The ASIAN Vision
Our Field of Dreams
by Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl. OSB
Founder/Executive Director, CenterQuest
As a brief backgrounder, the concept of CenterQuest originated as an Asian dream of mine many years ago after migrating to the United States in 1995. Through a series of events and circumstances beyond my control, the original intent never materialized. Instead, as God providentially orchestrated it, the vision evolved into a global thrust with technology playing a major piece in its current hybrid format of training delivery. Through various collaborative endeavors and partnerships over the years, the School of Spiritual Direction or SSD was finally birthed in 2013 with the aim of training people in the art and skill of spiritual guidance and companioning.
Recapturing the Dream
The original dream never died; it just took on a back seat for a while until slowly we are again witnessing the initial vision being revived ever more clearly before our eyes. Throughout the past seven years while running five SSD cycles with cohort participants from all over the world, I continued traveling back to Asia every year, establishing networking relationships with various individuals and groups who share the vision of bringing a contextualized version of this training program to Asia through more accessible and affordable means.
The Time Has Come
Meanwhile, from the Asian graduates of our SSD program over the course of five cohorts, God has been raising up a good core team of people embracing similar vision. Together, we kept dreaming, envisioning, praying, and discerning what God might unfold before us until we began sensing unanimously that God's kairos moment seems to already be looming on the horizon. During our most recent gathering via Zoom, as each person in the group expressed their personal conviction about the prospect of CQ Asia-SSD, it became evident that more than any other period, this is going to be the opportune time to take a leap of faith and trust God for the realization of this shared dream and growing burden in all our hearts.
Amidst the continuing reality of the pandemic and its accompanying challenges, while fully cognizant of the unpredictability of our times, we are choosing to forge ahead and trust the Author of our faith to lead and guide us toward the fulfillment of our embraced vision for CQ SSD-Asia. We will, by faith, move forward a step at a time according to the light provided for us unless God sovereignly stops us in our tracks.