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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship September 30th, 2016

faithful-citizenship-logo-vertical-white-english-smallPrayer Resource for the Upcoming U.S Elections

It’s almost 40 days until the U.S elections in November. In preparation for the elections, Oblates JPIC is recommending citizen resources for education and action, produced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Novena for Elections: Praying for Our Nation

The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in prayer and fasting from Friday, September 9 through Friday, November 11, 2016. Prayer intentions will focus on interceding for the many needs and issues of the political process.

Visit USCCB’s page for Novena for Elections.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The resource provides guidance for U.S Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy, lifting up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens. Faithful Citizenship resources include bulletin inserts and videos.

Read more on faithful citizenship.



Superior General Louis Lougen, OMI Re-Elected September 30th, 2016

Republished from OMIWORLD.org 



Rev Fr. Louis Lougen OMI was officially reelected as the Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for another term of 6 years.

Congratulations and God bless you Fr. Louis.

A video tribute to Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI (1980-2016) September 22nd, 2016

Produced by Oblate Communications
General House, Rome





36th General Chapter of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Convening in Rome September 16th, 2016


Every six years, leaders of the Oblate Congregation from around the world gather in Rome to pray and discern what will be the focus of the Missionary Oblates for the next six years. This year’s General Chapter will run from September 14, to October 11, 2016.

U.S. Oblates attending the General Chapter include: U.S. Provincial, Very Rev. William Antone, Fr. Louis Studer, Fr. James Taggart, Bro. Jason Rossignol, Fr. James Allen, Fr. Fernando Velasquez and Fr. Tom Ovalle.

In a short video, Superior General, the Very Rev. Louis Lougen, OMI, describes the meeting and offers hopes for its success during this 200th Jubilee Year of the Founding of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate by St. Eugene de Mazenod.

Visit OMIUSA’s website to see reports and pictures from the first week of the Chapter.





Remembering Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI September 15th, 2016


Fr. Kennedy

Reflection by Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI

On Wednesday, September 14 we received the sad news that Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI, had passed away in Rome at the age of 36.  We lost a young, enthusiastic and committed missionary. Over two years ago he happily accepted the task to lead the ministry of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the general service of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. As part of his ministry, just a couple of weeks ago he and other Oblates, myself included, attended the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada. There we spoke about his commitment to continue raising awareness in the congregation around issues of JPIC. It is hard to imagine that he is no longer with us. We are ever grateful for his vocation, ministry and Oblate life.

On behalf of the entire US Missionary Oblates staff, I would like to express condolences to Fr. Kennedy’s family and pray to our Lord to welcome him into his eternal home. May he rest in peace.

Fr. J. Antonio Ponce, OMI
Director, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – US Province





(From Left to right) Fr. J. Antonio Ponce, OMI, Oblate JPIC; Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI, JPIC General Services ; Fr. Warren Brown, OMI, General Services North American Region Representative



Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI watching performances on opening day of 2016 World Social Forum.

Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI watching performances on opening day of 2016 World Social Forum.



Fr. Kennedy Katongo was born in Zambia in 1980. Before entering the Oblate pre-novitiate in Lusaka in 2000, he was a volunteer with the national program “Youth Alive Zambia,” which sponsors programs for youth about prevention of HIV/AIDS, child abuse, unemployment and poverty.

Fr Kennedy did a seminary internship in Kalabo, Zambia where he worked with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and Youth Ministry. The CCJP offers outreach programs on civic education, trade and debt in Zambia, human rights, human trafficking, rights of refugees, access to clean water, and food security.

He graduated from the Oblate School of Theology in 2009 with a Master of Arts degree, writing his thesis on the following: “Beyond Vulture Funds: A Catholic Social Teaching Response to Zambia’s Economic Debt Reality”. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2010.

In 2007, Fr. Kennedy did a summer internship at the Oblates JPIC office in Washington DC. During this time he focused on trade and debt advocacy, climate change, human trafficking and corporate engagements.

Fr. Kennedy was ordained to the priesthood in Zambia in 2010 and immediately appointed as associate pastor in Kalabo Mission and director of youth ministry in the Delegation of Zambia. Later, he was named Director of OMI-JPIC for Zambia.

In 2014, Oblates Superior General named Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI, Director General for JPIC in Rome, where he remained until his passing on September 14, 2016. Fr Kennedy was also representing the Oblates to the Europe Africa Faith and Justice Network (EAFJN), a coalition that lobbies the European Union and member states to promote sustainable development in Africa.

Register Now for LaVista’s Fall Earth Literacy Program! September 9th, 2016

(Photo courtesy of Bro. Lester Antonio Zapata, OMI)

Exploring the Sacred Universe Earth Literacy Program in Godfrey, IL
Dates: Fri., Oct.19 beginning at 6:00 pm – Sun., Oct. 23, ending at 1:00 pm


OblateEcologicalInitiativePope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home has brought new life to this classic program as readers look for ways to deepen their relationship with and responsibility for our common home. That is what we offer during these days of interactive community learning. For the second year we are offering a shortened version of our “Exploring the Sacred Universe” Earth Literacy Program.

Participants will be joined by Oblate Novices, young men from several countries currently studying at La Vista. Last year’s very rich experience during beautiful fall days encouraged us to make this an annual event.

Activities will include sacred rituals, journaling, a field trip, dialogue, cooking and gardening. Presenters will include: 

Norman Comtois, OMI
Sharon Zayac, OP
Maxine Pohlman, SSND
And other local bioregional specialists

For a detailed description and registration information download the brochure or visit us online at www.lavistaelc.org. You can also call LaVista at: 618-466-5004.

Program cost: $350 (includes lodging and meals). A $50 nonrefundable deposit is due at registration with the balance due upon arrival.



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