LATIN AMERICAPreparing for OMI + WYD 2013
At the end of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the next international celebration of youth will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23-28, 2013. As in the recent past, prior to the “main event,” there will also be a gathering of Oblate youth on July 18-22. In a letter addressed to the Oblate family, the provincial of the Province of Brazil, Fr. Rubens Pedro CABRAL, has invited us to begin planning for this celebration.
Recently, we celebrated World Youth Day in Málaga and Madrid. It is bearing many fruits for the for the animation and organization of the youth in our various ministries. Now we have begun some important and necessary activities so that WYD of 2013 in Brazil will also be a moment of joy; that we might enhance our commitment to youth in our youth ministries and with our vocation candidates; and that as Oblates, we might serve the marginalized in our various areas of Church activity.
From Brazil, we are sending to various groups a small symbol that has much meaning for us, Aparecida, the Mother and Patroness of Brazil, which will host youth from different parts of the world, especially our dear neighbors from Central and South America, as well as from Europe, Guyana, Japan and Africa. Together, they will, along with the Superior General, make up the great Oblate Family which, nourished and motivated by the charism of St. Eugene, will gather to embrace his mission with renewed vigor.
In part, this communication should serve as a formal and special invitation to all, so that from this moment, they might begin the process of motivation and commitment to the grand event which we hope to promote. But it also contains some practical requests:
In the short term, as early as possible, we need to know if there are music and songs, known or not known, as well as singers or bands that wish to be present. These songs, in Spanish, French or English, should be sent ahead so that we can include them in the book of prayers and songs for the animation of the gathering.
We also need to know if there are persons who speak Portuguese sufficiently to be part of hospitality teams, translators, etc. With much joy and enthusiasm, they should arrive before the gathering, on a date to be determined, so that we can direct them.
Finally, registrations will last from May 2012 until May 2013. It is a long time, but we need to take advantage of it so that people know what is possible and can promote the attendance of everyone.
There are also some informative articles about the event that can be found at the web address: www.omibrasil.com. The site will be inaugurated on February 12, 2012, with a special celebration that can be seen on the internet, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Brazil time (UTC -3).
Receive this information as a sign of our desire to see you and meet you here next year. Among ourselves, our symbol will be the Oblate Cross with the motto “Embrace this mission!”, in line with the challenge of the general theme: “Go into the world and make disciples of all nations.” (Mt 28:19)
Perhaps the presence of Mary and the Oblate Cross among us, as it passes through all the available communities, will produce conversions and commitments for the next Oblate World Youth Day, as well as the later events in Rio de Janeiro.