The Annual General Meeting 2016 (Australia)
Members and associates of the Preca Community met at Corpus Christi College, Carlton, Melbourne between the 2nd and 6th of January for the 2016 AGM. Tonio Callus (General Executive Council member) and Mario Bezzina (Ruiru Centre, Kenya) representedthe Superior General. Fr. Charles Gauci, chaplain of the Community, led all the liturgies. Francis Gauci, who spent 12 years in ministry in Sydney also joined in. The main overarching themes were: promotion of the Preca Family, taking on a missionary spirit similar to the pioneering members and being proactive in times of change. Highlights of the activities were a Eucharistic celebration at the Carmelite Convent at Kew and an excursion to the Good Shepherd Convent at Abbotsford.
A visit to Lithuania and Poland
Following an invitation by a number of Lithuanian friends of the SDC, the Assistant Superior General visited Lithuania between the 27th and 31st of December 2015. The three SDC members currently at the SDC Centre in Poznań Poland also joined in. The visit included a meeting with the Auxilliary Bishop of Vilnius, His Excellency Arunas Poniškaitis. The group then returned to Poznań, where the Assistant Superior General stayed with the members until the 6th of January 2016.
Incorporation of members
On Christmas morning four Candidates from the Delegation of Malta were incorporated Members in the Society. They are Simon Azzopardi, Darren Borg, Michael Camilleri and Andrew Cassar. During the Ceremony member Tonio Agius shared a reflection about the SDC vocation, stressing the need of compassion in the life of the member. The Superior General and the Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr. Kevin Scicluna, also delivered their messages at the end of the Ceremony.
PARTICIPATION IN THE OPENING OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY
On the 13th of December, members and candidates in Malta and Gozo participated in the celebrations held in the respective Diocese marking the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Members in Malta gathered near St. Mark’s Church in Rabat for the introductory ceremony and then participated in a procession to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina. Here they took part in the Solemn Mass after the Archbishop opened the Door of Mercy. Members in Gozo participated in a similar ceremony that was held at the Ta’ Pinu Basilica, Għarb.