From the AEC Secretariat
For the past six months, the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Mission Congress 2019 planning team has been meeting to strategise and implement plans to ensure that from September 18–22, the AEC would have the opportunity to participate in its first Mission Congress.
The general aim of this first missionary congress is to give an important impulse to the process of strengthening Church life throughout the AEC dioceses in accordance with Pope Francis’ vision of an active Church that powerfully witnesses to Christ and that has a missionary zeal.
The AEC Mission Congress 2019 will be hosted in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, September 18–22. In the last planning meeting held on February 9 at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Centre, the sub-committees for accommodation, liturgy, communications, secretariat, transportation, hospitality and finance reported on their met deadlines and follow ups.
At this stage, letters of invitations and registration forms were sent out to the bishops, Pontifical Mission Societies’ directors and Commission departments. Letters for sponsorship are being sent to various companies to assist in the supplying of snacks, beverages and food items, and Masses are being offered for the success of this Congress.
The Liturgy sub-committee is selecting prayers and songs of worship that are mission focused and the Communications sub-committee is meeting with graphic designers and printers for promotional materials.
The Congress’ first event is a Children’s Rally on September 18. Over 3,000 primary and secondary school students are expected to attend. Teachers are also expected to participate in this rally which will be filled with fun, interactive, missionary activities. Presentations and sessions will be delivered by AEC bishops and facilitators.
On Friday 20 and Saturday 21, core workshops will be hosted for approximately 500 persons. These days are targeted to PMS directors, heads of departments, clergy, religious, consecrated and lay persons. There will be presentations on related topics and breakout sessions for effective sharing and contribution.
The last day, Sunday 22, is the grand event at the Queen’s Park Savannah with an expected crowd of over 5,000 persons. On this day, there will be concluding workshops and Mass. Persons from every parish, community and town are invited to witness to the glory of Mission. All are invited!
If you are interested in volunteering your time, talent and/or treasure, we ask you to visit www.pmsantilles.org or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to pray for us as we journey towards the first ever AEC Mission Congress 2019!