On 17 February 1826 Pope Leo XII approved the order of the Oblate of Mary Immaculate and its Constitution and Rules. The date is important in the calendar of Oblates. This year on Sunday 17 February three Oblate brothers made their Perpetual Oblation. One was our very own Br Patrick Dladla from St Hubert, Alexandra who helped at the Youth department in 2011.
In making perpetual Oblation Brothers took vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and perseverance. They chose – and vowed – to follow the Evangelical Counsels for life. They have committed themselves to follow the example of Christ.
The three brothers were given their Oblate crosses which are constant reminders of the love of the Saviour who wishes to draw all hearts to himself and send us out as his co-workers. Receiving the Oblate cross at the final vows is in line with what their founder, Eugene de Mazenod, said in 1818, “They will have no other distinguishing mark except that which is proper to their ministry: namely the image of the Crucified Lord.”
Lebo WA Majahe