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Photos from Frs. Jim Brobst and Antonio Ponce’s 3-Week Visit to Zambia December 2nd, 2016

Photos from Fr. Jim Brobst, OMI, Midwest area councilor and Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, JPIC Director’s three-week visit to Zambia

(Photos courtesy of Fr. Jim Brobst, OMI)



(From L to R) Fr. Jim Brobst, Fr. Terrence Chota and Fr. Antonio Ponce


Fr Sydney Musonda, OMI shows off baptismal font with Frs Antonio Ponce and Freeborn Kibombwe looking on.


Greeting young students at Saturday Catechism in Mary Immaculate Parish, Lusaka, Zambia.


Cathedral of the Christ Child, Lusaka, Zambia


(From L to R): Fr. Antonio Ponce, Bishop Evans Chinyama Chinyemba, Fr. Jim Brobst and Fr. Barnabas Simatende on the Zambezi River







Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! November 23rd, 2016

This Thanksgiving, Missionary Oblates JPIC staff and JPIC Committee Members are grateful for your support.

We are thankful for your partnership and commitment to justice, peace and integrity of creation. 

Wishing You a Blessed Thanksgiving!




Shop for Bargains and Make a Statement this Black Friday November 21st, 2016

Join The Human Thread’s Campaign with Macy’s and Kohl’s

macys-postcard-300x232Based in Milwaukee, WI, The Human Thread seeks to foster awareness that promotes solidarity between consumers of clothing and those who produce them to create a more just economy and sustainable communities.

Between now and Black Friday (Nov. 25), The Human Thread is spearheading a postcard campaign. Postcards are being sent to the CEOs of Macy’s and Kohl’s in support of a living wage at locations where clothes sold in the U.S. are made. Please join Oblates JPIC in this effort.

Visit The Human Thread’s website to read more about the issue and download campaign postcards.


Pope Francis Proposes New Beatitudes Linking JPIC, Evangelization and Ecumenism November 21st, 2016


by Fr. Harry Winter, OMI

After his ecumenical celebration with Lutherans in Lund, Sweden, on Oct. 31, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for All Saints Day in nearby Malmo. During his homily on the Beatitudes, he proposed six new Beatitudes. Notice how they link together the various dimensions of our Catholic Faith:

  • Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
  • Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
  • Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
  • Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
  • Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
  • Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.

Pope Francis observed that new situations require new energy and new commitment. It is also significant that the Prayer Intentions at the Mass were read in 5 European languages (Swedish, English, Spanish, German and Polish) as well as Arabic.

For the joy which we receive from working with other Christians, especially Lutherans, see the Christian Joy page, Mission-Unity-Dialogue website:

In one of the early translations after Vatican II, of the Scriptures into English for proclamation at Mass, the beatitudes became the “happytudes”: Happy are those, etc.

As we work for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation with other Christians, may we share more blessedness, happiness and joy!

A Very Difficult Situation: Venezuela (Originally Posted on OMI World) November 18th, 2016

Venezuela is going through a crucial political and economic crisis. Oblate Fr., superior of the OMI Mission, shares some of these challenges in his recent testimony on the national situation in the country.

Read Father Javier’s testimony: A Very Difficult Situation: Venezuela

Missionary Oblates partner organization,
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) also recently brought together distinguished experts and insightful analysts for a discussion: Venezuela: What Can Be Done.

Watch a video of this event.


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