We have as our goal to establish Christian communities and Churches deeply rooted in the local culture and fully responsible for their own development and growth.
CC&RR, Constitution 7
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.” Acts 2:41-43
From the day of Pentecost until today we find the same pattern constantly repeated: the proclamation of the Word of God leads to personal transformation which creates community.
Oblate evangelization fits into the same pattern, as Father Jetté writes:
“Finally, a twofold ecclesial concern, characteristic of our times, is to be present in our ministry: “…to establish Christian communities and Churches deeply rooted in the local culture and fully responsible for their own development and growth.”
Here we have a clear invitation to promote inculturation of the faith in every domain where we are carrying out our ministry, especially in countries where Christianity is new; and to promote among the faithful with whom we work a sense of responsibility, the will to personal commitment and the desire of a faith appropriate to a grown-up person. We want to establish local communities that are very much alive.” (The Apostolic Man, p 81 – 82)
“Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer