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- Published: Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:42
APIA CELEBRATES IN BANGALORE
ON August 21st, the MSC of the Indian Union celebrated their first twenty-five years of existence. The eighty-five members of the Union were joined by the MSC leaders of Asia and the Pacific, together with two of the General Council, for a special mass and celebration at Chevalier Bhavan , Bellendur Gate, Bangalore.
Over ten days the MSC leadership of Asia and the Pacific has met in Bangalore India. The meeting of APIA [Asia, Pacific Islands, Australasia] occurs every two years and this year coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the Indian MSC Union.
The Brothers session held in the first week recommended greater formation opportunities, more opportunity for brothers to be involved in the mission ad gentes and called on all MSC to discover their primary call as religious rather than focussing on the vocation to the ministerial priesthood.
Formators also met during APIA. They urged APIA to sponsor a course in MSC Spirituality that would cater for the needs of formators. They observed that the available formation courses did not ground formators in the unique charism and spirituality of the MSC. The question of a joint novitiate for some of the members of APIA was explored.
The final session of APIA was a meeting of the Superiors of the APIA region along with two members of the General Council. The APIA group is the largest of the three MSC sectors around the globe and includes more than 50% of the membership.
Professional Standards was one of the topics considered at some length. It was noted that in some areas Church leadership had yet to take any public stance on the matter. Cooperation on this issue was hampered in some areas as the major religious superiors actually did not live in the country. It was agreed that countries such as Australia would circulate their procedures and protocols to all the MSC leadership in Asia.