Lay leaders prepare to hear and celebrate God’s Word.
Once or twice a year I have the opportunity to speak with older Oblate priests and diocesan missionary priests about what the missions were like fifty or sixty years ago. I need to keep in mind
There were heroic groups of religious women who operated clinics and hospitals in remote areas
Lay formation participants during one of the training sessions at the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre’s Ministries Program.
Things have changed. Now there is not the same number of clergy to be posted in fairly small mission communities
So the growth of lay leadership in the many churches and missions is not meant to replace the priest
This issue of our magazine gives fine illustrations of the good work done by lay leaders
I am encouraged that the participants in the many lay leadership structures that we assist financially each year always have such good things to say about their centres of learning and preparation in ministry. The Jesuit missionaries operate the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre
Helping to keep the faith alive is essential in the furthest missions