The General Formation Committee (GFC) consists of Fr. Asodo Henricus, OMI, Assistant General, Fr. Frank Kuczera, OMI, for Canada – US Region, Fr. Edward Terreros Inga, OMI, for Latin America Region, Fr. Sebastian Luszczki, OMI, for Europe Region, Fr. Gabriel Pathou Matakumba, OMI, for Africa-Madagascar Region and Fr. David Kumar Anthony, OMI, for Asia-Oceania Region. Under the leadership of Fr. Asodo Henricus, OMI, Assistant General, the first meeting of the GFC took place at OMI Scholasticate Community in Obra, Poland from February 27 – March 5, 2023.
Fr. Gabriel Pathou Matakumba, OMI, from Africa-Madagascar Region could not come for GFC due to visa problem and the rest of the members of GFC participated. Fr. Diego Martin, OMI, Postulator General from the General Administration was the sole translator for all three languages: Polish, Spanish and English. The GFC meeting began on 28 February 2023 and it was concluded on 5 March 2023.
Fr. Sebastian Luszczki, OMI, for Europe Region, and the superior of the OMI Scholasticate Community in Obra hosted the GFC and he welcomed all of us with great sense of Oblate hospitality and care. While being involved in our GFC Meeting, all of us took part in the spiritual activities of the community. Fr. Asodo Henricus, OMI, Assistant General, responsible for the Initial Formation and the On-going Formation in the Congregation guided the meeting. First of all, all members from the regions shared about the formation structure, formandi, formators and various issues connected to the formation. Thereafter, Fr. Asodo Henricus, OMI, led the team to discuss four mandates of the 37th General Chapter which are directly connected to the Initial and On-going formation.
The topics for the discussion have been: 1. Plan of Action of the animation of the Constitutions and Rules; 2. Oblate Brothers; 3. Young Oblates and 4. Initial Formation – Interculturality. Besides our discussion, we had a golden opportunity to know the vocation ministry in the province and the NINIWA Youth Movement of the Oblates in Poland. We also visited the Provincial community where we had a tour of the Provincial Archive and the Mission Procure of the Province. We had a chance to visit an Oblate mission and the Association of St. Eugene. We thank sincerely Rev. Fr. Sebastian Luszczki, OMI for his fraternal care and the Oblate hospitality which we enjoyed. We also thank the OMI Scholasticate Community in Obra for their fraternal care.