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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.
"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.
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.
US Catholic Mission Association: From President Greg Gallagher, OMI (2013--) to Executive Research Assistant Anatole (Benny) Baillargeon, OMI (1970-73).
Oblate participation in the US Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) has been crucial over the years. It is also mostly unknown, both to Oblates and the US Catholic Church.
Currently the USCMA is preparing for a Mission Congress. These are held every five years, and, like the annual conference, rotate from city to city. "Witnessing Mission: Called to be Missionary Disciples," the Mission Congress 2015 will be held in Houston, TX, from Oct. 1-4. Besides USCMA, 9 other Catholic organizations are sponsors.
The work of president Greg Gallagher, OMI, and executive research assistant Anatole (Benny) Baillargeon was publicized on the Oblate national website on Aug. 12, 2015: click here. Now we present especially the work of the Oblate Center for Mission Studies, which worked closely with USCMA from 1994-98, and then that of our vicars for Mission, Dave Ullrich, OMI and Billy Morell, OMI.
Hank Lemoncelli, Jim Sullivan and myself all were in close contact with the USCMA during the existence of the Oblate Center for Mission Studies, at Oblate College in Washington, DC. Our work was greatly helped by the fact that the assistant director of USCMA, Gene Pocernich, a priest from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI, lived with us at Oblate College during much of this time.
Visiting Oblate missiologists Jose Ante, OMI and Ron Young, OMI, also attended USCMA events. One monthly event, Pizza and Mission, featured our Congolese Oblate Gode Iwele, OMI, addressing "How Africa Is Re-inventing Christianity: experiences and challenges from Zaire" (6th in the series, March 6, 1996).
But the most important event was the planning for a meeting bringing together Catholics from USCMA, mainline Protestants and Eastern Orthodox from the National Council of Churches, and evangelical Protestants. This event, organized by members from the three groups, "The Continuing Committee for Common Witness," was held at the Bishop Cousins Center, Milwaukee, WI, from May 14-17, 1998. It was publicized as the "Third Ecumenical Conference on 'Mission in a New Millennium'."
Since the Oblate Center for Mission Studies had been disbanded in early 1998, as the five provinces of Oblates in the USA began to merge into one national province, the member of the new administration who would eventually have the portfolio for Mission, attended the event. Dave Ullrich, OMI, also served on the Board of Directors of the USCMA. When his term ended, his successor, Billy Morell, OMI, served on the board, from 2006-11.
Ron Rolheiser, OMI, has called the Oblates "the best kept secret in the missionary world." Our participation in the USCMA has enabled us to receive much from other missionaries (who are increasingly lay people) and to give our experience to them.Prayers are especially welcome for the Oct. 1-4 Houston, TX, Mission Congress
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
The holding of both truths in tension is necessary for effective evangelization.
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