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"The Oblate Charism is a living link between us, lay and religious.  In it, we have a special mutuality and solidarity.  What constitutes the basis of this communion?  The same fire that warmed the heard of Eugene de Mazenod.  A passionate love for Jesus Christ and the church, a familial love for Mary, who is the mother of all descipleship, and a preferential option for the poor, with their many faces."

(Letter from The General Chapter of 1998 to THOSE PERSONS WHO SHARE WITH US THE OBLATE CHARISM viz [The Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate represented at the Chapter for the first time by ten lay persons


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The call of Jesus Christ, heard within the Church through people's need for salvation, draws us together as Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Christ thus invites us to follow him and to share in his mission through word and work.

To Live Jesus Christ

We are men 'set apart for the Gospel', men ready to leave everything to be disciples of Jesus. The desire to co-operate with him draws us to know him more deeply, to identify with him, to let him live in us. We strive to reproduce in ourselves the pattern of his live.

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We are a missionary congregation. Our principal service in the Church is to proclaim Christ and His Kingdom to the most abandoned. We preach the Gospel among people who have not yet received it and help them see their own values in its light. Where the Church is already established, our commitment is to those groups it touches least.

To Awaken the Faith

We will spare no effort to awaken or re-awaken the faith in those people to whom we are sent and we will help them to discover 'who Christ is'. Our mission puts us on constant call to respond to the most urgent needs of the Church through various forms of witness and ministry.

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We will always be close to the people with whom we work, taking into account their values and aspirations. To seek new ways for the Word of God to reach their hearts often calls for daring; to present Gospel demands in all clarity should never intimidate us.

Radical Discipleship

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Our mission requires that in a radical way, we follow Jesus who was chaste and poor and who redeemed mankind by his obedience. This is why, through a gift of the Father we chose the way of the evangelical counsels.

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We achieve unity in our life only in and through Jesus Christ. Our ministry involves us in a variety of tasks, yet each act in life is an occasion of personal encounter with the Lord who, through us, gives himself to others and through others gives himself to us.

Our Life of Prayer

It is as missionaries that we worship, in the various ways that the Spirit suggests to us. We come before him bearing with us the daily pressures of our anxiety for those to whom he sends us. Our life, in all its dimensions, is a prayer that in us and through us God's Kingdom come.

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We fulfil our mission in and through the community to which we belong. Our communities are, therefore, apostolic. By growing in unity of heart and mind, we bear witness before the world, that Jesus lives in our midst and unites us in order to send us out to proclaim God's reign.

With Mary Immaculate

Mary Immaculate is the patroness of our congregation. Open to the Spirit, she consecrated herself totally as a lowly handmaid to the person and work of the Saviour. She received Christ in order to share him with all the world, whose hope he is. In her we recognise the model of the Church's faith and of her own.

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