Priests and Brothers


“Always close to people with whom they work, Oblates will remain unceasingly attentive to their aspirations and values….” Close, is the word that often people use to speak about us. We are not complicated. That is found in our way of welcoming our guests. Fr. de Mazenod had a big heart, a great capacity for affection; some of this has probably remained in us. Fr. Gerard, wrote during one of his retreats: “. the secret with the Basuthos is to love them, to always love them, to love them anyway.” He knew the Founder in his youth! This closeness to people makes us learn their languages and become one of them, it makes us take up the cause of the workers in Latin America or France, to accompany the immigrants, to build schools, hospitals or radio stations, it saves us from the danger of becoming officials, it is often why people love us and regret to see us leave.

Click here to see the Oblates in La Morita.

Click here to see the Oblates in Zambia.

Men of the Word

Fr. Mutale Nebby, OMI greets parishioner “We are not made for ordinary pastoral work! It is true that in the course of history we took parishes which we wanted to make missionary, but the original project was “… to bring the Good News to the people who have not yet received it… and where the Church is already established, our commitment is to the groups it touches least.” (Const. 5) The Church constantly needs renewal, revival, deepening. This was, and is still the task of the parochial missions which were true events, with home visits, times for meeting and prayer, in small groups, big celebrations at the church, processions in the street! The format has evolved and it seems that this style is definitely out. How, then, to help the modern world – post-modern and post-secular, -discover the richness of the Christian faith? These are big questions. Our presence in a considerable number of Marian Shrines can be the beginning of an answer. In fact, we are in Lourdes – since 1985 – and also at Our Lady of Snows, in Belleville, Illinois, in the USA, in Koden, Poland, in Madhu, Sri Lanka, and in many other smaller shrines. Recently, we established a community in Loreto, Italy. Crowds flock to these places. They seek an experience, a conversion, and a light for their life. It is then we must “serve” them the good food of the Word, in the language of today, “so that they may have joy and that their joy be full,” as Saint John said.

Towards the future

The Epistle to the Hebrews says that Moses walked as if he saw the Invisible One (He.11, 27). This is somewhat our situation. The world changes, our contemporaries struggle to find work, to manage their life, to raise their children, to enjoy leisure when the opportunity arises. Points of reference are confused, values are like stocks, they go up and down and they are exchanged! Each person tries to lead its life, as if alone in the world!
This mainly Western cultural context, has deeply affected our existence and our work. The choice of our life appears difficult for the present generations. Generosity, selflessness, community… God… are not popular values! Life commitment is often frightening! There arises the question of vocations. Will we be the last links in a great history, or will the heritage be carried on again vigorously and joyously by new generations?

It is true, that while the Congregation decreases in the northern hemisphere, it grows in the southern hemisphere. It is time to make way for others, to accept changes, to adapt structures and cultures.

The time of courage

The globalization of poverty and the concentration of wealth have made precarious the life of so many of our contemporaries, especially to the south, but also in the north. Misery is a theological question. God, in man His image, is condemned to live in sub-human conditions! How can it be tolerated? How can we not help? How can we not commit ourselves to changing the “structures of sin” which are the cause? Another vast field is inter-religious dialogue. The encounter with Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam raise new questions in the West. If the politicians are discovering the problem only now, long ago, our brothers in the field were working to create bridges to avoid as much as possible mistrust and confrontation. In this connection, we must mention Father Marcello Zago, our former Superior General, deceased as Archbishop and Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, who was the kingpin of the historical meeting between the religious leaders of the world, in Assisi, in 1986? It was a great beginning, but what remains to be done is enormous and calls for our commitment.

We are thus confronted with new situations and new questions, both internal and external. It is a time of courage!

– Christ invites us to follow him and to share in his mission through word and work
– We co-operate with the Saviour and imitate his example, committing ourselves principally to evangelising the poor

“To live Christ Jesus”

-We are ready to leave everything to be disciples of Jesus
– Our desire to co-operate with him draws us to know him more deeply, to identify with him and to let him live in us
– We give ourselves to the Father in obedience even unto death and dedicate ourselves to God’s people in unselfish love

In apostolic community

– We strive to be the Lord’s companions and his messengers

To live Christ Jesus crucified

– The cross of the Lord is central to our mission- through the eyes of our crucified Saviour we see the world

Among the most abandoned

– Our principal mission is to proclaim Christ to the most abandoned
– Our mission is to those whose condition cries out for hope. These are the poor with their many faces; we give them our preference

In the Church

– We work in unity and brotherhood with others who work for the Gospel
– Proclaiming the Word
– We spare no effort to proclaim the Word of God, and feel a responsibility to evangelize

With daring, humility and trust

– We are close to the people whom we serve and take into account their values and aspirations
– As prophets of the new world
– We bear witness to God’s holiness and justice and announce the liberating presence of Jesus Christ born in his resurrection

With Mary Immaculate

– We shall always look to Mary Immaculate, the patroness of our Congregation, as our mother
– We always strive to instill genuine devotion to Mary Immaculate

(summary taken from OMI Constitutions and Rules, Rome 2000)

Welcome to CasinoPhilippines10, the ultimate destination for online casino enthusiasts in the Philippines. Our website is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive and reliable information about the top online casinos in the country. Whether you are a seasoned player or new to the thrilling world of online gambling, we strive to ensure that you have the best possible gaming experience.
At CasinoPhilippines10, we understand that choosing the right online casino can be a daunting task. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to find a platform that meets your specific needs and preferences. That’s why we have done the hard work for you, carefully reviewing and selecting the top Philippines online casino. Our team of experts has analyzed each casino’s game variety, security measures, payment options, and customer support to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
When you choose to play at one of the casinos recommended by CasinoPhilippines10, you can rest assured that you are playing on a reputable and trustworthy platform. We only recommend casinos that are licensed and regulated by recognized authorities, ensuring fair gameplay and the protection of your personal and financial information.
Whether you prefer traditional table games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat, or enjoy the excitement of slot machines and video poker, you will find a wide variety of games to suit your taste. Many of the recommended casinos also offer live dealer games, allowing you to experience the thrill of a real casino from the comfort of your own home.
In addition to providing detailed casino reviews, CasinoPhilippines10 also offers valuable tips and strategies to help you improve your chances of winning. Our blog features articles on various casino games, providing insights and advice from experienced players. We believe that knowledge is power, and we want to empower you to make the most of your online casino experience.
So, whether you are a casual player looking for some entertainment or a serious gambler seeking big wins, CasinoPhilippines10 is your go-to resource for all things online casino in the Philippines. Visit our website today and embark on an exciting journey filled with endless possibilities. Join the vibrant online casino community and experience the thrill of gambling like never before. Trust CasinoPhilippines10 to be your guide to the best online casinos in the Philippines. Start playing now and may Lady Luck be on your side!