Editor’s note: The Missionary Oblate Sisters of Mary Immaculate, are a young Religious Institute that came into existence in Spain in 1997, when nine women came together to live in community with the intention of following St. Eugene de Mazenod and the footsteps of his sons. The Sisters make up a part of the greater Oblate Family, and they see the birth of their Institute as a grace of the canonization of Eugene de Mazenod in 1995. As women consecrated to God, they live the same charism as the Oblates: “To bring the Good News to the poor.” This year marks the 25th anniversary since they first came together in community.
Our sisters, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, are celebrating!
On September 14th, the Oblate Sisters commemorated 25 years of community life. This past Saturday, September 24th, a solemn Mass was held to celebrate this milestone.
Back in 1997, on a day just as ordinary as today, a courageous group of young women, aged 19 to 24, commenced to experience community life in the Emmaus retreat house, in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid. These women, who were deeply in love with Jesus the Savior and felt called to live out the charism of St. Eugene in religious life, set out to respond to God’s call, thereby embarking on a new journey in the Church.
This seed of the Spirit has been growing in each of these sisters. Their communities are places of hospitality and welcome – places where they live and experience the joy of the Gospel, despite the ups and downs of life.
Now, on this special occasion, the sisters would like to express their deepest gratitude to all those who have accompanied them on this journey and have become part of the family over the past 25 years. In a special way, they would like to give thanks to God Almighty for the Oblate charism which they have received, which is a life-giving gift through which the Holy Spirit is working.
The Sisters feel called, by the grace of God, to respond to the needs and challenges of today’s world – a world centered on itself, disoriented, wounded over the years by illness, loneliness, abandonment, family breakdown, lack of identity, poverty, war, etc…
Thus, the guiding theme which will accompany and inspire the sisters this year will be: “Giving life to the heart of St. Eugene in our times”.