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                            More on the Vital Statement Click here


More on the Reformation Challenge, click here

Is the Reformation Finished Click here for more information


Islam and Oblates, click here.  Basics of Islam, click here.

Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis, delivered these remarks at the joint service led by two Lutheran bishops at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN on Jan. 22, 2017. His remarks set the spirit, though, for the entire year to come, when on Jan. 21, 2018, one of the Lutheran bishops will speak at Hebda's cathedral. Click here for his inspiring and joyful presentation.


Oblate School of Theology Reformation Achievement:  Rev. Paul Ziese, pastor of San Antonio, TX's MacArthur Lutheran Church: "There is probably more openness among Catholics to the need for reformation, and more Protestants recognize the wound of the Reformation,"

Click here for entire document.

For earlier developments please: Click here, for Lutheran Humor See Christian Joy Page

 Thanks to Warren Brown, the General Councilor for Canada and the USA, for sending Ron's column "500 Years of Misunderstanding," click here



Ecumenism and interfaith outreach are central to our catholicity, posted Dec. 27, 2016. Please Click Here.





12 Vital Evangelizing Items - Including Social Justice Item Click here

We are privileged to have as a lay consultant Mrs. Bernard (Lisa) Hunke, who met the Oblates when her husband was stationed at Pope Air Force Base, Ft. Bragg, NC and she joined the Catholic Church, bringing her many talents especially from the United Methodist Church, to St. Ann's Parish, Fayetteville, NC, April 10,1992.  She now serves in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and also the Office of Family Life, Archdiocese of Omaha, NE, specializing in rural matters.  She is also a pastoral minister in her parish of St. Mary, West Point, NE. Click here (this click here goes on new page) for a valuable insight she has sent us.  You may contact her directly at lcthunke@msn.com

Bernard & Lisa Hunke  



For previous statements, please click here

 "The council (Vatican II) taught that it is the duty of the church and of every Catholic to respect the religious beliefs of others and to work for reconciliation among the Christian churches....Although proclamation is the privileged Christian form of discourse, dialogue is also a legitimate form and in some instances a more appropriate one" (John W. O'Malley, S.J., "A Pastoral Vision," America, July 18-25, 2016, p. 22-23). For the rest of this stunning article on Vatican II and Pope Francis, see the Vatican II page.

New Center for Study of Culture and Values to Honor Fr. George McLean, OMI Click here...Use link for Mclean Email for click on
George McLean, OMI, Evangelizer and Dialoguer   The death of Fr. McLean, on Sept. 6, 2016, age 87, revealed an Oblate who was loved and respected as an Evangelizer and Dialoguer: click here for the obituary. On the Dialogue page, you will find over 60 messages of sympathy received by Dr. Yeping Hu.  Here is part of one of the most intriguing, from Islamic scholar Ysien Mohamed: It is with great sadness that we hear of the demise of a great philosopher of our time.  Professor George McLean, a living philosopher, who taught us to value philosophy as a way of life, and not as a mere intellectual service.  He exemplified this in his simplicity, humanity, and humility. . . It is through his encouragement that we established the Internation Society of Islamic Philosophy, ... and the International Journal of Islamic Philosophy...God has granted Father McLean a long active life in the service of humanity.  May his soul rest in peace (#64).

George McLean, OMI
THE NEXT TWO ITEMS REVOLUTIONIZE MISSION, ECUMENISM AND DIALOGUE.  Jon Sobrino, SJ's begins in the Old World and depends on the New; Waclaw Hryniewicz, OMI's begins in the New World and depends on the Old. Please Click here



For Fr. Greg Gallagher OMI and other Oblates leadership in USCMA go to Archives page

  January 2016 article on Synod on the Family and Eucharistic Sharing, click here . The article from October 4th-5th have been added to the January article.
  Oblate Charism Congress, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, and seven other sites, world-wide, June 28-July 3, 2015, includes Missionary Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue.  For first installment, click here.
  See Oblate Missiologists Page for Unique Oblate Accomplishment in Evangelization/Missiology
The three realities of Mission (Evangelization/Proclamation), Unity (Ecumenism) and Dialogue are explored very concisely by the late Archbishop Marcello Zago, OMI (1932-2001):  see the page "Oblate Missiologists," and click on the article in the bottom of the box.
"The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers.  But afterwards very little was done in that direction.  I have the humility and ambition to want to do something."  Pope Francis to Eugenio Scalfari, editor of La Repubblica, Oct. 1, 2013.
For practical, ongoing ecumenism see the five ways page
The miracle of unity has begun....I've never seen God begin a miracle without finishing it well. For the entire 7 minute video, go to the Pope Francis page.
Pope Francis Continues the Process of Turning the Church Upside Down

With the placement of the People of God before the Hierarchy in the
Constitution on the Church of Vatican II, a reversal of our ministry as Oblates missionaries began.  Russell Shaw's short article in America, "Everyone's Vocation," Sept. 29th 2014 is a must read presentation of this: Click Here  
Church Before Vatican II Church After Vatican II

Why is Holy Spirit reversing the pyramids? So, we can reconcile two almost contradictory truths The Roman Catholic Church is essential for evangelization, and the Roman Catholic Church needs constant reform from other Christian churches and other religious bodies.  For a marvelous. short presentation of this tension,  see Gavin D'Costa. "A Prophetic vision:'Dogmatic Constitution Church' 50 Years Later," America, Nov. 17, 2014, pp. 19-22 Click here

The holding of both truths in tension is necessary for effective evangelization.
                               Bernard & Lisa Hunke

Rev. Harry E. Winter, O.M.I. Coodinator of Ministry of Mission, Unity and Diolague -- see biography  

Episcopalian Former Priests and Mission Hits Home for the Oblates.


 Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No.3, Third Series, Oct. 2005

 Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No.5, Third Series, Dec. 2008

 Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No.6 Third Series, Dec. 2009

 Mission-Unity-Dialogue: No. 1, Fourth Series, Aug. 2010


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