Mazenodian Family Vocation Congress 2019
January 22 @ 7:00 PM – January 23 @ 9:00 PM
Join us for a two-night, free, public lecture series, presented as part of our Year of Oblate Vocations celebrations.
7:00pm – 9:00pm | Whitley Theological Center, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Everyone who responds to the call of St. Eugene to “leave nothing undared for the Gospel” is part of the Mazenodian Family.
What is the Mazenodian Family?
St. Eugene de Mazenod (hence “Mazenodian” Family) is the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, but Oblate priests and brothers do not alone make up the Mazenodian Family. The seven other groups that, together with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, participate in the Mazenodian charism include Honorary Oblates, Oblate Associates, Oblate Affiliates, Oblate Employees, Oblate Mission Supporters, Oblate Partners, and Oblate Youth.
These two lectures will provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the various other vocations that flow from the spirituality of St. Eugene de Mazenod. United under the charism of St. Eugene, we can make true the mission to “leave nothing undared for the Gospel.”
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother: Toward a Theology of the Oblate Charism, Vocation, and Ministry”
Oblates live at the intersection between two movements of the Spirit that are bearing fruit in the life of the Church since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The council called upon religious orders to renew their spiritual foundations by returning to their founding roots and charisms, while it also called upon all the baptized, lay faithful to claim their true leadership roles and status in the Church and to infuse the secular world with the values of the Gospel. Oblates live at a paradoxical intersection of these two trends, and yet there is not an adequately developed theology of lay ministry that can be applied directly to the oblate charism in the twenty-first century. This keynote address will explore the developments of a lay theology of ministry since the Second Vatican Council, and then place those trends into dialogue with the lived experiences of oblates today. Our goal is to begin to articulate a theology of the oblate charism, vocation, and ministry that can provide some guidance for oblates in our dual commitments to the renewal of religious life and to infusing the seeds of the Gospel in the secular world today.
Tom Bushlack, Ph.D., is associate professor of Theology and Ethics and Director of the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership at Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis, MO). After briefly considering a monastic vocation with the Benedictine monks at St. John’s Abbey (Collegeville, MN), he became an Oblate of St. Benedict, and is also a Trustee of the Trust for the Meditation Process, and the host of the “Contemplate This!” podcast. His scholarship explores the intersection between the pursuit of justice in Catholic social thought, contemplative spirituality, and moral formation in the virtues. He currently lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Anna, and their three children. For more information, please visit thomasjbushlack.com.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“The Oblate Charism Today: Its Essence and Its Urgency”
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded to serve the poor. Historically that foundation was also rooted in the Founder’s experience of the Cross, his sense of Mary as the special patroness of the poor, and his knowing that effective compassion and ministry can only come out of community. What does that mean for us today, seeking to live out that charism 200 years later?
Ron Rolheiser, OMI is a Roman Catholic priest, member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and president of Oblate School of Theology. Father Ron is a theologian, professor, and award-winning author. Apart from his academic knowledge in systematic theology and philosophy, Father Ron is an internationally renowned speaker and spiritual writer whose books appeal to Christians of all backgrounds and spiritual seekers of all kinds. He writes an award-winning weekly column that is carried in many newspapers around the world. His latest book Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human was released in May 2018.