Communion with Others

Building Bridges of Frienship

Joining hands with all those who are inspired by the same Spirit, such as our lay partners in mission and those who belong to other organizations, cultures and religions.

2018 - SSpS Year of Communion with Others

What the Year is About

Communion with Others is a broad concept that embraces the vast spectrum of the cultural and religious diversity of God’s people through dialogue and witness of life. Today more than ever, our mission is increasingly taking the form of dialogue, encounter and collaboration. Our 14th General Chapter Directions puts it this way:

We are called to join hands with all those who are inspired by the same Spirit, such as our lay partners in mission and those who belong to other organizations, cultures and religions.

  • We respect the distinct vocation of our lay partners and engage in mutual discernment and decision-making for the sake of the mission.
  • We network with other organizations and widen the circle of collaboration and friendship.
  • We reverently enter into a dialogue of life and action with people of other beliefs.
  • We creatively and responsibly use social media and modern technology to share the Good News of God’s love.

The Theme for this year is: Building Bridges of Friendship. We are beginning the year on the Solemnity of the Epiphany 2018 – even though it is celebrated on a different date in some Oriental Churches- because of its universal appeal as the celebration God’s revelation to all people. In a similar manner we will close the year on 25 January 2019 because it marks the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

In this page we will be sharing some general orientations, Pentecost novena, resources, links, articles and multimedia materials from the provinces, regions and communities.  We  look forward to your interest and contributions during this year.  

Together let us move toward Communion with Others, Building Bridges of Friendship.  

Some Activities during the Year of Communion with Others







The Founding Generation and Ecumenism

A Reflection by Sr. Vimla Mankottil, SSpS

Pentecost Novena 2018

Having concluded the memorial days of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, we look ahead now to the celebration of the great feast in honor of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost Novena 2018 was specially prepared for this year’s focused response to our 14th General Chapter Direction of Communion with Others.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the participants and staff of the recently concluded 12th SSpS International Formators’ Course who prepared the novena.  May God bless them abundantly for their generosity!

We trust that all communities in all provinces and regions will adapt this novena framework to the local context and share with our lay partners in mission. It is our fervent hope that this resource material will help each one to be open to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit, and thus be empowered to move deeper into Communion with Others, Building Bridges of Friendship. 

World Council of Churches Conference

Sr. Mary John, as a representative of the Roman Catholic Church, will participate in this event.  She will guide us in offering our prayerful support and keep us informed of the activities.

Conference Theme Song

Letter of Support from our Congregation

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Prayer for the Conference

God of life,

we praise you for Christ our Saviour and the gift of your Holy Spirit.
We thank you for the voice of Jesus calling us to follow him.
We offer to you the 2018 World Mission Conference meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.
We pray for your blessing on those who prepare the conference,
those who attend, and on all your people.
May we so move in your Holy Spirit that we will be transformed disciples transforming our world.
All for your glory, through Christ our Lord.

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

Fr. Markus Solo SVD’s Talk

Text of Fr. Markus’ Talk


Sr. Katarina Pavelová, SSpS - Rome

On the Feast of the Epiphany, we open the Year of Communion with Others.
The word ‘epiphany’ comes from the Greek word epiphaneia which means ‘manifestation’. The feast celebrates the revelation of God through his Son, Jesus Christ, who lived as one of us (Jn. 1:1-14). The liturgy of today reminds us of a triple revelation. The first is the miracle at Cana where Jesus reveals his glory and opens up the faith of believers. The second is at the baptism in the Jordan, where the Father reveals Jesus' divine filiation through the Spirit. The third is the visit of the wise men, where God is revealed to the people through the child Jesus.

Recommended Links for Communion with Others

Interfaith Friendship

Underneath the very real differences between religions and peoples lies a unifying foundation.

Interfaith Dialogue

Many regions of the world are becoming environments of multi-culture and multi-faith.

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

 A special department of the Roman Curia for relations with the people of other religions

World Council of Churches

Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

Decree on Ecumenism: Unitatis Redintegratio

The restoration of unity among all Christians is one principal concern of the II Vatican Council.

2018 Migrants and Refugees Message of Pope Francis

Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees.

One: A Song for Unity

Uses prayers from Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Ecumenism - Our Neglected Mandate

No matter what our particular Christian denomination, we are not Christ’s only followers.