Superior Generalis Societatis Verbi Divini
Curia Generalizia SVD
Via dei Verbiti, 1
00154 Roma, Italia
Warm greetings from Rome. I am elated to be able to greet you again, in the name of the SVD General Council and all the members of the SVD Generalate, on the occasion of your PAX International Reunion this year.
I send these greetings ahead of my arrival in Toronto to actually join your reunion for the first time. Indeed, I very much look forward to meeting all of you and joining all of the activities of the reunion. Thank you very much for your invitation to join you this year. I’ve always been invited to your reunions and, indeed, I’ve always wanted to be present at at least one of your reunions. Finally, this year, this has become possible.
This is the first PAX Reunion after the Philippine SVD Centennial celebrations last year, at which some of you participated. I had the opportunity, at the Grand Alumni Homecoming at CKMS, to issue the challenge of developing a “lay expression” of the charism of the Founder, St. Arnold Janssen. I believe this question will be one of the matters for discussion and reflection at the reunion in Toronto this year. I look forward, indeed, to a rich exchange of ideas and experiences on this issue.
However, we should not turn the reunion into a seminar or an academic gathering. As we know, the reunion is an opportunity for renewing and further strengthening the ties that bind us – one of which, naturally, is the “SVD spirit”. And doing this requires not just discussion and common reflection but also all the activities planned during the reunion. So, let me wish all of you an enjoyable time together, with all the fun and frolic that a true reunion entails. Special greetings to your families. I trust that the women and children will enjoy the gathering as much as the men.
Please know that your friends and former co-seminarians here in Rome will be with you in spirit and in prayer. Let us pray that Sts. Arnold and Joseph will be with us during the reunion. Through their intercession, may the Divine Word always be the source of your unity and togetherness. Mabuhay, PAX International!
Fraternally in the Divine Word,
Antonio M. Pernia, SVD