Our mission is to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to seek it before all else. We fulfill this mission in community… a sign that, in Jesus, God is everything for us. CCRR #11
From the youngest and newest members to the oldest and most experienced, Oblates live in community wherever possible. In Oblate life, community means a unity and a communion of life and heart with our brother Oblates. We work at that! In the more remote areas in Canada’s north, in sparsely populated areas across Canada, and in other missionary territory, you will find Oblates living alone. Even so, our love for the community causes us to gather from time to time to support one another and to pray and celebrate as brothers.
The community allows us to be ourselves, encourages us to develop our talents, invites us to share these gifts, and supports us in ministry. Because our faith is strengthened in the community, we are able to minister more effectively.
But our Oblate communities do not exist in isolation. We are part of the larger process of a hunger and a search for community in the church and the world. This search for community is a longing to have an identity, to be accepted in our own uniqueness, to be able to share, to belong, to be a part of, to have a group identity.
As Missionaries, we want our Oblate communities to be real centers of life and hope, which speak to our brothers and sisters around the world. By living together in spite of the difficulties involved, we believe that Christ wants us to show that his unifying love and spirit are stronger than all the forces of disruption, and that the liberation of people has already begun.