The Synodal journey of Young Oblates (YOG – 1-5 years of Priesthood)

Fifteen of our young Oblates visited the mission places of our Province and pay our Oblate solidarity to our brother Oblates who are with the new faces of the poor. We really experienced the Synodal Church in their missions. Indeed they are community spirit-centered, mission-oriented and participatory. They are real missionaries in our own land. … Read moreThe Synodal journey of Young Oblates (YOG – 1-5 years of Priesthood)

District Meetings

Kilinochchi –Mullaitivu The Oblates, ministering in the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu were gathered at “Amaithy Vanam” Skanthapuram, on the 30th of December. Thirteen Oblates participated in this gathering. The meeting commenced with the Adoration focused on the theme of “Thanksgiving”.Rev. Fr. Rene Beshman, OMI, the outgoing Superior thanked all the members for their immense … Read moreDistrict Meetings

Pawe? Biega?ski OMI: From the Netherlands to Ceylon – brother’s mission “Whiskey” [blog]

Do you need something Brother Józef will arrange everything. Including horse and cigars.January 31, 2022 When we enter “Sri Lanka” in the search engine, the first results displayed are tourist offers: “Sri Lanka – the exotic within your reach!” One of the holiday offers shouts from a small monitor. When I was in the fifth grade of primary school, … Read morePawe? Biega?ski OMI: From the Netherlands to Ceylon – brother’s mission “Whiskey” [blog]

Jubilee Prayer

Loving and compassionate Father, On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the missionary life and presence of the Oblates in Sri Lanka, we are gathered as a compassionate and prophetic community in the holy ground from where our beloved Oblate pioneers launched their intrepid missionary endeavours. We are gathered here today in order to … Read moreJubilee Prayer

Declaration

Hereby I declare, that this year be celebrated as the 175th Anniversary of the arrival of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Sri Lanka It is with particular joy that we welcome all of you for this inauguration of our 175th year of jubilee celebration of the presence of the Missionary Oblates of Mary … Read moreDeclaration

Gospel reflection at the Eucharistic Celebration on the Inauguration of 175th year of the Arrival of the Pioneering Oblates in Sri Lanka. (Eph.1:3-6,11-12; Lk.1:46-55)

Dear Rev. Bishops, Fellow Religious, Lay Associates and Brother Oblates! We have gathered together to thank and praise God for God’s actions for our people in and through our pioneering Oblates. It is only right that we thank God for them in the words of Mother Mary. Mother Mary magnified the Lord, proclaiming God’s actions … Read moreGospel reflection at the Eucharistic Celebration on the Inauguration of 175th year of the Arrival of the Pioneering Oblates in Sri Lanka. (Eph.1:3-6,11-12; Lk.1:46-55)

Felicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. Christian Noel Emmanuel, Bishop of Trincomalee on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

I am really happy to be here to be a part of your celebration inaugurating 175 years of the presence and the service of the Oblates in Sri Lanka. ‘Go and preach’, ‘Go and baptize’, ‘preach to all nations’ are the mandates given by our Lord. And all the baptized are expected to take up … Read moreFelicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. Christian Noel Emmanuel, Bishop of Trincomalee on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Felicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. F. L. Emmanuel Fernando, the Bishop of Mannar on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

First and foremost my heartiest congratulation to the Oblates for celebrating this 175th Jubilee year of your Congregation. And I for one is very grateful to the oblate congregation for what I am today. I thought very briefly I would share my experience with the Oblate congregation. First and foremost when I started to know … Read moreFelicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. F. L. Emmanuel Fernando, the Bishop of Mannar on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Felicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah, the Bishop of Batticaloa on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

I am indeed delighted to convey the felicitation and God’s blessing to all the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Sri Lanka both Jaffna province and Colombo province on the occasion of 175thanniversary of their life and presence in Sri Lanka. Oblates care of the eastern region that is Trincomalee – Batticaloa diocese is mentioned in … Read moreFelicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah, the Bishop of Batticaloa on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Felicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam, the Bishop of Jaffna on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

First of all I like to congratulate the Oblates for soaking 175 years of service in this island. Mgr. Bettacchini was under pressure to have more priests. He was not satisfied with the Indian Oratorians so and the people at the same time were demanding that they should be looked after. It is because the … Read moreFelicitation from Rt. Rev. Dr. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam, the Bishop of Jaffna on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Message of Most Rev. Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI the Superior General on the inauguration of the 175th Jubilee of the life and mission of the Oblates in Sri Lanka

Dear Very Reverend Father Provincial, Eugene Benedict OMI, Provincial of Jaffna Province Dear Very Reverend Father Provincial, Roshan Silva OMI, Provincial of Colombo Province, Very dear Reverend Fathers and Brothers, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Very dear faithful devoted lay men and women associated to us through friendship,  support and in living the charism of … Read moreMessage of Most Rev. Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI the Superior General on the inauguration of the 175th Jubilee of the life and mission of the Oblates in Sri Lanka

Message of Very Rev. Fr. Roshan Silva, OMI the Provincial of the Province of Colombo on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Inaugural celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Oblate presence in Sri Lanka- held in Jaffna. Today we are gathered here for the inaugural celebration of the Jubilee year. It marks the 175th anniversary of the Oblate presence in Sri Lanka. This is an event which is very much significant and thus it has to … Read moreMessage of Very Rev. Fr. Roshan Silva, OMI the Provincial of the Province of Colombo on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Message of Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI the Provincial of the Province of Jaffna on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

This Message was delivered on the 14th of February 2022 on the inauguration of the Jubilee Dear Fathers and Brothers, It gives me immense joy to say a few words on this historic occasion of the 175th year of jubilee of the arrival, life and presence of the Oblates in our country. The Oblate Charism: … Read moreMessage of Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI the Provincial of the Province of Jaffna on the Inauguration of the Jubilee

Inauguration of the Jubilee

We, the Oblates are proud of celebrating the 175 years of Oblate presence in Sri Lanka. Oblates from both Provinces – Jaffna and Colombo together with Bishops of Jaffna, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Mannar, the Vicar Generals, Episcopal Vicars, Provincials of other Congregations, Priests, Religious and lay faithful were gathered together in the Eucharist on the 14th … Read moreInauguration of the Jubilee

Congratulations

Congratulations Fr. Vincent Patrick, OMI Rev. Fr. David Vincent Patrick, OMI was honoured with “Kalabhooshana State Award” by the Department of Cultural Affairs on the 3rd of November, 2021. The award was in recognition of his outstanding social service rendered to humanity. As a religious and missionary he is committed to this noble goal. Fr. … Read moreCongratulations

Launching of books

Fr. Soosayappu Antony Poncian, OMI has launched a book on ‘ey;yhad;’ (The Spirituality and Personality of a good Teacher) . We hope that your thoughts and insights on “The Spirituality and Personality of a good Teacher” would bring meaning and help teachers to form students. Rev. Fr. I. Selva Vijendran, OMI has launched a book … Read moreLaunching of books

Let us rejoice in receiving six new Priests to our Province

We, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the Province of Jaffna welcome our six Brothers to our Eucharistic cenacle with unalterable fraternal love. It is our fervent prayer that St. Eugene, our Holy Founder and Mary Immaculate the Patroness of our Congregation will accompany them with their paternal and maternal love to perform the apostolate … Read moreLet us rejoice in receiving six new Priests to our Province

175th Anniversary of the advent of the Oblates in Sri Lanka

Oblates mark their 175 years of historical presence in Sri Lanka. It is recorded that “Accompanied by three of his ‘confreres’ the Frs. Ciamin, and Keating and the Lay Brother Gaspard de Stephanis, and with Mgr. Bettacchini at the head of the Missionary caravan, Fr. Sameria embarked at Marseilles on the 21st of October, 1847. … Read more175th Anniversary of the advent of the Oblates in Sri Lanka

The launching of the Oblate Liturgical Book:

The Oblate Liturgical Book in Tamil was launched on the 5th of August, 2021 at Thodarpaham. Rev. Fr. S. James Surenthirarajah, OMI, who holds a Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, with his sincere dedication and hard work, has produced a beautiful Oblate Missal in our Mother Tongue, Tamil. The Book is named ‘mkykupj; jpahfpfspd; jpUg;gyp E}y;”. … Read moreThe launching of the Oblate Liturgical Book:

Historical advent of Oblates into St. Michael’s College, Batticaloa

On the 20thof August, 2021, Rev. Fr. Lebourn Suthan, OMI, was given obedience to St.Michael’s College, Batticaloa. This day has turned out to be of historical importance, as the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the Province of Jaffna have extended their ministry of Education to the Diocese of Batticaloa. Rt. Rev. Dr. Ponniah Joseph , … Read moreHistorical advent of Oblates into St. Michael’s College, Batticaloa

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From Rome

We, the scholastics from Rome, are really blessed and cherished in being in the Community which is obviously coloured and flavoured with multi-nationality. This energized us really to move forward in our new experiential journey of priesthood with fraternal support and prayers. Our first impression of this new community is, welcoming amidst all our differences … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From Rome

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From Australia

Living in Australia means encountering many opportunities. It is a young, multicultural and open country with an ever-growing economy. It is a country where people from all over the world can feel at home to some extent due to its multicultural aspect. Apparently it doesn’t have a long history like other countries but it is … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From Australia

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From the Scholasticate, Jaffna

“The years in the Scholasticate give the required training and education to those who to prepare for priesthood. They will cultivate those skills needed for an effective ministry of the world. And be led to appreciate the gift of the priesthood, through which they are to share in the unique way in Christ’ on ministry … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From the Scholasticate, Jaffna

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From the Scholasticate, Kandy

Academic and cultural involvement We are new to this reality at the beginning. So much so we are all involved seriously in our studies as our priority. Our participation in cultural events could not push through due to the pandemic which completely hindered our learning. In addition, we were asked to be engaged in the … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From the Scholasticate, Kandy

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From the Novitiate

Our heart is truly filled with inexplicable joy of love when we look back on the nostalgic memories of our experiences during the last nine months at this wonder place called ‘’SIDUPIYANILA’’- which means a ‘House of Achievement’ or a ‘Home of Joy’, where we were strongly rooted and widely connected while undergoing the initial … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From the Novitiate

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From Pre-Novitiate

Through the guidance of our shepherd Lord Jesus Christ, after completing the first step of our formation in our Juniorate, we came to another “Gethsemane” to spend six months with Jesus while developing our skills and talents for our better future with the intention of becoming great Oblates one day. Though we are from two … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – From Pre-Novitiate

CODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – News from the Juniorate

As our country experiences a continuous lockdown, it affects our daily routine and our programmes. This situation does not pave the way to organize ourselves, because, we do not know what would happen in the next moment. However, we need to organize ourselves because the missed opportunities are missed forever. During the lockdown, after consulting … Read moreCODEX HISTORICUS OF INITIAL FORMATION – News from the Juniorate

Life @ OMI – Diamond Jubilee Bells Ring (An Interview with Rev. Fr. Daniel, OMI)

Rev. Fr. Francis Daniel, OMI is a pioneer in the Oblate Province of Jaffna. He has etched his history as an Oblate who celebrates sixty years in his Religious Profession. He has served in several capacities as Parish Priest, Superior, Missionary, Lecturer at the Major Seminary, and Jaffna University, Chaplain and Formator as well. He … Read moreLife @ OMI – Diamond Jubilee Bells Ring (An Interview with Rev. Fr. Daniel, OMI)

Life @ OMI – Soil & Soul – Lie Along With Nature (An Interview with Fr. E. Godfrey Joel, OMI)

Nature also is designed to be what we create. It gains shape to what we perceive or want it to be. There are merits and demerits since it can lead to disorganization of the bio-world. Nature and people ought to work independently. The conspicuous planning for better eco-world slowly and steadily leads to an eco-spiritual … Read moreLife @ OMI – Soil & Soul – Lie Along With Nature (An Interview with Fr. E. Godfrey Joel, OMI)

“Blood is life; so care and share”

A Blood donation Campaign was organized by the Oblate Youth Empowerment Centre (OYEC) Gnanatheepam on the 2nd of May 2021. At 9.00 am Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior blessed everyone present and inaugurated the campaign. Forty youth both boys and girls from different places participated enthusiastically and donated their precious blood. All … Read more“Blood is life; so care and share”

DMC meets…

A meeting was organized under the leadership of Fr. Jenis, OMI, the Coordinator of the De Mazenod Campus. This meeting was convened so as to discus and evaluate the classes that had been conducted at DMC. There were sixteen members present at the meeting. To begin with there was a power-point presentation regarding the activities … Read moreDMC meets…

Programmes conducted by Center for Peace and Reconciliation (CPR)

International Women’s Day was celebrated by CPR in Anpaham, Mulankavil. The women who participated are from Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Mannar and Vavuniya districts. The chief guest was Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict OMI, the Provincial Superior. CPR conducted a shiramadhana at Muslims’ Cemetery in Mullaithivu. Skill development for the youth in Kilinochchi. Awareness and Empowerment … Read moreProgrammes conducted by Center for Peace and Reconciliation (CPR)

SONS OF DE MAZENOD

The name “Sons of De Mazenod” was born from the heart of Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior. He said that we all share the same Charism in our hearts and lives. This is how it was initiated to gather all the ex-seminarians to be with them and to develop the same friendship … Read moreSONS OF DE MAZENOD

Opening of the Pre-School

A newly built Pre-School was opened by Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior on the 21st of April, 2021 at Anpaham, Mulankavil. Sincere thanks go to the Provincial Superior, the Treasurer, the Donors, and the Oblates who helped with their immense contribution for its success. Especially we thank Mrs. Sieni Schoulten for … Read moreOpening of the Pre-School

Congratulation

Rev. Fr. Joseph Raj Claier OMI, having completed his Postgraduate Diploma in “Conflict and Peace Studies” in the University of Colombo, successfully completed the Masters in the same field. All the best Father.

Provincial’s Visit

Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, the Provincial met the Scholastics at De Mazenod Scholasticate, Jaffna and Kandy and had an individual one-to-one talk with them. Personal journey with the individual should be the key element in the Formation. Since Fr. Provincial is in-charge of the initial formation he made it possible to accompany them and guide … Read moreProvincial’s Visit

AORC – 01st of March -5th of March, 2021 Zoom Conference held in Colombo

The AORC was hosted this time by the Oblate province of Colombo, and it was held from Mar. 01 to 05, 2021 at the Provincialate of Colombo. With the ongoing pandemic the ex-officio members of the AORC could not be physically present except for the province of Jaffna. The meeting was held virtual. Fr. S.M. … Read moreAORC – 01st of March -5th of March, 2021 Zoom Conference held in Colombo

Perpetual Profession and the Diaconate

Bros. Don Bosco John Jenybert Croos, OMI, Jesuthasan Amirtharaj, OMI, Sebamalai Roystan, OMI, Francis Manokaran Piragash Nijanthan, OMI, Velichore Volantine Morris, OMI, and Arasaratnam Danistan, OMI, made their Perpetual Profession of Vows on the 14th of April, 2021 before Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior. On the following day they were ordained … Read morePerpetual Profession and the Diaconate

REPORTS from the HOSPITAL

We, the Jaffna Teaching Hospital Catholic Committee organized the Lenten Pilgrimage to Chaddy for the Hospital working staff and the Volunteers on 6th and 13th of March. They meaningfully participated in The Way of the Cross, Blessed Sacrament Adoration and Eucharistic Celebration. In the midst of Covid-19 pandemic, they followed the health guidelines and actively … Read moreREPORTS from the HOSPITAL

Initiation

Eleven Juniorists were initiated into the Pre-Novitiate on the 02nd of February, 2021 at Gnanodhayam. The Eucharist was presided by Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior. In his homily, Fr. Provincial insisted the significance of the calling and the freedom to respond to that call. He elaborated clearly as to how God actualizes … Read moreInitiation

Juniorate

There was a courtesy visit of Fr. Provincial to Juniorate on the 26th of January, 2021. He was welcomed by Rev. Fr. Amalathas, OMI, the new Rector, Fr. Daniel, OMI and the Juniorists. Fr. Provincial addressed the Juniorists; he pointed out the importance of the formation and the value of the life in the Juniorate. … Read moreJuniorate

MAMI Gathering

Under the guidance of Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior, the MAMI members were gathered together at Gnanodhayam on the 2nd of February. Rev. Fr. Wenceslaus, OMI the director of MAMI for Mannar and Vavuniya welcomed the gathering and invited Fr. Provincial to address the gathering. The second gathering was held at … Read moreMAMI Gathering

Nomination

Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior of the Province of Jaffna, has been nominated by the Bishop Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) to serve as a member of the International Commission while being a member of the Theological Commission of Sri Lanka. We congratulate you dear father and wish you good luck.

ANNIVERSARY OF THE PAPAL APPROBATION OF THE CONGREGATION 16-02-2021

Dear Fathers and Brothers, We are proudly celebrating the 195th Anniversary of the approval of the Constitutions and Rules of our Congregation on the 17th of February. (This year the date falls on the Ash Wednesday; we have anticipated the celebration for the 16th of February) I remain along with the same feeling of St. … Read moreANNIVERSARY OF THE PAPAL APPROBATION OF THE CONGREGATION 16-02-2021

New Provincial Treasurer

Rev. Fr. Francis Liguori Nicholas Croos, OMI has been appointed the Provincial Treasurer for a first term. Fr. F.L.N. Croos had been serving as Parish Priests in the dioceses of Jaffna and Mannar for thirty one years. He Completed the Licentiate in Missiology at Gregorian University and was teaching Missiology, Ecumenism and Homiletics at St. … Read moreNew Provincial Treasurer

New Councillors

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Godfrey Joel, OMI, Rev. Fr. A. Francis Loshington, OMI, Rev. Fr. Saveri Jeyarajan Coonghe, OMI, Rev. Fr. Alfred Vijayakamalan Alfred, OMI, and Rev. Fr. James Alphonse Alphen Seger, OMI have been appointed by the Superior General to be the Councillors to work with Very Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, OMI, the Provincial Superior … Read moreNew Councillors

Lux Aeterna

Late Bishop Victor Gnanapragasam, OMI A Tribute to the late His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Victor Gnanapiragasam, OMI, who is a long-time colleague, companion and friend of S.M. Selvaratnam, OMI “From the age of twelve until we got ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 26, 1966, Victor and I grew together, studied together, played together, … Read moreLux Aeterna

Pope Francis: Ministries of lector and acolyte to be open to women

Pope Francis changes the Code of Canon Law to institutionalize what is already allowed in practice: the access of lay women to the service of the Word and the Altar. The Pope explains his decision in a letter to Cardinal Ladaria. With a Motu proprio released on Monday, Pope Francis established that from now on … Read morePope Francis: Ministries of lector and acolyte to be open to women

Upcoming Events….

14th January, 2021: Young Oblates Gathering 16th January, 2021: Animation for specialized ministries 23rd January, 2021: Animation with Oblate Government Teachers 24th January, 2021: Meeting on Initial Formation with Vocation directors 30th January, 2021: Coordinators’ Meeting for higher education

Installation of Fr. Eugene Benedict OMI, as the Provincial Superior, at Thodarpaham.

CCRR 100: ‘The Provincial Superior is called to the service of authority. His responsibilities embrace both the specific mission of the Congregation within the Province and the religious apostolic life of its communities and members. His personal authority extends to all persons, communities, and works of the Province, as determined in the Constitutions and Rules.’  … Read moreInstallation of Fr. Eugene Benedict OMI, as the Provincial Superior, at Thodarpaham.

The Oblate response to coronavirus – Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

Greetings to all of you my brother Oblates and to the members of our Oblate family. I am here in Brazil in visitation and the Oblates here, also send their greetings. I send a short message now regarding the coronavirus COVID-19. I think it is a moment of solidarity, of prayer and of hope. Solidarity first of all among ourselves … Read moreThe Oblate response to coronavirus – Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI