Sowers of Hope
Women of God, Leaven in the world, Spiritual in the
"A profound interior life leads the Oblates to a continual union with God. The mission of the Oblates is to promote the universal call to holiness and encourage people to deepen their interior life.
" .... Servant of God, Bishop G. Giaquinta, Founder
The Institute of the Apostolic Oblates (1950) and the Pro Sanctity
Movement (1947) were founded in Rome by
Guglielmo Giaquinta, late Bishop of Tivoli (Italy).
Fr. Giaquinta was a young priest when he began to work with young people,
bringing them back or closer to the Church especially through his retreats. It
was during this ministry that Fr. Giaquinta felt inspired to lead young women
to “secular consecration.” He founded the Secular Institute of the
Apostolic Oblates and made them Volunteers of the Pro Sanctity Movement.
An Apostolic Oblate is a vowed woman for the purpose of a total dedication and availability to the apostolate of the Universal Call to Holiness and goals of the Institute. Through her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and the promise of apostolate, the Oblate is totally free for service to people and to the Institute. She has an intense prayer life of adoration, daily Mass,
Rosary, meditation and study. She is a contemplative in the world, giving to
others the fruit of her contemplation. She is a woman of the Church, loves it
and follows it faithfully and with love.
The vocation of the Apostolic Oblate is one and the same vocation, but with different expressions. The call can take one of the three following forms:
Internal Apostolic Oblate:
while sharing in the same charism and vowed life is called to be available to the needs of the Institute and lives in small community.
External Apostolic Oblate:
lives on her own and carries on a career, working in and through social structures, especially with her social profession and family. She is totally committed through her permanent vows and promise of apostolate.
Cooperative Apostolic Oblate: is married or open to marriage. It is the
primary call of a Cooperative to promote family spirituality. She, too, spreads
the message of the universal call to holiness in every environment. She takes
promises of apostolate and availability..
The period of formation for the Internal, External, and
Cooperatives is three years. Vows or promises are renewed every year and become
final after ten years. The age limit is 18-35 (Internals), 18-45 (Externals), 18-45 (Cooperatives).
information, contact: Agnes Rus, Local Moderator, 205 S. Pine Drive, Fullerton,
CA 92833 (714) 956-020 or National Moderator, Teresa Monaghen, 11002 N 204th
Street , Elkhorn, NE 68022, (402)
289-2670. Giovanna Piccoli
is the Local Moderator in Brooklyn, NY
730 East 87th St. Brooklyn, NY 11236 718-649-0324