Mission and Vision
Asia is the largest and most populated continent comprising one-third of the earth's surface, where sixty per cent of the world's population live. Among these less than four per cent count themselves as Christians. The command of Jesus to "Go out to the whole world and preach the Good News" thus rings in our ears and calls for a response. We Oblates of St. Francis de Sales have heard that call of Jesus and are ready to respond.
In answering that call of Jesus, we Oblates have something unique and original to contribute, the rich heritage of the spirituality of our model and patron, St. Francis de Sales.
His is a spirituality characterized by the virtues of gentleness and humility, optimism and hope. It is a spirituality that is practical, adaptable to all walks of life, compatible with almost every religious tradition, and marked by its inspired common sense. Above all, Francis inspires us to a fervent love of God and neighbor, and leads each one in his individual search for holiness.
Our unique way to embody his spirituality and to "Live Jesus" is the Spiritual Directory which traces to our origins as a Congregation, and was considered essential to our identity as Oblates by our Founder Father Louis Brisson and Mother Mary de Sales Chappuis.
First, we commit ourselves to living and sharing with others the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, especially through the practice of the Spiritual Directory.
Further, we commit ourselves to living the baptismal call by embracing the vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience. We live a simple life together in community characterized by prayer and by the struggle to establish God's Kingdom in this world.
Finally, our Asian context is particularly marked by its massive poverty and by the pervasive religiosity of its culture. It follows that one aspect of our ministry is to "promote justice with regard to the oppressed and downtrodden". As well, we engage in a respectful dialogue with people of different Christian Churches, religious traditions and secular ideologies. We seek to find common ground with them and, where possible, share in solidarity with them a commitment to justice, peace, the integrity of creation, and the search for God.
With these commitments in mind and remembering St. Francis de Sales' call to his mission to the Chablais as a young priest and attentive to "the signs of the times," we make ourselves available for whatever specific apostolate will serve the particular needs of the local Churches in which we find ourselves.
Adopted in General Meeting 2007