MANILA, September 23, 2013 — The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) is celebrating its 75th year of missionary presence in the Philippines with a “triduum” celebration, starting today, September 23.
The theme of the jubilee year is “Remembering, Reliving, Hoping”
The Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate, lay associates of the Oblates, together with workers of Oblate parishes, schools, missions and media ministries from around the country, will converge at Midsayap, North Cotabato to join in the festivities.
OMI Philippine Province Superior, Fr. Lauro de Guia, OMI, will celebrate the first holy mass in the triduum today, September 23 at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Midsayap, the first Oblate parish in the Philippines.
On the second day, Oblate Bishop of Jolo Most. Rev. AngelitoLampon will celebrate the holy mass at the Notre Dame of Midsayap College gymnasium, which is the first of many Notre Dame Schools founded by the Oblates in the country. Photo and memorabilia exhibits about the missionary work of the Oblates will be inaugurated after the Holy Mass. A concert and variety show will also be held in the evening.
On the morning of September 25, a parade will held around downtown Midsayap. Immediately after the parade, Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, DD will offer the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass at the archdiocesan shrine.
The congregation, an institute of consecrated life composed of priests and brothers living in community, was founded on January 25, 1816 by Saint Eugene de Mazenod, a French bishop, born to an aristocratic family in Aix-en-Provence, South of France on August 1, 1782. Pope Leo XII approved the congregation’s Constitution and Rules on February 17, 1826. There are approximately 4,000 Oblates serving in different missions and ministries across the world. (Rommel Lopez)