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Are you
searching
to make
your life

special?

What is it   today that  provokes you  to think of  your future?  ó of your  vocation? It is  said that the  greatest    challenge in life  is to realize  oneís ideal.  The longest of   journeys begins  nonetheless  with a simple  step.

If, amidst your acts of generosity and service, a desire for justice and peace seems to be emerging, itís a good sign. But you want more, donít you? What the call of God desires to realize in your life is the radical liberation of your capacity to love.   Are you searching to make your life special? ó different? Concretize the missionary dream that is awakening in you! This decision belongs to you.

In 1807, a young man by the name of Eugene de Mazenod had a dream, maybe like yours. Desiring to be a companion to the Redeemer, he realized his dream by founding the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, whose mission it was to go among the poor with its many faces. Today, this dream continues to be made real by Oblate priests and brothers in the challenge to build a better world in the name of Jesus.

How can you begin to realize your dream? First, by praying to come to know your vocation; then also by seeking out a spiritual director who can help you to discern Godís desire for you. You certainly could contact the Director of Vocations and discover with him the apostolic commitment of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.



How do I become an Oblate of Mary Immaculate?

1. Basic Requirements

If you sense a call from the Lord to become an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, it is a good idea to check if you meet the basic requirements for all candidates to religious or priestly life, bearing in mind that you will no doubt feel the desire to grow in some of the following areas:

images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) a lot of faith, love, and hope
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) good physical health
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) good psychological health
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) aptitude for celibate life
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) twenty years of age or more
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) the desire to radically follow Jesus
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) the ability to live in community
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) a sense of the church and
images/WB01681_.gif (196 bytes) a love for the poor

 

 

2. Steps to Follow

A.    a period of discernment

Any serious commitment presupposes a period of discernment to truly discover the desire of God. This discernment is made in prayer, but above all by getting in touch with an Oblate in your area who can respond to your questions and who can help you to see your life-project more clearly. You will also be asked to choose a spiritual director and to have regular contact with an Oblate or a community of Oblates. This step varies from candidate to candidate and may be long or short in duration. It could include living in an Oblate community.

B.    a period of initiation: the prenovitiate

After the discernment period regarding your call and Oblate vocation, if your decision is leading you towards joining the community you will be accepted into the prenovitiate. As the word indicates, this is a time of preparation for the novitiate. In the prenovitiate, all candidates live with some Oblates for between six months to two years, according to the journey of each one. During this step, discernment continues. This time of life in community allows you to come to know the Oblates better and allows the Oblates to get to know you better. You can continue your studies or work full or part-time. It is during the prenovitiate that you can share your request to enter the novitiate.

C.    a period of deepening: the novitiate

The novitiate lasts for one year and is at the centre of Oblate formation. Every novice pursues a triple objective: to intensify his life of faith and prayer; to know more deeply the history, spirituality, and spirit of the Oblate charism; to experience religious life by living the vows in
community.

       pre-requisites for the novitiate

images/bullet-balf23.gif (523 bytes)    You must have completed your college studies if you intend to be a priest.
images/bullet-balf23.gif (523 bytes)    You must have completed your secondary studies if you intend to become a brother.
images/bullet-balf23.gif (523 bytes)    You are required to have lived the prenovitiate experience.
images/bullet-balf23.gif (523 bytes)    You must not have any debts or obligations. 

D.    a period of commitment: The Vows

At the end of the novitiate, the Oblate commits himself, through the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and perseverance for one your at a time. This commitment is renewed every year for a period of three to nine years before a definitive commitment is made.

The Oblate brother may be assigned work in an Oblate community as soon as the novitiate is ended. He may continue his religious formation through courses, sessions, or meetings. He completes his professional formation as needed through further studies or practicums.

The Oblate who is preparing to become a priest must follow undergraduate theological studies for three years. He thereafter does pastoral ministry in a parish for one or two years prior to his definitive commitment and ordination to priesthood.

Vocations Information:

For information about becoming an Oblate brother or a priest, please contact us via:

e-mail: vocationinfo@omi.ca

    or snail mail:  OMI Formation House,
20 Gareth Place., Saint Albert, AB;  T8N 3K5, Canada