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July 21st, 2015 Most recent updates 1: Home 2: Oblate Missiologists


Oblate Charism Congress, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, and seven other sites, world-wide, June 28-July 3, 2015, includes Missionary Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue.  For first installment, click here.

See Oblate Missiologists Page for Unique Oblate Accomplishment in Evangelization/Missiology

The three realities of Mission (Evangelization/Proclamation), Unity (Ecumenism) and Dialogue are explored very concisely by the late Archbishop Marcello Zago, OMI (1932-2001):  see the page "Oblate Missiologists," and click on the article in the bottom of the box.

"The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers.  But afterwards very little was done in that direction.  I have the humility and ambition to want to do something."  Pope Francis to Eugenio Scalfari, editor of La Repubblica, Oct. 1, 2013.

For practical, ongoing ecumenism see the five ways page

The miracle of unity has begun....I've never seen God begin a miracle without finishing it well. For the entire 7 minute video, go to the Pope Francis page.
Christian JoyContact Us
Eastern ChristianityEucharistic Hospitality
Five Ways Book/Fellowship
Manhattan Declaration
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Oblate MissiologistsOblate USA Site
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"Selma, Alabama, March 7-8, 2015, Oblate Bonds Dialogue and Justice: click here." Go to for the photos and article.

Roman Catholic and Episcopalian Bishops of Buffalo, NY:  Ecumenism for Evangelization.  Some Oblate Reflections.

As the oldest continual Oblate parish in the USA, Holy Angels Church, Buffalo, NY, established by the Oblates in 1851, has always been vitally interested in Christian Unity, for the sake of Evangelization.  See the following.  More Oblate connections in the weeks ahead.

To view the most recent, 2nd Pastoral Letter June/July 2015, Please Click Here and proceed to page 5

To view the groundbreaking Pastoral Letter Please Click Here



Pope Francis Continues the Process of Turning the Church Upside Down

With the placement of the People of God before the Hierarchy in the
Constitution on the Church of Vatican II, a reversal of our ministry as Oblates missionaries began.  Russell Shaw's short article in America, "Everyone's Vocation," Sept. 29th 2014 is a must read presentation of this:
Click Here  
Church Before Vatican II Church After Vatican II


"This photo, taken in 1998, shows  Bishop William Franklin, prior to his 2005 ordination as an Episcopal priest  with Father Harry Winter, O.M.I. and Bishop Franklin's father-in-law, Joseph Vircillo. We were at the home of Joe and his wife Caterina Vircillo for the traditional Christmas Eve Italian dinner. The Vircillos were members of  Fr. Winter's parish, St. Rose of Lima in Buffalo, NY.


Also at table but not in the photo was  Bishop Franklin's wife, Carmela Vircillo Franklin , a   scholar of the Latin Middle Ages,  who served as Director of the American Academy in Rome from 2005-10. During that time, her husband served as priest at several  Episcopal Churches  in Italy.  Bishop Franklin was elected to be Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York in 2010 and was consecrated as such on April 30, 2011.  The Franklin's were married in 1971. They have two adult daughters,  both baptized in the Episcopal Church .  


Marriages between people raised in different Christian traditions and even between individuals of different faiths  are becoming increasingly frequent. Are we Oblates prepared to work with such leaders?"

Why is Holy Spirit reversing the pyramids? So, we can reconcile two almost contradictory truths The Roman Catholic Church is essential for evangelization, and the Roman Catholic Church needs constant reform from other Christian churches and other religious bodies.  For a marvelous. short presentation of this tension,  see Gavin D'Costa. "A Prophetic vision:'Dogmatic Constitution Church' 50 Years Later," America, Nov. 17, 2014, pp. 19-22 Click here

The holding of both truths in tension is necessary for effective evangelization.

Rev. Harry E. Winter, O.M.I.
-- see biography

 Episcopalian Former Priests and Mission Hits Home for the Oblates.



Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No.3, Third Series, Oct. 2005

Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No.5, Third Series, Dec. 2008

Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No.6 Third Series, Dec. 2009

Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No. 1, Fourth Series, Aug. 2010

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