Fr. Cornelius Ngoka, OMI
Assistant General for Formation

The month of May is of special significance to our Congregation. On May 21 we celebrate the feast of our Founder St. Eugene de Mazenod and on May 29 we remember the great missionary Blessed Joseph Gerard. It is also the month of Mary and of special prayers in thanksgiving for the gift of Oblate Vocations.

As every year, we share with you some materials for the novena prayer for Oblate Vocations for this year. This year’s prayer was prepared by the novitiate community of Marino in Italy, Mediterranean Province. We are grateful to them for the wonderful work they have done for all of us. You are free to use any part of the novena or adapt it to suit the needs of your groups, missions, and communities.

Further, in line with the Marian Month and the Pope’s invitation to pray the Rosary in various Marian Shrines during this month, we invite you to participate in a “Rosary Prayer Chain” during the novena period. This is an initiative of the Mediterranean Province, which later became popular even outside the Province, through social media. This year, they have opened it to the whole Oblate world. You can participate in this rosary prayer chain by registering yourself in the following website:

I also encourage all of you to read the beautiful message on Saint Joseph: the dream of Vocation written by Pope Francis for this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocation.

As we prepare to celebrate the feast of our Founder, Saint Eugene de Mazenod, we continue to ask for God’s blessings on our ministries and commitments as Oblates.

Thank you for your creativity and generous services to the Congregation, to the Church and to humanity despite all the difficulties and the restrictions.

In Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate!