Congregation of Oblates of
ARE YOU INTERESTING IN RELIGIOUS LIFE?
THE PROCESS TO BE AN OBLATE OF MATER ORPHANORUM
After a period of knowledge and vocational discernment through the contact with the Oblates of final Vows, begins a period called aspirantado (aspired). Then, the first stage of formation follows, which is the postulancy. This stage can last from six months to a year, and the postulant receives human and spiritual formation. Then, she is introduced to the Congregation through the knowledge of the charism and spirituality.
The second stage of formation is the novitiate that lasts for two years. This requires great effort for the best spiritual formation, the study of the constitutions, and the knowledge of Religious Life.
During the first year of the novitiate, the young lady will not have apostolic duties or particular academic studies, but in the second year, she may experience the apostolic life in some communities.
After concluding the novitiate period, the young lady can present the application for Admission to the First Profession.
The five years of temporary vows may complete the human, spiritual and apostolic formation, according to the Charism and nature of Mater Orphanorum.
At the end of the temporary profession, the young lady can take Final Vows.
After Final Vows, the Oblate must continue with her permanent formation, where she grows personally and communally in wisdom and grace ...
THE HABIT OF THE OBLATE
Every Oblate dress in a simple and modest habit adaptable to the different environments, taking into account the age and place where she lives, the work and the apostolate that she must perform. She dresses well because of
■ Respect for the Church that she represents
■ Respect for the Congregation that she embodies;
■ Respect for her quality as a consecrated soul;
■ Respect for the body that God has entrusted to her
(taking into account the climate and hygiene);
■ Respect and charity towards all those who live with us and whom we will find in the fulfillment of our mission.
The word Oblate comes from Latin and means offering. The religious with a discreet and moderate rule joins the holy adoration of the Eucharist. She is a true Religious but "without any particular habit," said Pope Pacelli to Father Rocco in an audience in Rome.
Father Rocco said: "No habit will indicate that you are religious, that you are an Oblate ... girls will prefer you like that, like all mothers. More than a habit you should have:
■ Constant prayer
■ Mary's spirituality
"... The Cross that the Oblates carry has been blessed when it was placed in the adorable Relic of the Holy Cross, deposited on the Altar during the Holy Mass. It may be a symbol of renewal, conversion, and perseverance. It may be a hymn to the infinite Mercy of the Most Holy Trinity. It may always be on earth the sign of the Chosen ones, the seal of purity, detachment, and immolation of the self.
When the dawn of each day rises, this Cross may be kissed by you to renew the fervor of the new day.
In each fall for human fragility, this Cross will renew the mysterious and redeeming energy to start again.
This Cross gives you fruitful work, so, Christ, never curses you like the leafy but sterile fig tree.
This Cross may move you away from the enemy; bring to you Grace, and be a certain pledge of the incomparable happiness of Heaven. But do not forget that the lily symbol of the authentic Oblate, flourishes only in the mountains of Faith, Hope, and Charity.
I always bless you with our Blessed Mary, and I continue to wish you the sweetness, joy, and peace of Jesus".
Your Poor Father Antonio Rocco C.R.S.
The ring has on the outside the monogram of the Congregation and the crown of Mary. On the inside, it has the "MIHI FECISTIS" that reminds the Oblates that they have donated their lives to Jesus in the Congregation of the Oblates of MATER ORPHANORUM.
"It is my wish, not having any external sign, to give you a blessed gold ring. This will be the sign of her consecration to God, of her slavery of love towards Mary, of her spiritual motherhood towards the orphans and towards the abandoned youth of the whole world" (P. Antonio Rocco C.R.S.).
Para información relacionada con el deseo de conocer la Obra con un interés Vocacional
Nombre de referencia:
Sor Roxana Molina
Responsable de la
Formación en Guatemala
Sor Cecy Martinez
Sor Brigitte Kalonji
Para obtener información sobre la Obra en general, contactenos en la
Sor Irma Trigueros
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me”