ACCEPTANCE OF NEW POSTULANTS (26 JULY 2022) I assure you. Something great awaits you here in this place. These were the words of Provincial Superior Fr. Gerry Gamaliel de los Reyes, OMI as he officially welcomed the eight incoming postulants into the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). They come from different backgrounds, upbringings, and locations in the Philippines, but all of them shared the same desire: to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by participating in the evangelical charism of the founder St. Eugene de Mazenod. Postulancy or Pre-novitiate is a ten-month orientation that serves to initiate these young men to the daily activities of the community. During this period, they will be exposed to the various challenges encountered when preaching the Gospel and ministering to the poor, especially in far-flung areas untouched and ignored by society. The Christian path, however, is more than just difficulties and struggles—our God is a God of peace, joy, and fulfillment, and they are guaranteed to find His presence in the most abandoned. Among the eight young men, five are philosophy graduates of the Junior Oblates of Mary Immaculate (JOMI) seminary in Notre Dame University: Zhuntyll Jeorge Bargo, Karl Dominic Buot, Alfonso Chuidian, Algene Nelcris Ervite, and Selwyn Ralph Yllica. The remaining three are young professionals who have found their calling after serving in secular jobs: Pete Lorenzo Jumagdao is an accountancy major, Noel Luis Nuñez is a former registered nurse and freelance writer, and Jomar Villarosa served as a public-school teacher. At the solemn Acceptance Mass attended by several priests and brothers of the community, each postulant was given a small cross emblazoned with an image of Christ the Good Shepard as a sign of their entrance into the religious order. It is the hope of their superiors and elders that they will wear this icon at all times, not only as a token of appreciation but also as a reminder that Jesus loves them and is ready to bear their burdens on His shoulders as they walk the way of an Oblate. May God grant the new generation the courage and strength to persevere as they take up the mantle of the old, and may He bless the Catholic Church with more holy workers to tend to His growing vineyard. (NL Nuñez)
“FOOD AVAILBLE IN THE HOME"   The Ministry to the Indigenous Peoples 'Office for Téduray and Lambangian "tribes" are located in Timanan-Romongaob, South Upi, Maguindanao - BARMM, Philippines. The project is called FAITH in Action as acronym for “Food Available In The Home" which will be located in 6 barangays composed of 22 IP villages, made possible through our ministries and established friendship with them for quite some time. This project is based from their culture and tradition as Indigenous Peoples in the uplands who are mostly farmers with Faith in Action as our common goal.   - FR. JURAMBELLE JOHN C. SACIL, OMI    
ST. EUGENE DE MAZENOD CHAPEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION   It is Located in Sitio Ilaya, Badiangan, Ajuy, Iloilo, Philippines; 5 or 6 Kilometers away from our convent . Some of the materials used for the  construction were donations from the barangay.
IF YOU SAY YES!                                                              You cannot marry,
but your life will be filled with love...
You cannot keep wealth,
but your treasure will be immeasurable...
You cannot have your time,
but you will be fulfilled.

Rev. Fr. Joseph C. Nadua, OMI. Ordination


REV. FR. JOSEPH C. NADUA, OMI was ordained to the Priesthood by Most Rev. Archbishop Angelito R. Lampon,OMI, DD. 

@ARCH. MONGEAU CHAPEL, Notre Dame University Campus, August 11, 2021.


Oblate Day celebration at Notre Dame University in pictures

Oblates’ Day Celebration in the Philippines

Leo XII, the Pope who approved the Constitutions and Rules of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on February 17, 1826 bestowing upon the Congregation the title and the patronage of Mary Immaculate. In his apostolic letter, the Pope gave his approval and decreed for the then-called congregation of the Missionary Oblates of St. Charles: "We hereby with a ready and willing mind, establish it [the Congregation], and wish it to be known by the name of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, conceived without sin." (image from Wikipedia)

February 17, 2020 — OMI Philippines marked the 194th anniversary of the Papal approbation of the Constitutions and Rules of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate with joyful and festive celebrations in the different Oblate Districts. The day, known as Oblates' day, celebrates the approval by Pope Leo XII in 1826 of the then young Congregation founded by Father Eugene de Mazenod who with four other secular priests came to live together 10 years before and concerned themselves principally with ministering to the neglected people of France in the aftermath of the French Revolution.

Oblates' Day has traditionally been observed to honor the ministry of the Oblates with their co-workers and stakeholders. It is usually celebrated in the four Notre Dame schools administered by the Oblates of the Philippines (Notre Dame of Greater Manila [NDGM], Notre Dame University Cotabato City [NDU], Notre Dame of Midsayap College [NDMC], and Notre Dame of Jolo College [NDJC]).

The Oblates of Jolo at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel celebrating Oblates' Day: (L to R) Br. Roberto Angelo Diana, Fr. Raul Veneracion, Fr. Charlie Inzon, Fr. Eduardo Santoyo. [ctto Fr. Ed Santoyo, OMI]
Groundbreaking of the new Senior High School Covered Court of NDJC. The President, Fr. Eduardo Santoyo, OMI (3rd from left) speaheaded the ceremony, while Fr. Provincial (1st from left) and the Vice Governor of Sulu (2nd from left) were also present for the occasion. Br. Bobby Diana, OMI, the current director of NDJC's campus ministry is 5th from left. [ctto Fr. Ed Santoyo, OMI]

This year's celebration saw the groundbreaking of the new Senior High School covered court of Notre Dame of Jolo College (NDJC). The ceremony was spearheaded by NDJC's President, Fr. Eduardo Santoyo, OMI. Fr. Charlie Inzon, OMI, the current Provincial, together with the Vice Governor of Sulu, the Hon. Abdusakur Tan II and some other government officials graced the ceremony with their presence. Other Oblates in Jolo were also at hand to celebrate the occasion.

Br. Emilio Ungsod, OMI listens attentively to the announcements after the Post Communion prayer of the Mass celebrating Oblates' Day. The Oblates of the District of Cotabato marked the day with a Holy Mass at the Archbishop Mongeau Chapel located within the grounds of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City.
Oblates of Cotabato District during the Oblates' Day celebration at Notre Dame University (from L to R, Fr. Danny Sergio, Fr. Rodel Lopez, Br. Emilio Ungsod, Fr. Howard Tatel, Fr. Marciano Andres, Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, Fr. Francis Zabala, Fr. Heriberto Villas, Fr. Alberto Cahilig) [ctto Fr. Franz Zabala, OMI]

Cotabato District celebrated the day with a Holy Mass offered by Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr., OMI and concelebrated by the Oblate Fathers of the District. The Mass was attended by the Faculty and the non-teaching staff of Notre Dame University as well as other Oblate friends and co-workers. Sisters from the Oblates of Notre Dame and the Religious from Notre Dame of the Missions also joined in the celebration. The Mass was graced by the presence of His Eminence Orlando Cardinal B. Quevedo, OMI who, although not participating in the Mass as celebrant, was present nevertheless for the occasion. The Oblates had a hearty meal afterwards at the NDU Faculty House with a lively chat with the Cardinal regarding his reminiscence of being a former President of NDU and about the early days of Oblate ministry in the Philippines.

Orlando Cardinal Quevedo in a hearty conversation while having breakfast with the Oblates of the District of Cotabato at the NDU Faculty House.

The Oblates of Kidapawan celebrated Oblates' Day at the gymanasium of Notre Dame of Midsayap College (NDMC). The celebration began with a concelebrated Mass principally offered by the District Superior, Fr. Jay Virador, OMI and was well attended by the members of the NDMC community together with numerous other Oblate friends. The day was joyfully marked with a program honoring the Oblates by calling them to the stage and presenting them with gifts.

Oblates of Kidapawan District celebrating Oblates' Day at Notre Dame of Midsayap College (from L to R, Fr. Rockmoore Saniel, Fr. Romeo Marcellino, Fr. Hilario Asilo, Fr. Ignacio Rellin, Fr. Jonathan Domingo, Fr. Stephen Ondoy, Fr. Jay Virador, Fr. Prudencio Alviar, Fr. Roberto Layson, Fr. Eleno Balboa, Fr. Rogelio Tabuada, Fr. Raul Biasbas, Fr. Elmer Boston, Fr. Ian Dignos, Fr. Jaime Mallo, Fr. Navarro Matas, and Fr. Mark Yoniz Beley) [ctto Fr. Jon Domingo, OMI]
The Notre Dame of Greater Manila students, faculty and staff gathered together at the school's gymnasium to celebrate Oblates' Day. [ctto Fr. Dens Basada, OMI]
Oblate Fathers of Manila District concelebrating Holy Mass for Oblates' Day [ctto Fr. Dens Basada, OMI]

Notre Dame of Greater Manila community also celebrated the day with the celebration of the Mass. Teachers, staff and students of Notre Dame of Greater Manila celebrated the day with the Oblates. Afterwards, the day was cheerfully celebrated with a program. ⊕ (RFL)

Two New Oblate Deacons Ordained by Cardinal Quevedo

February 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM: Two Oblate Scholastics - Rev. Joseph Nadua, from the Oblates of the Philippine Province and Rev. Hop Nguyen, from the Oblate Province of Vietnam were ordained to the Diaconate at the Our Lady of the Assumption Scholasticate in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines. Orlando Cardinal B. Quevedo, OMI DD was the ordaining Bishop.

The ordination Mass drew a good number of the faithful from the Oblate parishes of Bagong Barrio, and Grace Park – both in Caloocan City, Metro Manila. A significant number of Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters from other Religious Congregations, together with the friends and the families of the ordinands also witnessed the ceremony. There was a good number of expatriates of Vietnam living in the Philippines who attended the Ordination. Reception followed after the Mass. (GEB)