On March 15, in the presence of His Excellency Most Rev. Archbishop George Kocherry, the Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh, the Oblate Delegation of Bangladesh launched the year of Oblate Vocations. The launching coincided with the Oblates’ monthly retreat and meeting.

The day began with Fr. Angelo MARTYN, the veteran Oblate in the Unit, who enlightened the members of the Delegation with his inspiring talk on the theme: “Passionate love for Jesus Crucified.” After his talk, the hours were spent in personal prayer and meditation. In the afternoon, the members listened to the personal vocation stories of four Oblates: Frs. Henry REBEIRO, Dilip John SARKAR, Kajol Linus GOMES, and Pintu Louis COSTA.

Those present thanked and praised the Lord for the vocation of every member to the Congregation and especially prayed for the members who shared their vocation stories. The plan is that the members will take turns inspiring one another through sharing on the charisms of the Congregation and through personal sharing of their vocation stories in the bimonthly Delegation meetings throughout the Oblate year of Vocations.

In the evening, Archbishop Kocherry officially inaugurated the Year of Vocations and together with all the members of the Unit, celebrated the Holy Eucharist. Fr Ajit Victor COSTA, the Delegation Superior, gave to the head of each Mission Centre and each Formation House a logo of the Vocation Year and prayer cards, inviting each one to “…live this Year of Vocations in prayer ad intra — with interior conversion — and ad extra — inviting others to discover the gift of vocation.” (Fr. Pius POHDUENG )