By Fr. Gulshan Barkat, OMI
To mark the Golden Jubilee of the presence of the Oblates in Pakistan, a short community program was held at the Oblate Scholasticate, Karachi on February 14, 2021. The first group of Oblate missionaries came to Pakistan exactly 50 years ago, on February 14, 1971 from Sri Lanka.
Frs. Vernon DERRICK and Gulshan BARKAT in the speeches touched on some important aspects of the history of the Oblate Mission in Pakistan while the Scholastics with their singing made the event joyful.
A similar event was also held at the Oblate Juniorate in Multan where Fr. Pervez RAZA with the Juniorists marked the occasion with a beautiful celebration.
In the coming days, every Oblate serving in Pakistan will celebrate the golden jubilee in their own communities as the main programme of the Delegation is postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Let us thank all the missionaries from Canada, Poland, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Bangladesh with special reference to Sri Lanka who laboured, toiled and offered their very selves for evangelization of the people of God in Pakistan.