Oblate Missiologists


Updated April 5th,2018

Sad News from Fr. Rostkowski

Information about Bibliographia Missionaria

With disappointment and great regret, I want to inform you that after eighty-three  years of activity the publication of the Bibliographia Missionaria comes to an end. Despite having the right staff and editor, the Rector of the Pontifical Urban University has taken the decision to conclude this important work for missiology. One of the few missiological journals published for so long, appreciated by many specialists, thus ends. As one of the publishers, I feel to remember the story of this publication.  Read More Click Here


 

Alphonse Rakontondravelo

 

 

 

As the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Pontifical Urbaniana University Library discuss dropping the hardcopy annual edition of Bibliographia Missionaria, or perhaps ceasing publication entirely, it is helpful to review this priceless contribution by our community to the study of missiology.

Not only has the yearly issue been of immense help to missiologists of every denomination, but it has shown that German missiologists could work in a then French religious order, to be succeeded by Polish, and most recently, a Madagascar missiologist. Consult "Bibliographia Missiologia:  Thermometer of Missiology," for a sketch of this accomplishment:click here.  Based on the pioneering work in missiology bibliography by Oblates Robert Streit and Johannes Dindinger, the first volume of Bibliographia Missionaria was published in 1935 by Johannes Rommeskirchen, OMI.  He edited the annual volume for the next 20 years.

In 1977, Willi Henkel, OMI assumed the role of editor.  He was assisted by Josef Metzler, OMI, Nickolas Kowalski, OMI and Werner Rorig, OMI.  For a detailed explanation of his predecessors by Henkel, see his 1982 "Bibliographers in the Service of Mission," Oblate Missiologists, pp. 37-45, click here.

Marek Rostkowski, OMI, assumed the editorship in 1998, and published it until 2016, when Alphonse Rakontondravelo, OMI, took that position. Alphonse has been involved with the 2017 edition, which may be the first and last to be published online.

As the Urbaniana University decides whether an internet edition is possible, let us thank God for the 78 issues so far published.  What an accomplishment by our Oblate missiologists!  May the Holy Spirit help all concerned in the decision.

 

For a unique contribution by the Oblates to the study of Missiology, Ecumenism, and World Religion click here
           

 

 

National Workshop on Christian Unity May 2017 praises Oblate Missiologists, click here Use link for OMIUSA Four Oblates...

 

Letitia Preston Floyd:  A direct descendant, Austin Floyd, has found many more unedited letters of the Floyd Family, at West Virginia University Library.  More about this in the future.



It is fitting that this most spirited defense of a Catholic being able to serve in American politics, was written by the son of Letitia Preston Floyd (see below for our calling her an Oblate missiologist).  Benjamin Rush Floyd penned this in 1852, See how far Catholics have come (and Jews and Southern Baptists and members of other faiths): Please click here



Oblate Missiologists
includes at least one Oblate missiologist from each of our five geographical regions. First produced as a hard copy in 1997, it is now made available in two versions  on the internet.  

For a PDF version, click here.  The type is smaller and you cannot edit it.

For a Microsoft version, click here.  The type is larger and you can make additions before you download it.  Please note where you have changed the text, so it will be clear what is our original and your hanges.


Ron Rolheiser OMI notes that the Oblates of Mary are the best kept secret in the missionary world.  May this booklet help us become more grateful for the great witness God has enabled us to make.

 

 

 

 

 

Roman Catholic and Episcopalian Bishops of Buffalo, NY:  Ecumenism for Evangelization.  Some Oblate Reflections.

For Archived Oblate Missiologist Articles Please Click here






 




For June 3rd article on Letitia Preston Floyd click here ; for more see box below

 

Letitia Preston Floyd Rediscovered (see third item below).  Dr. Jim Glanville has recently publicized the importance of Letitia Preston Floyd, with three articles in The Smithfield Review, vol. 19, 2015.  Working with Ryan S. Mays, he published "A Sketch of Letitia Preston Floyd and Some of Her Letters," (pp. 77-120), and "Governor John Floyd, Letitia Preston Floyd and the Catholic Church" (pp. 121-36).  He worked with Fr. Winter and edited the article Fr. Winter originally wrote in 1990 "Letitia Preston Floyd:  Pioneer Catholic Feminist" (pp. 137-45).  Copies of The Smithfield Review may be obtained:  info@smithfieldplantation.org.

 

Much information on Letitia and her family is available on the website maintained by Dr. Glanville:  www.lynnside.org.


Update on "Thermometer of Missiology":  the accomplishment described at the end of this paragraph is now edited by Marek Rostkowski, OMI, and the 77th volume, for the year 2014, has now grown to 4,727 bibliographical entries, 41 reviews, and 301 journals indexed.  Any publication regarding ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, and social justice, as part of evangelization, is recorded. It has its own website:  Bibliographia Missionaria. Please Click Here

Greg Gallagher OMI; Robert Schreiter, CPPS

The following article from the Summer 2014, Mission Update of the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) explains why the ecumenical American Society of Missiology is so important. Twice Robert Schreiter, CPPS, is presented.  Schreiter has taught many Oblates who have studied at the Chicago Theological Union. 

Greg Gallaher, OMI, is currently President of the USCMA

Click Here and look for pages 6 and 7.

An Oblate Missiologist:  Letitia Preston Floyd (1779-1852)?

In what sense is this woman an Oblate missiologist?  Her influence on spreading Catholicism in the States of WV, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee is enormous, through her children whom she encouraged to become Catholic at a time when Catholicism was despised and rejected. She was the sister of a governor of Virginia, James Patton Preston; the wife  of a governor of Virginia, John Floyd;  and the mother of a governor of Virginia, John Buchanan Floyd.

When Fr. James MacGee OMI became pastor of Monroe County, WV, he discovered St. John's Chapel , Sweet Springs, WV, built by Letitia's daughter Letitia Floyd Lewis.  When I succeeded MacGee as pastor, I took up the story of the Floyd's and Lewis'. Below is an article describing the high point, on Aug. 15, 1990, when the bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Bernard Schmitt,  dedicated the marker on Mrs. Floyd's grave.

Recently a Virginian historian, Jim Glanville, has discovered the article and is mining the correspondence between Mrs. Floyd and  Bishop Vincent Whelan, for her actual entry into the Catholic Church.  We hope to post his article soon.

Thus Mrs. Floyd is an Oblate Missiologist in the sense that she led many into the Catholic Church, and in the sense that Oblates have discovered her influence. Click here for the Aug. 15, 1990 article.

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April 18th 2013 Oblate Convocation.  The interest group on Missionary Ecumenism was presented twice.  Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI introduced it Harry Winter OMI facilitated and Dan Nassaney OMI concluded each session.  Click here for introductory material
 

We now have the first doctoral dissertation (1983) done on Father Andre Seumois, OMI.  Click here for the PDF version.






This article of Marcello Zago has appeared in the June 2012 issue of Ecumenical Trends. click here to view BONDING PROCLAMATION, ECUMENISM AND DIALOGUE