Growing in the Spirit Seminar — formation for leaders

The leaders and members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Peninsular Malaysia came for a weekend experience and participation in the Growing in the Spirit Seminar (GSS) formation programme at the Shrine of Hope and Harmony, Minor Basilica of St Anne, September 16-18.

Sep 30, 2022

The leaders from the four languages groups at the GSS formation.


BUKIT MERTAJAM:
The leaders and members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Peninsular Malaysia came for a weekend experience and participation in the Growing in the Spirit Seminar (GSS) formation programme at the Shrine of Hope and Harmony, Minor Basilica of St Anne, September 16-18.

Episcopal Advisor to the Peninsular Malaysia Service Team (PMST) for the CCR and CHARIS, Bishop Sebastian Francis, in his keynote address reminded the participants of the bigger Vision and Mission of the Church in Asia and the importance of Unity of Continuity of the Mission — sharing resources with the old and young, the importance of service in communion. He also stressed that discipleship rooted in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist as the way forward for discipleship. We are called to be witnesses and not reporters.

Bishop Sebastian also explained the formation of CHARIS, an instrument at the service of the CCR, instituted as a commission for communities for the purpose of facilitating friendship, mutual service and communion between communities across the world. Bishop Sebastian went on to say, “What the Pope and the Church expect from this new service from CHARIS and from the entire CCR, is to share baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church, to serve the unity of the Body of Christ and to serve the poor and those in greatest need, physical or spiritual.”

PMST chairman Simon Matthew called to mind something often repeated by Pope Francis — that the CCR is “a current of grace for the whole Church.” If the CCR is a current of grace for the whole Church, we have a duty to ourselves, and to the Church, to explain what this current of grace is and why it is intended, and necessary, for the whole Church. In brief, we need to explain who we are and what we offer — or better, what God offers — to the Church through this current of grace. Growing in the Spirit Seminar will help leaders to grow in faith and in their relationship with God.

The GSS was presented by both Dr Steven Selvaraju and Fr Clement Lim to the 100 participants. The GSS aims to help those who have attended the Life in the Spirit Seminar to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith while continuing to grow their relationship with God and to lead them to becoming more involved in the community and in the mission of the Church.

There are nine topics for the GSS — Revelation of God, Sacred Bible, Mother Mary, Prayer, Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), Sacraments of Healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the sick and Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders), Life in Community, Evangelisation and Empowered to Serve. — PMST

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