On December 8th, 2013, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, about 4,000 Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world began their Oblate Triennium, a three year preparation for the 200th Anniversary of the Establishment of their Congregation. Fr. Superior General Louis Lougen, said that, “this jubilee is a gift from God, a holy time, a kairos for each Oblate and for all those associated for us, lay people, young people, and religious congregations that have connections with the Oblate charism.”
To commemorate this special occasion, over 140 priests and lay associates gathered at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga on December 9th, 2013. The event began with the Holy Eucharist which was presided by Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, William McGrattan, and concelebrated by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Assumption Province from the Toronto district and other religious and diocesan priests from the Toronto area. Guests in attendance included the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Grzegorz Morawski, Honourary Oblates, parents and families of Oblates, employees of Assumption Province and people of good will who support and promote the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. At the end of Mass, Fr. Marian Gil OMI, Provincial of Assumption Province, presented two individuals, Mr. Mark Garczynski and Mr. Paul Fletcher, with the Crystal Oblate Madonna Award for their contributions to promoting the charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod and dedication to the mission of Assumption Province. The Holy Eucharist was followed by a formal sit-down lunch.
The program for Triennium celebrations in Assumption Province, will focus on three areas: 1. Renewal of Oblate Life; 2. Oblate Youth Ministry; 3. Parish Ministry. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Assumption Province ask all people of good will to participate in Triennium celebrations in the coming three years and keep Oblates in their prayers, that this time of grace and preparation bears much fruit. More information can be found at www.omiap.org.
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An article in the Catholic Register about the opening of the Oblate Triennium can be found here.