Jesus promises us that “everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life” (Mt 19:29). Here in the Philippines we constantly experience the truth of this promise. To be God’s instrument in absolving sin, to pronounce the words that bring about the essential change of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, and to guide the people of the Philippines through retreats and recollections as they strive to understand and respond to the action of God in their lives is an unimaginable, inexpressible joy.
If you believe that God may be calling you to priestly and religious life as an Oblate of the Virgin Mary, do not be afraid! The needs of the Filipino people are too great, and our mission too urgent to waste time. Contact us by phone, e-mail, letter or text, in English, Tagalog, or Visayan to introduce yourself to us or better yet, fill out the OMV Candidate Information Sheet and send to us as an email attachment. We will contact you as soon as we receive the filled out OMV Candidate Information Sheet.
Once you have contacted us, you will be asked to fill out a brief personal history form. Upon returning it, you may be invited to one of the search-ins that we hold throughout the year at our formation center and retreat ministry in Cebu. Or, one of us may be able to visit you the next time we are giving the Spiritual Exercises at a venue close to you. If you attend a search-in, you will have the opportunity to meet some of our seminarians, learn about our formation program and experience the daily reality of community life. During your visit, we will discuss with you the possibility of applying to our formation program.
In this series of pages, you will get a closer look at what you can expect from formation and community life with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.