History


The Partnership began in 2004 as an initiative of the US Province of Missionary Oblates that would provide a new way to engage with individuals and institutions who support the Oblate charism of evangelizing the world’s poor.

Specifically, the Partnership promises a collaborative relationship between its members and the Oblates themselves. The goal is to generate resources from Partners and funding institutions for Oblate projects in the US and around the world but to also give back to these Partners and institutions resources that the Oblates themselves possess: their mission, their spirituality and a targeted, impactful and accountable approach to mission philanthropy.

Partners have meetings each year with Oblate leadership to better understand its goals and mission initiatives in the US and in 68 other countries throughout the world. Additionally, the Partnership promises members as detailed an opportunity as they need to understand those their philanthropy impacts.  This is accomplished through detailed reporting, conference calls and through trips to sites around the world that are offered each year.  Finally, the Partnership exists as an ongoing educational resource for Partners, Oblates and the larger Church, as evidenced in its annual De Mazenod Conference and other ad hoc events.

Members include not only Oblates themselves but lay men and women and other Catholic religious, including diocesan priests and bishops and women religious.  The Partnership includes non-Catholic members as well.

There are now over 125 Partners in the US and Europe.

 

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