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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

An Interview with the Assumptionist Delegate for Asia

Assumptionists, Philippines.

For you, what are the highlights for Assumptionists in Asia for the year 2012?

First of all, there is a growing number of young religious: The Lord continues to send us vocations even in countries where we are not present at this time, such as China and India.

Apostolic initiatives are showing us a new path. Besides formation and vocation ministry, there is a priority which is present in Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines. In Korea: the social orientation with the opening of the house for handicapped boys with the assistance of a social worker and the pilgrimage to follow the footsteps of the Korean martyrs; in Vietnam, the orphanage, the intellectual formation of the brothers, the media (Bayard), the collaboration with the laity, the openness to mission; in the Philippines, solidarity with the poor (the work in a slum area, scholarships, an emergency fund for the typhoon) education, (Bayard Media and Assumption Language Center), its openness to Asia or other Asian countries.

I would like to emphasize the opening of the mission. Many Vietnamese brothers are reinforcing the communities in France. In Korea, they have a pastoral ministry to the immigrants and also in Russia and Africa. Two Filipino Brothers had strengthened the community of Athens during Holy Week, especially to the Filipino and African communities. A Filipino Deacon is going to Mexico, and another is becoming Assistant Master of Novices in the United States.

What opportunities do you see in the future?

There are new opportunities which are being presented in the continent. Among others I would point out the increasing collaboration with Bayard (publishing) and Assumption College (two mobilizing works of the Assumptionist Congregation), the partnership with the existing effort in finances; the participation in vocational camps in China, the presence of the Assumption Sisters and our collaboration with them.

Assumptionists first vows, Philippines.

For you, what are the priorities?

In the three countries where we are located, formation is a mobilizing work but there are few qualified workers in the field. Often very young religious are called to important responsibilities as that of Master of Novices or the formator of postulants. We lack older religious to transmit the charism and to accompany those who present themselves – either young or old. During the first meeting of the Assumptionist Asian Coordination Committee, we noted a number of points that are needed to be worked on. Such as the apostolate in the continent, and in each country, for many religious are overburdened; a plan for formation for the Brothers in Asia, integrating international experiences with the learning of languages; frequent collaboration with the novitiates of Vietnam and the Philippines.

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