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Constitution for Lumen Verum Apologetics - An Association of Christ’s Faithful

  1. The association of Christ’s faithful hereafter referred to shall be known as Lumen Verum Apologetics (LVA). Lumen Verum means “True Light.”
  1. LVA is a private association of the lay faithful with the principal and common purpose of striving to foster and promote Christian teaching and Catholic apologetics. Its members may also devote themselves to other works of the apostolate, including initiatives for evangelisation, works of piety or charity, and those which animate the temporal order with the Christian spirit (Can. 298: 1; Can. 299: 1 & 2).
  1. Members of LVA strive to foster and promote Christian teaching and Catholic apologetics as lay faithful in accordance with our baptism and confirmation which “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross” (CCC 1303); “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi ex officio)” (CCC 1305).
  1. It is the stated policy of LVA not to associate with or promote any alleged apparition/vision/allocution or message which has not been officially declared worthy of belief by the Church; nor does LVA have a public position concerning liturgical preferences; nor does LVA engage in or countenance any criticism of the Holy Father or the Official Magisterium of the Church.
  1. LVA is centred in the parish of St. Michael the Archangel, Margaret Street, Belfield, Sydney, Australia.
  1. The governing structure of LVA is follows:

    • Convenor - Arlette Bowen
    • Subconvenor - Robert Haddad

    • Other Board members:

    • David Obeid
    • Salwa Elias
    • Andrew Foong
    • Khalil Elias

  2. Decisions concerning LVA are made by the Convenor in consultation with the Subconvenor. The Convenor and Subconvenor together have the right and authority to make particular norms concerning LVA, the holding of meetings, the administration of goods and resources, and on-going activities. The Convenor is at liberty to consult any other Board member or the Parish Priest of St. Michael’s when and as she sees fit.
  1. Members of LVA must be practicing Catholics well versed in the Faith and possessing an apostolic spirit and desire to spread the Faith and defend it in accord with the words of St. Peter: “Always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pet. 3, 15). No member may be excluded or any new member admitted without the consent and agreement of both the Convenor and Subconvenor.
  1. LVA aims to carry out its objects through lectures, seminars and conferences. These may be held at the initiative of LVA or in response to invitations and requests accordingly received. LVA also aims to distribute appropriate literature - books, booklets, magazines, pamphlets - as well as video, cassette, audiotapes and CDs promoting and defending the Faith. A LVA web-site on the Internet will also be employed for the same purpose.


  1. Duties concerning the apostolate of LVA are currently assigned as follows:

    • Arlette Bowen:

    Liases with Parish Priest;
    Chairs AGM;
    Chairs Friday night talks;
    Arranges yearly schedule of talks;
    Contacts and designates weekly speakers;
    Writes Editorial page for LVA magazine;
    Plans and arranges LVA conference with Sub-Convenor;
    Arranges refreshments for LVA talks/events;
    Approves budgetary expenditure.

    • Robert Haddad:

    Writes for LVA magazine;
    Assistant editor of LVA magazine;
    Speaks regularly at LVA events;
    Plans and arranges LVA conferences and inter-state tours;
    Arranges for the production and sale of LVA literature, tapes, CDs;
    Conducts LVA banking;
    Collates LVA mailing list and arranges mail outs.

    • David Obeid:

    Writes for LVA magazine;
    Assistant editor of LVA magazine;
    Speaks regularly at LVA events;
    Assists in mail outs.

    • Gabriel Haddad:

    Writes for LVA magazine;
    Chief editor of LVA magazine;
    LVA accountant;
    Assists in mail outs.

    • Andrew Foong:

    Writes for LVA magazine;
    Speaks on request for LVA;
    Assists in mail outs.

    • Anthony J Succar:

    Website Manager
    Internet Forum Administrator


Appendix A: Clerical and Religious friends

• Father Robert Slattery
• Father Bray Father
• Father Spillane
• Father Tyler
• Sister Maur Woodbury
• Father Bernard Gordon
• Father John Flader
• Father Marc de Baptista
• Father Chris Alexander