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Happy Oblate Feast Day: February 17! February 15th, 2017
“…. Learn who you are in the eyes of God.”
St. Eugene De Mazenod, OMI
In this world that God loves, with all its richness and beauty, and looking upon it as Saint Eugene did through the eyes of Christ crucified:
- We observe new forms of poverty, especially among young people: fundamentalism, individualism, materialism, consumerism, and addiction to the digital world… But, we also see the suffering of families, youth, the lonely, and the elderly.
- We recognize urgent issues, which strongly speak to us such as: the situation of refugees, the homeless, and migrants who are forced to leave their countries, as well as the devastation of the environment.
- We perceive victims of injustice and violence, especially the indigenous peoples and minorities, the victims of human trafficking, of abuse and exploitation, who cry out loudly for support and a response from us.
Faced with these situations, the Church strongly calls us out of our comfort zone to go to the “peripheries” and work for the fulfillment of the Kingdom.
We are invited to write a new page of the Gospel with Mazenodian creativity and audacity.
Message of the 36th General Chapter 2016
Read the 2017 Oblate Day Message from U.S. Provincial, Very Rev. William Antone, OMI
Video reflection for February 17, 2017 “Oblate Day”
Hope Springs Eternal February 13th, 2017
I spent most of the winter away from DC this year, and I’m happy to report that I returned renewed and refreshed. Almost a dozen times over the last two months, I got the flight safety spiel, you know: “put on your oxygen mask first, before assisting others in need.”
Perhaps because I spend every day of every week either at a vegetable farm or at a yoga studio, the importance of self-care is always at the front of my mind.
Whether it’s taking the time to make nutritious meals for myself, carving out time to focus on mindful breathing and meditation, putting my hands in the soil, or fiercely guarding my 30 min. morning coffee/ newspaper ritual, I want to focus this year on making sure that my tank is always full before stepping outside to face each day.
I hope you’ll do the same, and realize that it’s necessary not selfish.
Eating well and engaging with plants every day is a great way to stay on track with a self care routine. Three Part Harmony Farm offers a few ways to bring these kinds of opportunities into your life. Planting a garden is a great way! I recently was at a local female owned hardware store – Annie’s Ace Hardware in Brookland, NE Washington, DC.
I answered seed starting questions and brought all of my seed catalogues and offered everyone a chance to VOTE for the tomato varieties we’ll grow this season.
I encourage you to grow your own garden! Immense joy comes from caring for plants whether on your balcony, in your backyard, or at your community garden. Three Part Harmony Farm is proud to partner with Annie’s Ace Hardware (in Petworth and Brookland, Washington, DC) to sell healthy starts that are specifically chosen for their ability to thrive in this region. We expect to have spring seedlings available as early as mid-march: stay tuned!
I wish everyone a happy, healthy 2017,
For you local to Washington, DC, we’re taking sign ups for our 2017 CSA now, online. The full season members pay for 23 weeks during a 33-week period (that goes from April – November) so you skip any 10 weeks you like without missing out! In addition to being flexible, the share is a multi-farm offering that includes non-produce items such as seedlings, flowers, eggs, mushrooms and medicinal herbs. Sign up here.
Gail Taylor is the owner/ operator of Three Part Harmony Farm, a vegetable operation located on the grounds of the Oblate residence, Washington, DC. A longtime resident of the District, Taylor has worked in the Latin America Solidarity community, with affordable housing organizations, and now with the food sovereignty movement. A farmer, yogi and social justice activist, Taylor lives in an intentional community in Petworth, NE Washington, DC.
Fr. Séamus P. Finn on the Evolution of Catholic Investing February 9th, 2017
Fr. Séamus P. Finn, OMI, spoke to participants at the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, February 8,th 2017
The three core elements for Catholic Investment that were presented by the US Catholic bishops in 1986 and reinforced by the investment guidelines that were adopted for the management of the financial assets of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops were;
1) Do not invest in companies, products or services that counter to Catholic moral teaching.
2) Exercise responsible active ownership of shares that the USCCB has in the portfolio through a process of engagement with the directors and managers of these institutions.
3) Proactively investing in funds and projects that are designed to promote the common good and sustainable development that in some cases offer a lower rate of return.
The good news is that much has been achieved in the first of these categories, also known as negative screens, when excluding investments in specific companies and or industries. Now the work of applying these same screens across all assets classes in a portfolio needs to be accelerated.
Secondly, little has been done to take up the work of active engagement and this responsibility for active advocacy and dialogue is more important now than ever given the growing influence of corporations and large investment funds on nearly every aspect of life. Some catholic religious orders and institutions have done the bulk of this work through organizations like the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, www.iccr.org.
Message From U.S. Provincial, Fr. William Antone, OMI on Some Recent Executive Actions February 8th, 2017
The U.S. Provincial of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Fr. William Antone, OMI, has issued a statement in response to some recent executive actions by the new administration. You can read the full statement and download it below.
Dear Brother Oblates and Friends of the Oblates:
I hope this finds each of you well.
There are many contrasting voices in our nation these days. I have spoken with Fr. Antonio Ponce, director of the province office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, and asked him and the JPIC office to assist us, as appropriate, with some resources, reflections and suggestions for action. It is important that we, as heirs to the charism of St. Eugene, continue to be engaged as missionaries and pastors in the struggle to uphold the dignity and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters who are the poor with their many faces. Among these faces, in my own heart, I often see the faces of immigrants and refugees.
How can we be engaged? I believe we can begin with personal reflection and study, and by respectfully listening to one another and to those to and with whom we minister.
Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, Discusses Oblate Charism at Parish Retreat February 1st, 2017
More than two hundred coordinators and sub-coordinators from the Oblate Parish in San Fernando, Santa Rosa Church, attended a workshop/retreat last Saturday, January 28th in Sylmar, CA organized by Deacon Jesus Fernandez. Attendees reflected on the message of the 36th Oblate General Chapter and discussed how, as members of an Oblate parish, they can better learn and live out Oblate Charism. The theme of the workshop/retreat was: “Called to see the world through the eyes of the Crucified.”
To facilitate the reflection and discussion several presentations were delivered, led by Fr. Webert Meriland, OMI, pastor of Santa Rosa, who spoke on the need to be a missionary parish committed to social justice. Other speakers included Sister Judy Donava, from OneLA, who spoke on Catholic Social teaching: Social Action-Moral Action; and Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, JPIC director, who examined the message and invitation of the 36th Oblate General Chapter.
Once a year, coordinators and sub-coordinators of all ministries of Santa Rosa Church are invited to participate in these workshops/retreats. This is the second time OMI JPIC has participated.
Oblate JPIC Regional Representatives Meet in Rome January 19th, 2017