of OPM-Venezuela, who during the meeting with the seminarians of the diocese of Trujillo underlined the thematic richness of the Manual, which is a source of consultation for the chair of missiology, planned in the theological curriculum for the formation of priests and encouraged those present to deepen the contents of missionary theology as a source of inspiration for ordinary pastoral and missionary activity. "We present this Manual as a grant so that seminarians and religious formators can find in the study of Missiology the inspiration for a fully animated ministerial and religious life, centered on the Mission", commented Father Guillén. We also offer it to the many pastoral agents of the apostolic vicariates and of the particular Churches. It is a sign of the commitment of the Church in Venezuela so that pastoral conversion is an authentic missionary conversion according to the missionary mandate of Jesus and the indications of Pope Francis". The meeting of the National Director of the PMS with the seminarians of Trujillo was also an opportunity to illustrate the mission of the PMS: "Thanks to the missionary renewal promoted by Pope Francis we are experiencing great spiritual richness, let us thank God for the missionary enthusiasm of the Church of Trujillo, which since its last diocesan synod has proclaimed itself a "missionary Church in the making", as well as for the many lay missionaries, consecrated persons and priests who offer their missionary cooperation to other churches in Venezuela and beyond its borders". (E.G.) (Agenzia Fides, 3/12/2021)