The Central Government of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is currently in the Plenary Session, which began last Wednesday, September 13, 2023, with a Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Oblate Central Government returns to Rome

The Oblate Central Government is back in Rome !  They wrapped up their visit to the Oblates of the Latin America-Caribe Region and the Joint Session in Tepoztlán, Mexico, with their annual retreat preached by Fr. Gilberto Piñon.  It was a fitting way to conclude a fruitful time in this part of the Oblate world. But Rome was waiting for them! 

A unique Plenary Session

On their return to Rome, the Central Government quickly mobilized for a month long Plenary Session, which began last Wednesday, September 13, 2023, with a Mass of the Holy Spirit.  This Plenary Session is unique because two essential positions will be appointed in addition to a full agenda: General Treasurer and General Secretary.  

Other Appointments

The Plenary Session will also appoint new Provincials and Councils, discuss the implementation of Chapter mandates and the addition of new services to the General Administration, not to mention the discussions and preparations for the upcoming meetings hosted by the General Administration. It will be an intense time for the various internal committees to discuss leadership, mission, formation, and finances.  

Also on the agenda

The Plenary Session has a lot to accomplish.  In addition to the appointments and reports, the Plenary Session will discuss preparations for their next Joint Session with the Africa-Madagascar region next March in Senegal.  They will also review and approve applications for the Solidarity and Dontenville Grants.  The upcoming workshop for Major Superiors in November, the meeting of the Committee of Brothers, and other workshops are high on the Agenda. It is good that they had the opportunity to have their annual retreat before a busy Plenary Session. 

Community dynamics

The weekends during the Plenary Session will be devoted mainly to the community dynamics of the Central Government.  The Central Government will evaluate their community life and work during their first year in office.  The Plenary Sessions are a unique opportunity for the Central Government to work together to strengthen the quality of their community through prayer, fellowship building, and recreation. 

Some members of the Central Government

Let us continue to pray for the Central Government as they may remain open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as they take steps to animate and motivate the whole Congregation.