GENERAL ADMINISTRATIONPilgrimAix – youth pilgrimage
There were 35 young people from
Italy, Spain, Ireland, Ukraine, Germany, France and Poland joined in the
"PilgrimAix” to discover places where St. Eugene de Mazenod had lived in. They
are animated by Brother Benoit DOSQUET and Father Henricus ASODO of the Aix
community. The Youth, accompanied by their own Oblate chaplains, Lisa RENNER, OMI
and Ileana CHINNICI, COMI, visited Aix and Marseille. The prayers, liturgical
celebrations or reflection on the spiritual experience of St. Eugene in the
veneration of the Cross on Good Friday as well as the pilgrimage of the parish
mission preached in 1820 at Aix by the Oblates, have indeed enriched their
Besides, in a solemn celebration, the Oblate Youth Chaplains: Antonio D’AMORE, David MEDINA, Jens WATTEROH, David OMIECINSKI, Andrzej ALBINIAK, Przemek KOSCIANEK and Jacques LANGLET, signed the copy of the request for the authorization to form a community of missionaries submitted in 1816 to the authorities of the diocese of Aix by St. Eugene and his first companions. This symbolic gesture is offered to all the Oblates who visit the Foundation’s room since last year as a preparatory triennium to the bicentenary of the Congregation. (Krzysztof ZIELENDA, http://www.centremazenod.org/)
In just one year, the attention of the entire Oblate Congregation will be focused on the Eternal City where the 36th General Chapter will be under way (September 14 – October 8, 2016).
The members of the Commission preparing the 36th General Chapter will meet soon in Rome (October 20 - 23) to review the steps already taken: a synthesis of the answers to the questionnaire sent as an animation tool to all Oblates; reports from the provinces, delegations, missions and regions; the list of chapter delegates already elected; the plans for the next steps; the recommendations from the General Council; and a visit the site of the chapter, the Christian Brothers property on Via Aurelia in Rome.
Claudio BERTUCCIO is the commissioner, assisted by Martin WOLF and Emmanuel YOUNGTEN. Fr. General is the chair of the commission; Cornelius NGOKA is the General Council liaison and William O’DONNELL is the secretary.
There are expected to be a maximum of 86 members of the Chapter from the various Oblate units and those invited by the Superior General. The complete list should be available by the end of 2015.
The logo for the Chapter has been selected and can be found at www.omiworld.org on the home page, as is the prayer for the success of the Chapter. More detailed information is expected to be added to the site following the Plenary Session of the Central Government in September/October and the October commission meeting.
Proposals for possible discussion at the Chapter should be sent to the commission as soon as possible, as the deadline is October 1. The e-mail address for correspondence with the commission is firstname.lastname@example.org.