Novena Prayer for Vocations to Oblate Religious Life (Part 1)

Novena Prayer
for Vocations to Oblate Religious Life

21 – 29 May 2020


In his letter to the Congregation at the beginning of the Oblate Triennium, Father General wrote:

“And what did our Lord Jesus Christ do?” What do we learn from Jesus? Jesus’ life incarnated a full integrity: His life witnessed to the Good News that he preached. Jesus was a prayerful man: living out of a deep communion with his Abba, impelled by the Spirit, he prayed before choosing his disciples and told us to pray for laborers. Jesus called others by name to be with him, to follow him, and he formed them. Might that not be a template for our own ministry of Oblate vocations? Our lives must witness to the Good News we preach as we were so powerfully called by the 2010 Chapter on “Conversion.” We must be men of prayer, contemplatives in loving communion with the Father, the Son and the Spirit. We must pray for vocations. (Recently Pope Francis said that vocation ministry is a ministry of the knees, of prayer, rather than programmatic strategy.) We must invite young men by name to follow Jesus as Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate…” (Letter to the Congregation, December 8, 2013)

Oblate spirituality calls us to daily periods of silent prayer to rest in the Mystery of God. This experience makes us more generous in our vocational journey, in the way we relate to the poor and in apostolic community.” (Letter to the Congregation on the Year of Oblate Vocations, December 8, 2017)






Greetings to all of you my brother Oblates and to the members of our Oblate family. I am here in Brazil in visitation and the Oblates here, also send their greetings. I send a short message now regarding the coronavirus COVID-19. I think it is a moment of solidarity, of prayer and of hope.

Solidarity first of all among ourselves and with the people. We are in the poorest areas of the world and we journey with our brothers and sisters. We know that at this time it is important that we be close to them to support them, to console them; and in solidarity to follow the orientations of authorities both civil and religious.



Temu Kelompok Awam OMI Distrik Jakarta


Temu Kelompok Awam OMI Distrik Jakarta berlangsung pada Sabtu, 08 Februari 2020, di Aula Maria, Paroki Trinitas, Cengkareng.

Tampak hadir perwakilan dari Kelompok-Kelompok Awam OMI yang ada di Distrik Jakarta yang selama ini mendukung dan terlibat dalam hidup dan karya OMI: Kelompok Misionaris Awam St. Eugeniuas de Mazenod, Asosiasi Misionaris Maria Imakulata (AMMI), Sahabat Seminari OMI (Sasem), Kelompok Doa Mazenodian (KDM), dan Puteri OMI.  Semuanya serius mendengarkan penjelasan dari Pastor Ignatius Wasono Putro, OMI sebagai Koordinator Kelompok Awam OMI di Provinsi Indonesia, sesi dari Pastor Henricus Asodo, OMI tentang "Awam OMI" dan video call dari Pastor Peter K. Subagyo, OMI sebagai Pendamping Awam OMI sedunia.


Hope, Mercy, and Joy







Letter of the Superior General

for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, 2019

L.J.C. et M.I.

Dear Brother Oblates and All our Sisters and Brothers living the Oblate Charism,

Several times, I have been asked by Oblates and lay people whether I have a close or special relationship with St. Eugene de Mazenod!  It’s a fascinating question, and I do feel a special kinship with him in many ways: in his friendship with Jesus; in his closeness to the poor; in his missionary desire to renew the Church; in his love for the Word of God, and in preaching.

In this letter, I would like to share with you another dimension in which I feel a very close bond with Eugene: the witness of his love for Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  I invite us all to consider our own special relationship to Eugene in preparation for our patronal feast, the Immaculate Conception.  I will describe my connection to his love for Mary with three words: hope, mercy and joy.


Anniversary of Congregation First Oblation: My Missios is ...

Two texts that can help us to ask ourselves: “My Mission is...”

Excerpt from a letter from the Founder to Father Ricard in 1851 on the mission, and the message of Pope Francis to the 2016 Chapter. Letter of the Founder to Father Ricard in 1851: “Foreign missions compared to our missions in Europe have a special character of a higher kind, because this is the true apostolate of announcing the Good News to nations which have not yet been called to knowledge of the true God and of his son Jesus Christ... This is the mission of the apostles: “Euntes, docete omnes gentes” this teaching of the truth must penetrate to the most backward nations so that they may be regenerated in the waters of baptism. You are among those to whom Jesus Christ has addressed these words, giving you your mission as he gave their mission to the apostles who were sent to convert our fathers. From this point of view, which is a true one, there is nothing higher than your ministry and that of our other Fathers who are wearing themselves out in the glacial regions to discover the Indians whom it is their task to save. (Letter to Pascal Ricard, December 6,  1851, OW II, No. 157)


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Eugene de Mazenod

Kemampuannya dalam pewartaan injil dan bakat kepemimpinannya dalam mengarahkan berbagai Misi merupakan tanda-tanda lahir hidup batin yang menjadikan Eugene de Mazenod sebagai penjala manusia.


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