Updated February 4th, 2016



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  Mission                   Unity                 Dialogue

 To View Will Shaw's 2016 Pick of the Year "Pope Francis' Triple Play" (Feb 2015)Please Click Here

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).

If you read nothing else in the next twelve months regarding Evangelization, read this:  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.

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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