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Letter From the Superior General for the Feast of St. Eugene De Mazenod May 19th, 2022

“We are pilgrims, journeying with vibrant hope and a deep communion”

Dear Brother Oblates, and all our Sisters, Brothers, and Young People who live the Oblate charism,

The life and charism of St. Eugene continue to inspire many thousands of men, women, and young people to seek holiness and to live as missionaries throughout the world. In celebrating the Solemnity of St. Eugene, let us give thanks for the grace of the Oblate charism, a genuine expression of the Gospel.  On our feast day, Oblates in difficult circumstances are very present in our hearts and on our minds.  We remember in prayer the Oblates and people of Ukraine who are suffering so much from the war provoked by Russia.  I want to thank all who have given very generously to help Ukraine, and also for the relief work being done directly and constantly by the Oblates of Poland. 

In this letter for our Founder’s feast day, I would like to call your attention to four important upcoming events of the Congregation.  The first of these events to take place is the “Week of Prayer for Oblate Vocations” from the Founder’s feast day, May 21st, to the feast of Blessed Joseph Gerard, May 29th.  Resources for this week of prayer have been prepared by the Internal Formation Committee of the Central Government.  They are available in three languages and can be downloaded from the OMI website.     

Read the Superior’s full letter at OMIWORLD’s website

 


Oblate US Province & Oblate School of Theology Jointly Issue Statement on Buffalo, New York May 17th, 2022

 
The Oblate US Province and Oblate School of Theology have jointly issued a statement on the recent killings in Buffalo, New York. The Oblates have a long history in Buffalo.
 
“We, as Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate who serve the people of Buffalo in pastoral care, and as Oblate School of Theology, a ministry of the Missionary Oblates, pledge to continue preaching this truth proclaimed by St. Eugene, to work toward unity and truth, to eradicate racism in ourselves and work against it wherever it may be found.”
 
Download the statement: https://bit.ly/3FRVu05
 
Buffalo Statement - Final-May 17
 
 
 
 
 

AFJN Welcomes Dr. Steven Nabieu Rogers as the New Executive Director May 17th, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Nabieu Rogers, new Executive Director of Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN)! OMI USA JPIC has been a member of AFJN for 30 years.

Washington DC – The Africa Faith and Justice Network, a Catholic 501(c)3 organization, has named Dr. Steven Nabieu Rogers as its new Executive Director. With Catholic missionary congregations and numerous Africa-focused coalitions of all persuasions, AFJN works to advocate for just relations with Africa and in partnership with African people as they engage in the struggle for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Nabieu Rogers has accepted AFJN’s Executive Director position” said Sr. Florence Deacon, OSF, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Dr. Rogers comes highly recommended and has a breadth of knowledge and experiences that will serve him well in his new leadership role. I believe his grasp of the realities of what is happening in Africa and his vision will set AFJN up for a solid future.” 

Dr. Rogers earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX) and a Masters in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). Prior to joining AFJN, he was a faculty member and Old Mutual Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (Cape Town, South Africa). Dr. Rogers has published articles on globalization, urbanization and housing in Africa and believes that Africa’s needs are best served by an African-led intellectualism emanating from the lived experiences of Africans. READ FULL RELEASE.

 


Spring into Healing Earth Day Celebration May 4th, 2022

By Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, director of La Vista Ecological Learning Center

For fifty-two years, Earth Day has been commemorated on April 22nd since Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson initiated the event out of his deeply felt concern for our deteriorating environment. Interestingly, he elicited the cooperation of a Republican congressman to be his co-chair. Together they launched an effort that has gained momentum and branched out as its significance deepens during our present climate crisis.


This year our Earth Day celebration took place inside the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville which provided the perfect ambience.  As I looked up at the continents etched into the dome and then around at the participants drumming and dancing underneath, I felt a deep gratitude for being alive, and isn’t that what an Earth Day Celebration should evoke?

Others felt equally moved.  One woman commented, “I felt blessed!  I enjoyed sharing thoughts and memories, catching up with old friends, meeting new ones. And the drumming and dancing was awesome!” Another participant wrote a thank you saying, “What an uplifting blend of celebration, inspiration, education and call to action. It was perfect for the Easter season of hope and renewal!”

This event was offered by the Confluence Climate Collaborative, of which La Vista Ecological Learning Center is a member.  We had just read and discussed the book All We Can Save: Truth Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, and during the afternoon we shared our favorite quotes, thoughts, and poems. One that especially touched me was by Geneen Marie Haugen: In our time of disturbance and radical change, we are crossing a threshold, a portal, or an unseen bridge from one world to another.  It could be said that the bridge is either collapsing beneath us, or being made as we walk together, in the long twilight hours when one civilization gives way to another.

I truly felt that we were making the bridge together as we shared ourselves during the afternoon.  And being together ignited my hope that one civilization really is giving way to another, to one that believes in solutions to the climate crisis that hear both the cry of Earth and the cry of the poor. I also felt blessed!

 


21st Session: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is April 25-May 6, 2022 April 22nd, 2022


The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a forum mandated to address issues faced by Indigenous Peoples related to economic and social development, culture, environment, health, and human rights.

More specifically, UNPFII:

  • provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • raises awareness and promotes the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system
  • prepares and disseminates information on issues faced by Indigenous Peoples
  • promotes respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its followup 

For more information on NGO scheduled events download the Justice Coalition of Religious’ (JCOR) event guide.

All open meetings of UNPFII will be streamed at: UN WebTV

Official website for UNPFII21: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii-twenty-first-session-25-april-6-may-2022.html 

 

 


2022 Earth Day: Mother Earth is Crying Out for Help April 20th, 2022

BISHOP MICHAEL PFEIFER, O.M.I.
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of San Angelo


     

On World Earth Day which we celebrate annually on April 22rd, “Mother Earth” is crying out for help to all of her “children”, all inhabitants of the planet to urgently care for her and repair the damage that is being done to the earth, which Pope Francis calls “Our Common Home — Our mother is crying out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her”. The earth can indeed be called a “Mother”, as she provides for what we need to live.

           Image designed by Freepik

Earth Day is a time to appreciate the wonderful gift of planet earth and to commit ourselves, each and everyone around the world to assure her survival in the future. The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in Our Planet”. Together all nations of the world indeed must invest much more time, effort, and resources in our earth to ensure a green, healthy, equitable and prosperous future. More than ever, we need to act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably. It is going to take all of us businesses, governments of the world, churches, schools, all citizens, both the young and the old to accomplish this.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT

 

 

 

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