Uplift Winter 2019
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From the Director

Every year the Victorious Missionaries are asked to nominate someone to be that year’s recipient of the Fr. John Maronic Achievement Award as a way to recognize the efforts of
its membership to live out who they are called to be as a VM.

When Fr. John first began looking at possibilities of different styles of disability ministries that were available at that time, he was influenced by the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Bishop Eugene de Mazenod. As an Oblate, Fr. John had learned and understood the founder’s charism and how to minister with others in order to help them grow in a loving relationship with God.

The group of the original (charter) members who eventually planned the first VM event and guided it in its early years were able to share in that charism through Fr. John Maronic. As more chapters were formed, they, too, became a group who shared in the founder’s charism.

Today, the VMs are part of a much larger group made up of multiple organizations that were started, influenced and minister to others because they share in this charism of our founder. We have recently begun referring to these groups as members of the “Mazenodian Family.”

Whether we belong to a parish that is staffed by the Oblates or are part of an organization started by the Oblates, we all share some common ground in our call to minister to those whose lives have been marginalized by society. We are all called to help each other realize that everyone is a beloved Child of God and that they have many loving gifts to share with others.

Br. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.
National Director of the VMs


Victorious Missionaries

442 S. DeMazenod Dr.        Belleville, IL 62223-1023
618-394-6281 (TDD)   FAX 618-397-1210

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