EUROPECommission for Youth and Vocation Ministry
The European Commission for Youth and Vocation Ministry (CPJVE) met in Ukraine, at Obuhiv and Trivriv, on 21-25 October.Frs. Bartosz MADEJSKI (Poland), Jens WATTEROTH (Central European Province), David MUNOZ and Antonio D’AMORE (Mediterranean Province), Piotr WROBLEWSKI (Ukraine Delegation), Vincent GRUBER (France), Pavlo WYSZKOWSKI (CIE representative) and Luis Ignacio ROIS (General Councillor) participated.
prayed together, enjoyed the time and worked, of course. We evaluated the
Oblate World Youth Days in Aparecida, before Rio and GECO 2013 (the second
European gathering deepening the Oblate charism for youth from all our units).
The GECO 2013 theme was: “Passionate for Christ – Eugene, in his family and his
youthful experiences and our own experiences today.” We discussed many
important issues like celebrating the Triennium for the 200th
anniversary of the Congregation together with youth from Europe; plans for the
coming years; increasing of the communication between Oblates and Oblate youth…
It has been 16 years since the new congregation of the “Misioneras Oblatas de María Inmaculada” was founded in Spain -- five years earlier, there was a foundation in Paraguay. With the passing of time, they have also become international: candidates from Germany, Poland and Ukraine have come forth with the same attraction: they desired to be “Misioneras Oblatas,” fulfilling the charism of St. Eugene as women religious.
November 1, 2013 was a milestone in the history of this young congregation, which is of diocesan right: the first non-Spanish juniors celebrated their perpetual oblation. They are Katharina RAMRATH of Germany (the first of four Germans) and Iuliia VENGLOVSKA (Ukrainian). Many relatives and friends came from their countries to this celebration. The Mass was presided by the Bishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouca Varela who has always been very supportive of them. The Mass had parts in the 3 languages: Castilian, Ukrainian and German - a language also used by the Cardinal.
Concelebrating were the Oblate superiors of the Central European Province and of the Delegaton of Ukraine, Stefan OBERGFELL and Pawel WYSZKOWSKI. Miguel FRITZ represented the Central Government.
There are now 22 sisters in vows, besides several candidates. In all, they represent four different cultures; they live and work in three communities. The Mazenodian Family continues to grow! (Miguel Fritz)