General Formation Committee meeting from March 1 to March 5, 2021 was held via zoom, due to various COVID restrictions.
Pope Pius IX proclaimed Saint Joseph, patron of the Universal Church and 150 years later, Pope Francis proposes a jubilee year in his honor.
We are a people who follow God and bear witness – who want to bear witness to Jesus Christ.
It is the whole community that accomplishes the ministry through the various services of its members.
In this year of the 200th anniversary of the vow of poverty, we suggest that we take the opportunity, on the level of the whole Congregation, to reflect on this vow.
“Charity is at the heart of our lives. In the Church, the Oblate is a man of charity, a man in whom love fills his whole life.
We invite you to take time of prayer for Oblate vocations, for Oblates in first formation and their formators, to reflect on our witness, as those who call.
The Founder truly counted on Father Tempier: “I assure you that I consider it very important for the work of God that you be among us.
“By the grace of God, I feel this desire within me; or if I do not have it, I greatly desire to have it. And with you, everything will become even easier. So, count entirely on me…”
The third call of the 2016 Chapter is: “Formation for Mission”: “As a missionary Congregation, formation is considered from the perspective of mission.
“To be a Christian is a call of love, a call of friendship”. (Pope Francis, 2013)
In preparation for the anniversary of the first vows of November 1, 1818, the General Committee of Oblate Brothers has chosen, for this year 2020, some meditations based on the figure of Father Tempier.