VOCATION CONGRESS JULY 2016

From 7th to 16th of July 2016, about 40 oblates involved in vocation animation will gather with the Superior General in Aix-en-Provence for a Vocation Congress, as one of the events to mark the 200th anniversary of our Congregation.

Constitution 52 reminds us that:

Jesus never ceases to call people to follow him and to proclaim the Kingdom. Some are drawn to answer that call through the joy and generosity of our lives. We must lose no opportunity to let people see how urgent are the needs of the Church and the world and come to know the way in which our Congregation responds to those needs. We will also pray and have others pray that the Lord send labourers into his harvest.

 

Retracing My Footsteps

Towards the end of September I took a 10 day to Indonesia, to visit the places where I had worked from 1982 to 2011. It was great to see the development and progress since the beginning of our Mission from the Australian Province in 1971. I flew first to Jakarta where the Trinity Parish had been divided into two Parishes at the end of August. The new Parish is called “Mary Immaculate”, and both Parishes have been entrusted to the care of the Oblates. The new church of Mary Immaculate was completed in 2012 and has 12,000 Catholics which include an outstation Church called Pallotti.  At the main Mass on Sunday, the church of Mary Immaculate can seat 2,000 people.  The original Parish of Trinity has 9,500 and at the main Mass on Sunday 1,500 people can be seated comfortably. Each parish has two Oblates to minister the people. The original Trinity Church was renovated and enlarged and a Blessed Sacrament chapel has been built for daily Adoration.  Both Churches have a separate daily Mass Chapel accommodating 150 people.  It is great to see how everything flows so smoothly, with great involvement of the people. For the bigger Masses on the Sunday, there would be 20 Eucharistic ministers distributing Communion under one species. Each minister is accompanied by a “Putri Ekaristi” (a Eucharist girl). She carries a lighted candle and escorts the minister to the appropriate station. With all these people, the procession into the Church can be quite long. It is all well done, disciplined and prayerful and adds something special to the occasion.  It is wonderful to experience such numbers. Indonesia has a Church that is alive and active. There are still big numbers becoming Catholics through the RCIA program. In the two parishes entrusted to the Oblates, a total of about 200 adults are baptized each year, down from what was once 400-500.

 

Third Conference of the Bicentenary

The Conference

 

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Oblates of Aix gave a four speakers conference with the theme “The missionary life of Father Auguste Icard, Pierre Mie, Sebastien Deblieu and Emmanuel Maunier: the first companions of St. Eugene de Mazenod”.

Auguste Icard was born in Gardanne in 1790, is really considered the first among the first companions of Eugene de Mazenod. It was he who told Eugene about Tempier, Mie, and Deblieu. After his priestly ordination, he was vicar at Lambesc until joining the Missionaries of Provence in 1815. He preached the first two missions but leaves the congregation in 1816.

Pierre Mie, called by Eugene de Mazenod “our good and holy father Mie”, was born in Alleins in 1768. After studies disrupted by the events of the revolutionary period, Pierre Mie was ordained clandestinely. In the parish of Puyloubier where he was pastor, he lead a very poor life. This tireless missionary who spoke very good Provencal joined the Missionaries of Provence in 1815 and participated in all missions from1816 to 1819. Pierre Mie became superior at Our Lady of Laus, then founded the house of Nimes. He was also director of the Major Seminary of Marseilles while continuing to preach and taking care for the poor. He died in 1841.

 

Chapter Programme Prepared

The pre-chapter commission had its 4th meeting during the first week of February, working on some of the final details for the 36th chapter which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Congregation.

The list of capitulars has been completed, the arrangements with the host venue, the Christian Brothers in Rome, have been settled, and the commission worked out a program for the chapter, and presented it to the Superior General and his council. The Chapter will decide on the final schedule when it convenes on September 14.

 

200 Years Celebration - Perpetual Vows

On January 24th, 2016, the Formation District of the Indonesian Province, celebrated the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It was crowned with the perpetual vows of two scholastics, Alya Denny HALOHO and Paulinus MARYANTO. The Mass was held in the chapel of the OMI Scholasticate in Yogyakarta.  Fr. Antonius RAJABANA, OMI, the Provincial, was the main Celebrant. Nine Oblate Priests also attended the mass: Fr. Ignatius YULIANTO, Fr. Simon HERU, Fr. Antonius WIDIATMOKO, Fr. Antonius SUSSANTO, Fr. Peter STOLL, Fr. F.X. SUDIRMAN, Fr. NICOLAUS Setija, Fr. Yohanes DAMIANUS, Fr. REYNOLD Sombolayuk and one Diocese Priest, Fr. Agustinus Sunarto, the uncle of Sch. Maryanto.  About 500 people gathered in this celebration, among others were the Oblate families, lay assosiates, youth group, and parishioners from remote areas that are served by some of our scholastics.

 

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