21 October, officially the final day of International communication coordinator’s seminar in Rome. Conclusion of the seminar was on a mission note, with the Mission Sunday Celebration at the SVD Generalate.
Witnessing the missionary aspect in an intercultural context was the focus of the day. Other than SVD, SSpS, there were also lay collaborators from different countries. An integrated and contextualized Holy Eucharist with rituals of different cultures added festivity of the day. Short Audio visual presentation on Arnold’s family gave a glimpse of our Missionary activities in different continents. We also had the stories of two great missionaries of our time to share- Fr. Marian Zeleak SVD, a Missionary to India who is already declared as the Servant of God and is on the path to beatification and Sr. Veronika Reckova SSpS, who was martyred in South Sudan. The live stories shared about them by the persons who knew them, was inspiring. Sr. Nancy Noguera SSpS who worked and lived with Sr. Veronika in South Sudan and Sr. Jeroslava Starsia SSpS who knew her closely in Slovakia shared inspiring experiences that moved hearts.
Richness of the culture is the deliciousness of the meal! The lunch was multi cuisine- covering different flavors of the world. The day ended in an entertainment note in which Cultural events from different countries were showcased. We, from our part sang the hymn “carry your candle…” clad in ethnic attires of the countries we represent.