Bro. Rivaldo Teixeira de Carvalho, OMI

The Oblate Province of Brazil organized a vocational animation programme called “Week of Coexistence,” with vocation aspirants. It was held in Aparecida de Goiânia, in the Central-West District, where the Oblate Missionaries work with the poor and the most abandoned, from October 7th to 13th, 2021.

The theme of the event was: “Be you also an Oblate Missionary! – through the Word of God we listen to Christ who saves us and sends us on a great mission”

The aim of this week was to deepen vocational discernment and create bonds of brotherhood of love, living day-to-day community life in the charism of our Father Founder, to respond generously to the call of Jesus.

These days were intense moments of self-knowledge, coexistence, prayer, listening, sharing, community work, with the presence of a psychologist, a laywoman, and several Oblates including Fr. Lindomar FÉLIX, Fr. Kleber de FARIAS, Fr. Patrick URIAS, Bro. Rivaldo CARVALHO, and the Oblates of the Midwest District.

Young people who are eager to respond generously to their vocation in our religious family expressed their openness and desire to live the missionary charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod by taking the side of the most vulnerable in society.

Programmes such as this certainly help us create a vocational culture in our communities and missions, encouraging young people to follow the Oblate missionary life. So be it!

May St. Eugene de Mazenod and Mary Immaculate intercede for these young people, so that they will respond to the Master’s call with zeal and courage!