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Mission                   Unity                 Dialogue

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).


For further information on Oblate involvement in the US Catholic Mission Association, please click here.


Synod on the family October 4th-25th click here

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.
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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




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.



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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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