Research Repository

University Crest

New Daybreak in Mission: From Ad Gentes to Inter Gentes.

Prior, John (2014) New Daybreak in Mission: From Ad Gentes to Inter Gentes. In: Revisting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal. Volume I: Keynote and Plenary Session Papers of the DFK International Conference on Vatican II. Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal, 1 (1). Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore, pp. 393-405. ISBN 978-81-89958-89-3


Download (94kB)


This essay looks at the mission-vision of the Decree Ad Gentes, one of the final documents to be promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in 1965. The vision of chapter I is placed in the context of the de-colonisation process of the 1950s and 1960s, the resurgence of Asian and African cultures. With the end of "colonial mission", the Council returned to the patristic Trinitarian vision of God's mission; conversion of "the other" is replaced by "dialogue-in-witness". While many of the practical proposals of the Decree are now outdated, the mission-vision of the Council continues to inspire. Fifty years of dialogue-in-witness has altered the "ad gentes" frame of Vatican II into an "inter gentes" frame as seen in the documents of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Vatican II, Ad Gentes, Yves Congar, decolonisation, mission as dialogue, mission inter gentes.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 04:35
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 04:35
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1710

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...