Members reminded of missions’ significance at workshop


TWENTY members of the dioceses in PNG and the Solomon Islands have been reminded of the significance of missions at a laity workshop held at the Catholic Bishops conference in Port Moresby.
Facilitators from the East Asia Pastoral Institute in the Philippines, Carmencita Rojas and theology professor Denis Gonzales also attended.
Pontifical Mission Society director Fr Valentine Gryk said the workshop was about communicating a clear vision of the Catholic Laity in the two countries – their noble vocation as a holy laity.
“They are being formed for a mission in the church and society.
“It is meant to deepen their sense of dignity as shares, partners, and co-workers in the one mission of the church.
“And in the particular domain wherein they are front-liners,” he said.
As a result of the workshop, the participating lay coordinators are expected to integrate their new learning and re-echo the key ideas to their dioceses.
“They will draft a simple, realistic plan of action to share with their team in the diocese.
“The mission should not be reduced to some activities.
It should be the DNA of our Christian identity and existence,” he said.
Secretary of the Laity Commission Eva Wangihama said the workshop was to advocate coordinators to make their structured approaches more parish-orientated rather than diocesan-based.