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Video vignette: U.S. Provincial, Fr. Louis Studer, Plans for the Year of Vocations December 8th, 2017
Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12 December 7th, 2017
Every year on December 12th the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and advocate for migrants and vulnerable populations. Catholics in the United States are encouraged to celebrate through prayer, reflection and advocacy on behalf of refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers.
Events are being planned around the country to mark this day. Find one in your area by visiting this page developed by USCCB Justice for Immigrants: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Things you can do:
- Advocate for the protection of young immigrants and federal funding for refugees and asylum seekers. Visit this page to send an action alert: Support Dreamers by passing the Dream Act (H.R. 3440/ S. 1615).
- Visit Justice for Immigrants’ Our Lady of Guadalupe resource page.
Our 2018 Winter JPIC Report is now available! December 6th, 2017
Read the latest issue here!
Rediscovering the Importance of Brotherhood through Jesus’ Life December 5th, 2017
“Brother” is the name traditionally given to the male lay religious in the Church since the beginning of consecrated life. The title does not belong to them exclusively, of course, but it represents a significant way of being in the ecclesial community in which he is the prophetic memory of Jesus-Brother, who told his followers: “And you are all brothers” (Mt23:8)
It is important to know that Jesus was a layman calling people to be brothers and sisters. He himself represents the big brother for all of us. His brotherhood is a gift from God to the world and to the church: “Jesus Christ first of all became brother, shared our flesh and blood and was in solidarity with the sufferings of his brothers and sisters,” “The word became flesh and abides among us”( Jn 1.)
The vocation of the brother has its origins in Jesus, fount of all vocations. This particular vocation comes from a man who never was engaged as a member of the priesthood of Israel. His ministry was a ministry developed in a secular way; his consecrated life comes through his faith in God.
Letter of the Superior General, Fr. Louis Lougen OMI – December 8, 2017 December 4th, 2017
YEAR OF OBLATE VOCATIONS
December 8, 2017 – January 25, 2019
The Joy and Generosity of Oblate Life!
Happy Feast Day to all those who live the Oblate charism! We begin the Year of Oblate Vocations on the solemnity of our patroness, Mary Immaculate. The grace of her immaculate conception fills us with great joy, love and gratitude for all that God has done in her. This is a missionary feast. Mary’s immaculate conception prepared her for the call and the mission which God would entrust to her: to be a worthy dwelling place for the Son of the Most High. Mary’s faith-filled response inspires us to live faithfully our oblation as missionaries of the Kingdom of Jesus. We entrust this special year, the Year of Oblate Vocations, to the care of Our Lady, firmly believing that she will intercede so that God’s grace, in God’s own time and in God’s own way, will bless our efforts.
READ the full letter here.
DOWNLOAD Fr. Lougen’s letter.