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Three Year Lead Up to 200 Years of Oblates!
12/11/2013

In early November, General Councillor Fr. Chicho ROIS ALONSO, the Central Government’s liaison for youth ministry, wrote to all of the Congregation’s major superiors a letter encouraging them to invite the young people of their Units to take part in the celebration of the Triennium we are about to begin. On December 8, 2013, the Oblates around the world will begin a three-year period of prayer, reflection and celebration of the 200thanniversary of the 1816 founding of the Missionaries of Provence who ten years later would become the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

In his letter, Fr. Chicho wrote: “In fact, in 1816 our Founder, St. Eugene de Mazenod, began to live in common with the first group of his companions in the house in Aix. From the beginning, our first Fathers shared life, faith and mission with the youth of the Christian Association which St. Eugene had created three years earlier. We are convinced that we cannot celebrate the 200 years of the beginning of our community and missionary life without the presence of youth; furthermore, we cannot make our “three-year pilgrimage of preparation” without accompanying and being accompanied by young people who are somehow living our charism. We believe that moving through this Triennium together with youth will be of mutual benefit for the Oblates and the young people. So it was in the beginning and so it has been every time Oblates and youth have walked together, sharing life and mission, over the almost 200 years of history. The young people themselves have shown their enthusiasm and have suggested many ideas during the Oblate pre-World Youth Day in Aparecida, Brazil.”

Included with his letter was a document that contained a number of suggested activities that Units could adapt to their own circumstances in order to engage young people and Oblates to live the Triennium together. He also invited the Units to share with the whole Congregation some of their own initiatives in this regard.

200 Year Youth Letter.pdf

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