561 - December 2015
November 11th, 2015 - November 30th, 2015

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GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

JPIC Committee meeting 2015

From November 2-6, the OMI JPIC General Service Committee met in Rome for their annual session. Present at this session were Frs. Kennedy KATONGO, the Director; Gilberto PIÑÓN, Assistant General holding the Mission portfolio; Miguel FRITZ, General Councillor for Latin America; Bradly ROZAIRO, Asia-Oceania Region; Elphas KHOZA, Africa-Madagascar Region; Antonio PONCE, Canada-US Region; and Miguel PIPOLO, Latin American Region. Fr. Kevin McLAUGHLIN, who represents Europe, was unable to attend. Also present was Fr. Daniel LeBLANC, who represents the Oblates at the United Nations and VIVAT International in New York. Invited as observers and giving input were Frs. Warren BROWN, General Councillor for the Canada-US Region, and Fr. David KUMAR from the General House. Sister Teresa Dagdag from the Maryknoll Sisters was also an observer and special contributor to the session.


Standing (left to right) - Frs. Gilberto Piñón, Warren Brown, Kennedy Katongo, Miguel Pipolo, Miguel Fritz
Seated (left to right) – Frs. Bradly Rozairo, Antonio Ponce, Daniel LeBlanc, Elphas Khoza

Unable to be in Rome for the meeting, Fr. Louis LOUGEN, the Superior General sent a letter to the committee. Among other things, he wrote: "We must continue the basic work of helping all Oblates understand and own that the ministry of JPIC is at the heart of evangelization. This work can never discourage us. We share this good news, we invite each Oblate to be involved and we show the connection between the Gospel and the JPIC ministry. This is a continuous work of conscientization”. He added: "The encyclical [Laudato Si’] provides us with a great moment to develop tools for Oblate communities and our ministries for concrete actions in relation to the environment. The availability of some resources for the Oblates in the midst of missionary work is key to help them be more involved and to see the connections”. Furthermore, "we need to continue to organize more fully and activate our congregational structures for the animation of JPIC so that they are effective, collaborative and friendly. The more effective our structures function, the better we will achieve the previous two points”.


The letter from the Superior General set a tone for the deliberations of the session. There were reports from the Director and from the members as well as discussions on various topics such as: updating the Vade Mecum for JPIC ministry; animation tools for the Oblate Triennium; strategies and priorities; work with refugees and migrants; animation of the Regions, Units and local communities regarding JPIC issues; JPIC and the 36th General Chapter. (Kennedy Katongo)

 




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