Update June 29th, 2016



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From June 19 (the celebration of Pentecost in the Eastern Calendar) to June 27,  the 14 Patriarchates of Eastern Orthodoxy, representing about 260 million Christians, will meet on the island of Crete in The Great and Holy Council of Eastern Orthodoxy. For more on this extraordinary meeting, click here for the difficulties described by the Jesuit editors of America magazine.

For the basic document of four statements to be discussed, click here.

To follow it each day, google The Ecumenical Patriarchate website and click on Holy and Great Council, in the upper left hand corner. For more on the importance of Eastern Christianity, go to that page on this website.



We will habitually examine what other Christians are doing in our area before initiating new projects or programs; we will do everything with them which faith does not oblige us to do separately. To accomplish this more effectively we will make ourselves aware of the characteristics of these Churches, their particular problems and ways of thinking.  In this way we will attempt to heal old divisions and present a unified witness to the non-Christian world (Missionary Outlook, #16e, 1972 General Chapter).

Fr. Ron wrote about the "progressive convergence" of Christian Churches, and World Religions, on Jan. 19, 2015. Click here. We welcome comment.  His previous article "Ecumenism, Our Neglected Mandate" (Jan. 27, 2013), has been archived:  click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
THE NEXT TWO ITEMS REVOLUTIONIZE MISSION, ECUMENISM AND DIALOGUE.  Jon Sobrino, SJ's begins in the Old World and depends on the New; Waclaw Hryniewicz, OMI's begins in the New World and depends on the Old. Please Click here


May 2016 Interview with Fr. Gallagher Reveals More:  please click here.

Fr. Gallagher's role in the in choosing the new Executive Director of the US Catholic Mission Association . For further info
please click here.
  January 2016 article on Synod on the Family and Eucharistic Sharing, click here . The article from October 4th-5th have been added to the January article.
  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.
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

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.

 We are privileged to have as a lay consultant Mrs. Bernard (Lisa) Hunke, who met the Oblates when her husband was stationed at Pope Air Force Base, Ft. Bragg, NC and she joined the Catholic Church, bringing her many talents especially from the United Methodist Church, to St. Ann's Parish, Fayetteville, NC, April 10,1992.  She now serves in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and also the Office of Family Life, Archdiocese of Omaha, NE, specializing in rural matters.  She is also a pastoral minister in her parish of St. Mary, West Point, NE. Click here for a valuable insight she has sent us.  You may contact her directly at lcthunke@msn.com.

                               Bernard & Lisa Hunke

Rev. Harry E. Winter, O.M.I. Coodinator of Ministry of Mission, Unity and Diolague -- 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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