Thanks to Hermie Alignay for sending this to the National Office
Religious Congregations, such as the Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate (OMI), come into existence to share a gift, or special talent, given by God for the benefit of others. The charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod, Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is to preach the Good News to the poor. The poor have many faces and there are many kinds of poverty in our world.
Oblate Associates like the Oblates themselves, called to minister directly to the poor. Oblate Associates commit to: regular prayer and meditation; regular work with the poor; building community; growth in Oblate Spirituality; and annual Retreat.
In the Church of Most Precious Blood (CMPB) in Chula Vista, California there are Oblate Associates that have been in existence since February 2004.
On May 25, 2013 during the 5:00 pm anticipated Mass, 19 Oblate Associates renewed their commitment to lead a life inspired by the Oblate charism. This was the culmination of their annual Retreat on March 8, 2013 at Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside, California, which is situated away from the city noise, up in the mountain overlooking the beauty of the city.
The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joseph (Joe) Ferraioli, OMI, and con-celebrated by Fr. Paul Nourie, OMI, the Pastor of the parish, with Deacon Rollie Bonggat and Deacon Ruben Pelina.
In his homily, Fr. Joe gave a synopsis of what being an Oblate of Mary Immaculate (OMI) is all about. He told the congregation the importance of the Oblate Associates, especially now that the Most Precious Blood Parish will be returned to the Diocese of San Diego in February 2014 after 20 years being ministered by OMI priests. Fr. Joe invited the parishioners present to join the Oblate Associates
The Oblate’s presence, their love, support and missionary ministry that we experienced for 20 years will be greatly missed. Hopefully the Oblate Associates can continue the charism of St. Eugene De Mazenod and will be able to fill the void of the absence of OMI priests.
With faith, lots of prayers, and intercession of Mary Immaculate, we the Associates trust the Holy Trinity will always be with us.