The joy and generosity of Oblate life – this is the theme for the Year of Oblate Vocations which began on December 8, 2017. “I would like to invite you,” says the Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, “to consider that the testimony of joy and generosity of our lives can awaken a vocational interest among young people.”
Oblate units around the world have taken various initiatives for this year of oblate vocations.
As for the community of Aix-en-Provence, this year was inaugurated on December 9th during an evening of prayer and sharing organized by the Mazenodian family. During this evening, Fr. ASODO presented statistics on Oblates formation and Patrick VEY, a young Oblate Scholastic from Germany, currently doing his regency in Aix, gave a testimony by presenting the different stages of his formation, his studies, his various experiences of community and apostolic life.
During this year devoted to oblate vocations, the community of Aix invites us to pray before the Blessed Sacrament every first Thursday of the month, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, in the Oblate Chapel. The community also proposes to recite and meditate the rosary every fourth day of the month, in front of the tomb of Saint Eugene de Mazenod at the cathedral of Marseille at 3 pm. The rosary could also be recited at any other personally chosen moment of the same day!
Krzysztof ZIELENDA, OMI