Last December 8, our Congregation entered the Year of Oblate Vocations, with the theme: “Joy and Generosity in Oblate Life!”. This program is in response to a twofold call from Pope Francis: first to the Universal Church with the next synod on “youth, the faith and the discernment of vocations” (October 2018), and then directly to all the Oblates at the time of his audience to the General Chapter of 2016 where he emphasized to us the urgency of the Ministry of Vocations: “You are needed, with your missionary daring, your availability for bringing to everyone the Good News that liberates and consoles”.
Bro. Benoît DOSQUET, Secretary of the General Committee of Oblate Brothers, also asserts in these words: “During this Year of Oblate Vocations, the General Committee of Oblate Brothers would like to invite you to join in meditating the rosary for vocations. (…) We are certain that the Lord continues today to call men and women to follow him.”
To help us pray the rosary of the Virgin Mary during this Year of Vocations, the Oblate Province of France has created a booklet of meditations on this theme. These meditations on the rosary are inspired by those written by the Vocation Service of Chartres in 2005 (France). The missionary mysteries are inspired by the Pontifical Works of the Propagation of the Faith of Quebec (Canada). Thanks to Fr. Shanil JAYAWARDENA and Sr. Laetitia HENNEKINNE for the photos that give a truly international and missionary color to this booklet.
Our Province of France, in view of its involvement in the Mission with Youth and vocational ministry, has decided to promote this booklet for the sake of vocations and the mission of the Oblate men and women religious and Oblate laity. The booklet in the French language can be found in pdf format https://goo.gl/W1v86x . Have a lovely meditation! (Fr. Przemek KOSCIANEK)