The Annual Assembly of FAAMC and Fraternal Visit to Vietnam Mission

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The Federation of Asia-Australia Minor Conventuals which includes 3 provinces (Japan, Korea, India) three custodies (Philippines, Indonesia, Australia) and three missions (Vietnam, Sri-Lanka, China) held their annual assembly in our friary in Akabane, Tokyo, Japan during November 8-13, 2010.

The delegates reviewed the progress of the past year, both as separate circumscriptions and as a federation. It was pointed out by the General Assistant for FAAMC that concerted efforts need to be made for the realisation of common goals and projects. Among the many topics of discussion, the assembly focused on the challenges of on-going formation, in keeping with the theme of the General Assembly in Argentina. The Minister General urged the friars to collaborate and grow together as a federation, especially by means of common projects such as the Rivotorto experience.
The delegates were welcomed with fraternal warmth and hospitality by the Japanese friars. During the course of the assembly, they attended a fraternal evening with all the friars of the Tokyo region.
The assembly concluded with the elections of office bearers. The result was: Fr Joseph Nguyen, Custos of the General Custody of Australia, as President; Fr Mariel Santos, Custos of the Philippines, as Vice-President; Fra Pascual Ramos from the Philippines as Secretary.

During November 14-24, the Assistant General for FAAMC, Fr Vincent Long, together with the Provincial of California, Fr Christopher Deitz made a fraternal visit to the Order’s mission in Vietnam. The purpose of this visit was to strengthen the bonds of fraternity among the friars and to map out future directions for the mission following the decision to entrust the care of the mission to the Province of California. Fr Vincent and Fr Chris met with all the friars in formation as well as the candidates who are to be admitted to the postulancy program. There was an atmosphere of trust and hope as all the friars and candidates look forward to the next phase of the development of the mission.

During the visit, Fr Vincent and Fr Chris also consulted with the local bishops and informed them of the Order’s intentions. They in turn reassured the friars of their support for the mission.