Andhra Mission Congress concludes with new confidence

May 21, 2012 by  
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Andhra Pradesh, May 16, 2012: A plan of action prepared for carrying forward the mission congress in the region.

The three day Mission Congress concluded with a vision statement giving the largest NGO, the Catholic Church in Andhra Pradesh a future direction.

Andhra Church is well formed and firmly rooted in her context and culture and is geared to boldly carry forward the work of Lord’s mission.

The first ever historic Mission Congress, Prabhu Yesu Mahotsavam, of the Catholic Church in Andhra Pradesh, convoked by the Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ Council and organized by the APBC Commission for Proclamation, took place from May 08-11, 2012 at Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada.

Over 1500 delegates from the 13 dioceses of the region, including 11 Bishops, nearly 500 priests and religious, and above 1000 lay faithful actively participated in the three-day Mahotsavam that was inaugurated by the Apostolic Nuncio Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio. Focusing on the theme, “Let your Light Shine”, the liturgical services, in-puts, sharing sessions, and the cultural programmes of the three days turned out to be joyful celebration of Christian faith.

The first day of the Mahotsavam was spent recalling with gratitude the spreading of the light of faith by the missionaries and their collaborators, and reflecting on the meaning and implications of the accepting Jesus as “the Light of the World” through various testimonies.

The programmes of the second day manifested the living of the faith in day today life and witnessing to it through various services in the social, educational and health ministries, old pious associations, and new Christian movements in accordance with the mandate of our Guru Jesus Christ, “You are the Light of the World”.

A critical analysis and assessment of the Church in Andhra Pradesh was made in the light of Vatican II’s vision of the Church. It brought out areas where the light of faith is dimmed and dark shadows are cast infected by casteism and consumerism, and by discrimination and disempowerment, and affected by injustice and inequality. The last day was utilized for preparing the plan of action for carrying forward the mission in the region. The areas and avenues, ways and means, paths and persons, approaches and opportunities were explored through personal sharing by the delegates and resource persons. A final statement containing the summary of the proceedings and findings of the Mission Congress was formulated highlighting the future plan for the mission in the region.

The coming together of the Church in Andhra to celebrate Prabhu Yesu Mahotsavam manifested her rich Catholic heritage and demonstrated the rootedness of the Christian faith in the lives and struggles of people. During the inaugural Mass of the Mahotsavam, a slim edition of the revised Telugu Bible, brought out by the JUST trust in collaboration with the APBC Commission for Bible, and a book on the contextual mission titled, Marching with the Marginalised by Fr Anthoniraj Thumma, the Deputy Secretary of the APBC, were released by the Apostolic Nuncio. The third volume of the three-volume compilation of the history of the Church in A.P. written by Dr Gurram Pratap in Telugu, and a CD containing the theme song and other hymns of the Mahotsavam were also released.

These productions, the liturgical hymns, and the local/folk Christian art forms illustrate that the local Church of A.P. is well formed and firmly rooted in her context and culture. The depth of faith manifested in the sharing sessions and speeches of the Mission Congress go to prove that the Church in Andhra has come of age.

Enlivened and empowered by the Prabhu Yesu Mahotsavam, the local Church is geared to boldly carry forward the work of Lord’s mission. Filled with fresh enlightenment and renewed commitment she is marching towards new evangelization for realizing the Divine Reign of Love, Justice and Peace in the region.

– fr dr anthoniraj thumma / crib

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