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Creative Fidelity to Mission and Ministries: An Overview of our Strategic Plan 2010-2016

Our vision is clear. – “Evangelizare pauperibus misit me!”

But how do we turn that vision into a reality?

We need a strategy  to evangelize the poor effectively in the 21st century.

“The poor sometimes suffer more from lack of “order” than from lack of charitable persons.” – St. Vincent (SV XIII, 423)

After “listening to the cries of the poor”  and reading the signs of the times the members of the General Assembly 2010 agreed on a Strategic Plan, also called  “Lines of Action”  as objectives to be implemented in the Congregation during the next five years until 2016.

The key priorities are

  • Personal Renewal
  • Structural Renewal
  • Creativity
  • Dialog
  • Systemic Change

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Yearly Objectives and Specific Methods for implementation

Priorities for  Personal Renewal

Creative fidelity to our Mission and Ministries in following Christ, the Evangelizer of the Poor,  calls us to

  • Make the Word of God in our lives
  • Seek the mystical-prophetic and communal dimensions of our lives
  • Adapt formation to the needs of the 21st century
  • Make  on going formation as our daily commitment
  • Develop an openness to the  languages and the techniques of the digital world
You suggest the following two are to be omitted but since they are in the Lines of action where should they go
  • Seek interchange of formational experiences
  • Look for New ministerial spaces for the Brothers’ vocation


The community is not now what it once was, not is it what it will be.
Vincent

The wise management of resources, on the one hand, must conform to the basic rules of justice within the community and, on the other, assure the viability of the work of mission and charity.
Creative fidelity to our Mission and Ministries in following Christ, the Evangelizer of the Poor,  calls us to

  • Explore more effective organizational structures
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging to the wider Congregation
  • Create spaces for inter-provincial collaboration at the administrative level
  • Share human and financial resources

I believe there ought to be a very convincing reason for reconfiguration.  We discovered discover reconfiguration was the best way to continue the mission of the Congregation in the United States in the future.  Our reason was the mission.  Thus the mission ought to determine the configuration that is most needed in the twenty-first century. ” Perry Henry, CM, First Provincial of the recentlyh reconfigured Western Province, USA 

Key texts from the 2010 Lines of Action

 

“…the Congregation of the Mission, faithful to the gospel, and always attentive to the signs of the times and the more urgent calls of the Church, should take care to open up new ways and use new means adapted to the circumstances of time and place. Moreover, it should strive to evaluate and plan its works and ministries, and in this way remain in a continual state of renewal.” (Constitutions Article 2)

Vincent was deeply impressed with God’s creativity in the Eucharist. Vincent tells a brother, “love is creative even to infinity ”

Creative fidelity to our Mission and Ministries in following Christ, the Evangelizer of the Poor,  calls us to

  • Enhance our missionary dimension …by participating in new and challenging missionary projects (Lines 4.1, 4.2)
  • Undertake new forms of service to the clergy (Lines 4.3)
  • Undertake new works of evangelization … Support at the provincial level challenging works (Lines 4.6, 4.4)
  • Support pastoral practices centered on the word of God, attention to the signs of the times and a central role for the laity. (Lines 4.5)
  • Go to the most distant and  most withdrawn missions (Lines 4.7)
  • Participate in commissions for justice, peace and the integrity of creation (Lines 4.8)
Creativity in Ministry – Robert Maloney, CM (Powerpoint)

“23. One of the salient features of the modern world is the growing interdependence of men one on the other, a development promoted chiefly by modern technical advances. Nevertheless brotherly dialogue among men does not reach its perfection on the level of technical progress, but on the deeper level of interpersonal relationships. These demand a mutual respect for the full spiritual dignity of the person. Christian revelation contributes greatly to the promotion of this communion between persons, and at the same time leads us to a deeper understanding of the laws of social life which the Creator has written into man’s moral and spiritual nature.” Church in the Modern World

Creative fidelity to our Mission and Ministries in following Christ, the Evangelizer of the Poor,  calls us to

Dialogue with the Poor and with the Vincentian Family

a) with the Poor

  • Listening to the poor and participate in their lives, sufferings and hopes
  • Enabling them to become  agents of their own freedom

b) with the Vincentian Family as Vincentian Family

  • Fostering theological reflection on the charism with the laity
  • Intensifying the collaboration with the Vincentian Family
  • Commiting ourselves to work in the evangelization of the poor with others who share our vision

Systemic change subscribes to the view that there are not only poor persons, but that in societies, there are structures that keep the poor oppressed and impoverished. As a pastoral practice, it focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty in its causes and it empowers the poor to take responsibility and direction for their destiny. Systemic change is a framework for organized and effective charity. It involves the interrelationship between proclaiming God’s Word, pastoral activities, and engagement with systems that affect the poor.”

Creative fidelity to our Mission and Ministries in following Christ, the Evangelizer of the Poor,  calls us to

  • Favor works that promote systemic change
  • Be attentive to the signs of the times in the present global context.
  • Favor team work and networking
  • Form missionaries for personal, conversion and pastoral and structural change
  • Provide legal assistance for the defense of the poor and the promotion of justice
  • Create programs that counteract human trafficking and assure the promotion of life, access to universal health care, care for the environment, the dignity of women and children, the rights of migrants and participation in civil society..

Why Systemic Change

Society as a System

When elements that influence the lives of people within a societal system — family, institutions, jobs, housing, food and drink, health care, education, moral values, spiritual development, and more — function together positively, people thrive. If one or several of these elements are lacking, the whole system begins to break down.

Changing Structures – Changing Lives

In works among the poor, our focus must be broader than any one particular problem; we must aim beyond providing food, clothing and shelter to alleviate the immediate needs of the poor. Systemic change focuses on assisting the needy to change the overall structures within which they live. It looks to their being able to develop strategies by which they can emerge from poverty.

Towards a Deeper Understanding of Systemic Change

Yearly objectives

Key tests from the Lines of Action

·   To favor works that promote systemic change in society, develop local self-government, formation of self-help groups and indigenous micro-credit programs;
·   TO SUPPORT AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL CHALLENGING WORKS, AND To favor teamwork and networking;
·   To form missionaries with a methodology & spirituality that favor personal, conversion, pastoral, and structural change;
·   To provide legal assistance for the defense of the poor and the promotion of justice;
·   To create programs that counter human trafficking and assure the promotion of life, access to universal health care, care for the environment, the dignity of women and children, the rights of migrants, and participation in civil society.
·   TO GO TO THE MOST DISTANT (AD GENTES) AND TO DRAW NEAR TO THE MOST WITHDRAWN (MISSIONS INTER GENTES).

Visitors Meeting 2013

Previous Assemblies

1986, 1992, 19982004 (PDF) 2004 (Word Doc)

Letters of Pope John Paul II  to General Assembly Delegates