“Together Ease Miseries” gathered together clergy, and laypeople representing the Baha’i faith, Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and indigenous faiths such as Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Minh Ly Thanh Hoi.
People shared their experience of the positive power of prayer, sang hymns and recited poems on religion.
Vo Ngoc Hong Phuc, a Baha’i, said: “If we are surrounded by serious difficulties and miseries, we should pray to God who always saves us”.
Cao Dai follower Le Nhu Hung agreed. “As people of religion, we must rely on God’s grace to relieve our miseries.”
Muslim Imam Trinh Ngoc Dat urged attendees to visit and provide material and spiritual support for victims of natural disasters, elderly people without relatives, patients and the marginalized.
Minh Tue, a Budhist monk, said the meeting raised awareness of religious faith that is strength helping people to release their miseries among people. He said local followers live in harmony and work together to provide health care for poor people in the city.
Father Francis Xavier Bao Loc, head of the Interfaith Dialogue Ministry committee, said the meeting aimed to promote dialogue and cooperation among local followers for the common good.
The event also marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and what would have been the 100th birthday of Han Mac Tu, a Catholic poet who suffered from leprosy and composed many great Catholic poems. He died in 1940.
With candles in hand, attendees closed the meeting with prayers for suffering people and the Prayer of Peace hymn by St. Francis Assisi.
Vietnam, October 30, 2012
Centering Prayer Meditation Groups meet regularly at the Janssen Centre
Group 1 meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
Centering Prayer Group 2 meets every other Tuesday beginning 6 January 2015, 10am-11am.
For further information contact Ria Parlevliet on 9720 2359.
For further information, visit: http://www.janssencentre.org/meditationgroups/cp-network-victoria
Meditation on Jesus for Healing & Good Health with Fr Gilbert Carlo SVD & Ms Jen Quested
through Meditation on the name of Jesus: Jesus is our Saviour
Breath Meditation: Jesus is our Life
Posture Meditation: Jesus is our Strength
Chanting Shalom: Jesus is our Peace
When? - 3rd Wednesday of every month (11am-12pm) (15 February, 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November)
Recommended Donation: Paper donation, Concession Card Holders: gold coin
Meditation on Jesus brings serenity, peace and joy.
Modern society with all its dissipating forces at work, distances us further and further away from inner peace and joy. In turn, we suffer from stress-related diseases. Meditation on Jesus tunes up, clams down, energises and heals our body, mind and spirit.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to pray and pray the Biblical texts with an open mind and heart?
Here is an opportunity to learn in a small group how to listen to what the scripture is saying to you.
Whenever we read a biblical text God always has a word or a phrase which He wishes us to use to deepen our relationship with Him. We listen to the “faint murmuring sound” which is God's word for us, God's voice touching our hearts. This gentle listening is an “atunement” to the presence of God in that special part of God's creation which is the Scriptures.
Reading and listening is the key in lectio divina.
In lectio we read slowly, gently listening to hear a word or phrase that is God's word for us this day.
Every Monday, 10am — 11am.
(Suggested Donation: Wage Earners: $5; Concession Card Holders: gold coin)
The Janssen Spiritualty Centre staff, friends and volunteers, are pleased to welcome Fr Nick de Groot SVD as the new JSC Director.
Fr Nick brings to the Centre several overseas interreligious and cross-cultural living experiences, including Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
He was born in The Hague in The Netherlands in 1943. His family migrated to Australia in 1953. After attending high school at Marist Brother's College in Ashgrove Queensland, Fr Nick joined the Society of the Divine Word in 1961. He studied philosophy and theology in Chicago and returned to Australia in 1969 for his ordination in Brisbane. He then returned to Europe and graduated with a Licentiate degree in Moral Theology from the Alfonsianum University in Rome in 1972.
His first assignment was to teach theology at the Major Seminary in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. After 6 years he was asked to become Novice Master in Marburg NSW. Before taking up this appointment, Fr Nick returned to Chicago for one year to undertake studies in Spirituality. In January 1980, he commenced as Novice Master and remained in this position for the next six years.
In 1987 he went to Tagaytay in the Philippines to teach Moral Theology in the major seminary. It was another experience of a new culture and language studies. By this time he had already lived in five different cultures and had studied 9 languages.
In 1990, Fr Nick was asked if he would be willing to return to Papua New Guinea to join the Melanesian Institute. (The Melanesian Institute (MI) was established in 1970 to do research and promotion of the traditional cultures of PNG. The MI is an ecumenical Institution with the staff coming from the Anglican, Lutheran, United and Catholic churches. The Institute undertakes research on family life, youth, women’s issues, land, politics and the affects of AIDS in PNG society.) He was Assistant Director for four years and Director of the Institute for 12 years.
As for many other priests everywhere, one hardly ever wears only one hat. During his time at the MI, he was chosen to be Chairman of the Board for the Divine Word University in Madang for 6 years; a member of the SVD Provincial Council for 8 years, with one year as Provincial when he became incapacitated; Director of the PNG Pontifical Mission Societies for 6 years and Chairman of the Board of Word Publishing Company for 10 years. Fortunately for him, not all these appointments were simultaneous.
In 2006, after 16 years at the Melanesian Institute, Fr Nick became the General Secretary for the Catholic Bishops Conference. From 2006 to 2009 he was at the Bishops Conference Centre in Port Moresby. He returned to Australia in September 2009 and has been in Yapoon, Queensland until becoming the new JSC Director.
The JSC team welcomes Fr Nick and looks forward to his leadership and guidance in developing new spirituality and cross-cultural programs.