Latest OMI JPIC News
Congress Urged to Make Struggling Communities a Priority In COVID-19 Sign-on Letter March 20th, 2020
Here is an excerpt from the letter. OMI JPIC is among signers.
The Coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, has shaken countries around the world and threatens a recession. Uncertainty grows as communities are struggling to respond. We applaud Congress for working in a bipartisan manner to quickly pass the initial response packages. We also know they are insufficient. We come from a variety of faith perspectives, but our moral principles and scriptural teachings all affirm that we must prioritize individuals most in need and enable all people to live with dignity and the opportunity to flourish.
As you develop yet a third legislative package responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, we call on you again to prioritize the needs of people who are economically at risk and their families. We have a sacred and moral obligation to ensure adequate resources reach those who do not have the financial ability to weather this crisis. Love of neighbor and care for those in poverty must be the hallmark of Congressional efforts to stem this health emergency and any related economic downturn.
Three Part Harmony Farm Featured on TV Program March 16th, 2020
Eleven percent of Washington, DC is considered a food desert. Those are neighborhoods without a nearby supermarket. These areas are predominantly low income with mostly minority residents. It makes getting healthy, affordable food difficult.
Former CNN anchor and CEO of Starfish Media Group, Soledad O’Brien, traveled to Washington, DC with her crew to interview Gail Taylor, owner of Three Part Harmony Farm for the segment: “Seeds of Change: How Urban Farming is Help Erase Food Deserts.”
Between February 27-29, 2020 OMIUSA JPIC partner organization, Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) facilitated a workshop in Cameroon, West Africa on Preventing Corruption and Promoting Transparency.
The workshop was held at Monastère de Babete in Cameroon with participants from Diocesan social justice offices, religious communities, and local parishioners. (Photos courtesy of AFJN media)
Ready. Set. Go. 2020 OMI US Convocation March 5th, 2020
The U.S. Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate plans a Convocation every three years. It is an opportunity to renew our energies as missionaries and strengthen the bonds which unite us as members of one province. From April 13-17, 2020 U.S. Oblates will gather around the following Convocation theme taken from the Preface of St. Eugene:
“They Must Constantly Renew Themselves in the Spirit of Their Vocation”
Convocation 2020 will include moments to relax, connect, pray, and be renewed as we strengthen our bonds as a province.
Visit the 2020 Convocation’s website: https://convocation.snows.org/
2020 Joint Meeting of the General Mission Committee & General Service of JPIC February 28th, 2020
The Joint Meeting of the General Mission Committee & General Service of JPIC (February 24-28) Rome, Italy
On February 25, Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI, was the resource person of the day. He is the Chief of Faith Consistent Investing, OIP Investment Trust; and past Chair of the Board of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR).
Among the pictures, you will find the translation booths where Bonga Thami, Diego Saez Jean Marie Sene help the participants with translations.
Querida Amazonía: A Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation February 13th, 2020
Pope Francis has released the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), which is follow up to the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, ‘Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology,’ held in October 2019. Missionary Oblates participated in the synod in Rome.
In Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia) Pope Francis emphasizes that “Our dream is that of an Amazon region that can integrate and promote all its inhabitants, enabling them to enjoy “good living”. But this calls for a prophetic plea and an arduous effort on behalf of the poor. For though it is true that the Amazon region is facing an ecological disaster, it also has to be made clear that “a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We do not need an environmentalism “that is concerned for the biome but ignores the Amazonian peoples.”
Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia): http://www.sinodoamazonico.va/content/sinodoamazonico/en/documents/post-synodal-apostolic-exhortation–querida-amazonia-.html