The Verbum Dei Missionary Family in Cebu, Philippines gathered last Sunday, August 31, 2014 for the Second part of the Local Family Assembly in the VD Retreat House in Banawa, Cebu. The theme of the assembly was “One in Mind and Heart in Forming Apostles of Christ” (Acts 4:32 / VD Statues 1.2, 4). The Local Family Assembly is done twice a year. The first part was conducted last January. In the recent assembly, the VDMF informed the members of their Family their project within the next three years which is to walk together being one in mind and heart in the intentionality of forming apostles.
The assembly started with prayer guidelines delivered by Florenei Rosaña, a lay disciple of the VDMFa from the youth group. The morning prayer set the mood for the assembly as it started the fire in the hearts of all those who attended to really take part in sharing the responsibility of forming apostles. After the guidelines, Bro. Darwin Capuras, FMVD presented the main agenda of the 2nd Local Assembly based from the charism of the FMVD focusing in the specific areas of the missionary life: Accompaniment, Mission, Organization and Formation. The objective will be to center in “Fostering in each member of the VDMFa an increased awareness, assimilation and creative fidelity in the charism in a renewed missionary intentionality.” Each area was thoroughly explained with the help of a powerpoint presentation supplemented by a booklet that contains all the necessary information that every member of the VDMFa must know about the 3-year project.
After the main agenda, Aida Carpela, a lay consecrated missionary of the VDMFa, initiated a workshop as to how each member of the family can respond and live out the intention of forming apostles based from the 4 areas that was being discussed by Bro. Darwin. This is done by reality – Youth, Singles, Couples, Mary’s friends, and Hijas de Marias. Since the workshop was quite long, this was continued after lunch. At 2:30 pm (+8:00 GMT), there was a sharing from every reality which yielded to the formation of three new realities – the Kids (ages 3-10), the Teenagers (ages 11-16), and the Thank God It’s Friday group (mainly for the new members of the family and those who cannot frequently attend the different apostolates with ages ranging 21-35). The final schedules of these new realities will still be fixed to avoid conflict of the existing schedules and venues. There were also new coordinators of these new realities – Aida Carpela for the Kids, Bro. Darwin Capuras, FMVD for the Teenagers, and Fr. Gerson Ortiz, FMVD for the TGIF group.
After the plenary, Sr. Maggie Gustilo, FMVD presented the plan of the construction of the New Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Cebu. No details were given as of the moment but everyone felt the need for the realization of this dream. The assembly was culminated with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
In the mass was also the Profession of Commitment of the disciples – both for the first timers and the renewing ones – in accordance of the VD Statutes #80. The assembly ended leaving each member with a fire in their hearts and hope for the ever growing family members of Verbum Dei in Cebu.
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