EUROPE/ENGLAND – Secretary General of PMU: “The example of Christian life and the proclamation of Christ are inseparable”

di | 06/23/2022

London – To nourish a missionary spirit: Father Dinh Anh Nhue Nguyen, OFM Conv, Secretary General of the Pontifical Missionary Union , Director of Ciam and Agenzia Fides, focused on this theme and opened the works of the National Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United Kingdom. The Secretary General of PMU inaugurated the three days with an afternoon study session on missionary spirituality. After the introduction by the English PMS aimed at providing an overview of its work in the context of the local church, Father Nguyen continued with his report which began with the episode of Luke’s Gospel on the multiplication of loaves and fish. The Gospel episode was taken as a model to introduce the broader theme of a life lived under the sign of mission. Father Nguyen explained the missionary context of the multiplication of bread, the “complete” bread offered by Jesus and the mission of the community of the faithful.
Taking a cue from Pope Francis’ Message of World Mission Day 2022, Father Dinh provided some food for thought to the participants in the Assembly of the English PMS. “A deeper look at the words ‘You will be my witnesses’ can clarify some aspects that are always relevant to the mission that Christ entrusted to the disciples. The plural form of the verb underlines the community and ecclesial character of the missionary vocation of the disciples – commented Father Nguyen -. Every baptized person is called to mission, in the Church and by mandate of the Church: consequently, the mission is accomplished together, not individually, in communion with the ecclesial community, and not on one’s own initiative”.
The Secretary General of PMU addressed the indissoluble link between the example of Christian life and the proclamation of Christ: “One is at the service of the other. They are the two lungs with which every community must breathe if it wants to be missionary. This type of complete, coherent and joyful witness of Christ will certainly be a force of attraction also for the growth of the Church in the third millennium. I urge everyone to have the courage, frankness and parrhesia of the first Christians, to bear witness to Christ with words and deeds in every area of life”.
Father Nguyen then recalled the charismatic origin of the PMS, as stated by Pope Francis in the message of World Mission Day 2022, and suggested to those present some concrete themes for cultivating missionary spirituality in everyday life.
The Assembly then continued with sessions dedicated to the fundraising strategy, its analysis and possible paths to be taken before ending yesterday with the conclusions by the National Director of the English PMS.

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