YEAR OF OBLATE VOCATIONS
In response to the call of the General Chapter, Oblate Superior General announced the “Year of Oblate Vocations” from December 8, 2017 to January 25, 2019. The theme is “‘Come and See!’ (John 1:39): Focusing on the Joy and Generosity of Our Oblate Life.”
This “Year of Oblate Vocations” will both give support to and be strengthened by Pope Francis’ call for a year dedicated to “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.” In fact, his personal message to the Oblates at the audience with the members of the General Chapter on October 7, 2016, placed before them the urgency to commit themselves to vocation ministry in light of the needs of the Church.
“The work to be done in order to achieve all of this (a Church for everyone) is vast; and all of you also have your own specific contribution to offer… The current field of mission seems to expand every day… Therefore, there is need of you, of your missionary courage, your availability to bring to everyone the Good News that frees and consoles” (Acts, Address of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, p. 5, English Edition).
These words, and his entire message, do not sound like Pope Francis believes the Oblates have done their job, that they can retire their Crosses and can now fade into the past. The Church is counting on them to respond to the needs of the poor today, and to “write new pages” in the history of evangelization! Please join in prayer for the Oblate vocations…
PRAYER FOR OBLATE VOCATIONS
we come to you because Jesus asked us to pray that you send workers into your harvest. Therefore, send us generous young men,
passionate for Jesus,
willing to make of their whole life a total oblation to you,
to become close to the poorest and most abandoned,
and to proclaim the Gospel.
May they burn with the same fire that you enkindled in Saint Eugene;
may they come to be part of his family
and, with all the Oblates, may they continue the work of Redemption.
who first gave Jesus to the world,
be with us as we pray.