January 25, 2021
Zoom and See: The Courage to Walk in the Footsteps of the Apostles
On October 9, 1814, Fr. Eugene de Mazenod wrote to the young priest Henri Tempier inviting him to join the group of missionaries that was being formed in Aix-en-Provence, Southern France: “Happiness awaits us in this holy Society which will have but one heart and soul. One part of the year will be devoted to the conversion of souls, the other to seclusion, study and our individual sanctification. I say no more for the moment; it suffices to give some intimation of the spiritual delights we will taste together. If, as I hope, you wish to be one of us, you will not find yourself in unknown terrain; you will have four companions. If presently we are not more numerous, it means we wish to choose men who have the will and the courage to walk in the footsteps of the apostles. It is important to lay solid foundations.”
Fr. Tempier responded to this invitation with enthusiasm and courage, “I understand what is most important in your search for collaborators; you want priests who do not fall into mediocrity and routine. Priests who are ready to walk in the steps of the Apostles. (…) You can count entirely on me.” On January 25, 1816 Fathers De Mazenod, Deblieu, Tempier, Mie and Icard formed a community for the work of the missions, which later will be called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It was the beginning of the amazing adventure in God’s mission that continues till today.
Hearing and answering God’s call is not always easy. Our OMI Lacombe Canada Vocation Team is ready to accompany inquirers and discerners as they search for how Christ is inviting them to follow Him. If you are a young Catholic man (18-40 years of age), who is a Canadian resident and are interested in Oblate religious and missionary life, we invite you to “Zoom and See” on January 25, 2021 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time.
You will have an opportunity to meet our Vocation Team, to learn about the mission and charism of the Oblates, especially from the Canadian perspective. There will be also some time for virtual fellowship and Q&A. We invite you to step deeper into the discernment process and spend focused time with us in prayer and reflection.
It takes courage to walk in the footsteps of the Apostles… Take the first step!
Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qdeGspjMsEt3XJnh6kYm_Cl03pQzsQYRx
For more info, please contact Fr. Jarek Pachocki, OMI – Vocation Director via email firstname.lastname@example.org Zoom and See!
OMI Lacombe Canada Vocation Team contact info: http://tinyurl.com/VocationsTeam