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Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 2012 Annual Report.

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Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

FISCAL YEAR 2012 OMSI AnnuAL REpORt www.omsiusa.org

Mission Statementthe mission of Oblate Missionary Society, Inc. is to build respectful and collaborative relationships with our benefactors in order to nurture their faith and to provide spiritual and financial support to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the united States province.

Dear friends and colleagues, I am happy to present for your review the Oblate Missionary Society, Inc. (OMSI) Annual Report for 2011 2012. As our ministry needs continue to grow, the united States province is increasing our reliance on active fundraising to support our Missionary Oblate priests and brothers. OMSI incorporates four fundraising entities into one. this structure helps ensure that our fundraising efforts are consistent and congruent with the Oblate charism and Gospel values. the Annual Report provides an in-depth look at the Oblates mission, activities and financial performance. I am extremely proud of the strides weve made in the past year. But OMSIs success is not mine these pages will show you clear examples of what you have done to help Gods most abandoned people. together God has enabled us to change the lives of many of our brothers and sisters in need. thank you for your support of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It is only with your faithful support that our ministries are made possible. When you share your spiritual and monetary blessings, you are joining the Oblates in our mission to serve the poorest of the poor. May God bless you for your kindness. In Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate, Fr. Bill Morell, O.M.I. Oblate Executive Director

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tABLE OF COntEntSBeginnings ......................................................................................3 Oblates arrive in the united States .................................................3 Our History ......................................................................................4 together ... we build up the Kingdom of God ................................6 together ... we serve Gods poor ....................................................7 together ... we deepen their faith ...................................................7 together ... we sustain the Oblate Community ...............................8 together ... we educate missionaries for the Church .....................9 together ... we serve the poor and the most abandoned ............10 together ... we embrace diversity ................................................11 together ... we share Gods love with the faithful .........................12 together ... we build a more just world .........................................15 Code of Stewardship and Ethics of nCDC ...................................16 the Donor Bill of Rights ................................................................17 OMSI privacy Statement ...............................................................18 OMSI Statement of Accountability ................................................19 OMSI Offices and Contact Information .........................................20 Specialists in difficult missions ...................................................21

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Beginnings ...the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded in 1816 by St. Eugene De Mazenod, O.M.I. this visionary had invited his followers to live together as brothers and to imitate the virtues and examples of our Savior Jesus Christ, above all through the preaching of the Word of God to the poor. He urged them to commit themselves wholeheartedly to the work of the missions, binding themselves by religious vows. Because of their small numbers, they initially limited their ministry to the countryside of France, while dreaming to embrace the vast expanse of the whole earth, as the founder had written in 1818. Saint Eugene recognized early on that missionary work could not be a task for the Oblates alone. He began inviting others to join the Oblates in their ministries by donating to the cause. He began the very first Oblate mail campaign, a vital part of our mission work that continues to this day.

Oblates arrive in the united States ...the Oblates work in the united States began over 150 years ago. One of their earliest missions was in texas in the 1840s. these Oblates were commonly referred to as the Cavalry of Christ as they rode on horseback through the vast Rio Grande region proclaiming the Gospel. In 1903 the Oblates founded the San Antonio philosophical Seminary today known as the Oblate School of theology. the Oblates presence in the united States grew quickly: three Oblates arrived in Buffalo, new York on August 21, 1851. Bishop John timon had requested the Oblates work with the people of the citys largely immigrant and minority population. the Oblates established Holy Angels Church the oldest parish continually staffed by the Oblates in the united States. they also established the Bishop Fallon Residence, a pre-novitiate house of formation. today the Oblates are involved in parishes, schools, retreat centers and shrines throughout the united States.

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Our HistoryOblate Missionary Society, Inc.Founded in 2008 to consolidate fundraising efforts that had been in place since the 1940s, Oblate Missionary Society, Inc. (OMSI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a ministry of the united States province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. OMSIs purpose is to help support the Catholic identity and mission of the united States province. Within OMSI are four Oblate fundraising entities, each working toward the goal of providing the funds needed to support the Oblates mission to serve Gods poor.

Missionary Association of Mary Immaculatethe Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate (MAMI) in Belleville, Illinois was originally established to raise the much-needed funds for the Oblates St. Henrys preparatory School. Later the Association raised the funds for a shrine in Belleville now known as the national Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. MAMI began as a vision of hundreds of thousands of lay members sharing, praying and sacrificing to help carry out the mission of the Church through the work of the Oblates. the organization began with two womens auxiliaries who organized card parties, bingos, quilt socials and an annual picnic. From these beginnings Fr. John Madigan, O.M.I. Fr. Edwin Guild, O.M.I. began a meager direct mail program a tradition originated Oblate Chaplain Director by the founder, St. Eugene De Mazenod which was successful after just two years and continues to this day to support the Oblates ministries in the united States, Mexico and Zambia. MAMI has grown dramatically over the years. today it boasts over 90 employees who plan, write, design, print and mail direct mail and web-based campaigns year-round.

Oblate MissionsOblate Missions, an OMSI fundraising organization located in San Antonio, texas supports the efforts of the Missionary Oblates by focusing on spiritual ministry and by supporting Oblate missionaries, seminarians and humanitarian projects around the world. Oblate Missions furthers the Oblates mission through its sponsorship of the Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest and Our Lady of Guadalupe tepeyac de San Antonio. this spiritual haven was dedicated on December 7, 1941. Mass is celebrated daily in English and in Spanish for pilgrims to the grotto, many of whom come from texas, across the u.S., Mexico, Central and South America.

Fr. Saturnino Lajo, O.M.I. Oblate Director

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Office of Charitable and planned Givingthe Office of Charitable and planned Giving in Belleville, Illinois fosters its benefactors partnership with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. By making a planned or charitable gift to the Oblates, these benefactors personally join Oblate missionaries as partners in Christ. Some benefactors who donate major gifts to the Oblates are invited to join the De Mazenod Society or the Good Samaritan Society. A De Mazenod Society membership is attained through cumulative annual gifts of $1,000 or more. the group is composed of like-minded people who come together to share their concern about poverty and the loss of faith that pervades so many parts of the world. Some members choose to contribute privately, while others are recognized at an annual dinner at the national Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Office Of charitable and Planned GivinG

Office of Charitable and planned Giving team

the Good Samaritan Society was established to recognize benefactors who make a planned gift to the Missionary Oblates. these planned gifts include annuities, bequests, IRAs, life insurance, bank accounts, bonds, real estate and stocks or mutual fund designations.

Missionary Oblate partnershipthe Missionary Oblate partnership is a group of individuals from the united States who share St. Eugene De Mazenods conviction that nothing should be left undared in the call to reveal the power of Christs love to the world. the partners are men and women who seek a deeper connection with the Body of Christ. this connection includes not only philanthropy, but spiritual development and a personal encounter with the poor whom the Oblates serve. the partners consider themselves co-missionaries with the Oblates throughout the world. In the words of Arthur pingolt, president of Oblate partnership, the goal is not to fix the worlds problems: thats Gods work. Rather, what Oblate partners and donors do is to make it possible for the Oblates to be present with the worlds poorest. We, then, become part of Christs presence, from this deeper understanding of what true compassion means.

Arthur A. pingolt, Jr. president

their members include the former Governor of the State of Colorado, the owner of the new Orleans Saints football team, the former ambassador of Zambia to the un