REGION OF AFRICA - MADAGASCAR
Priests: 535 Brothers: 79 Scholastics: 224 TOTAL: 838 Oblates
       
AFRICA-MADAGASCAR OVERVIEW
Personnel: The Africa-Madagascar Region has a total of 815 Oblates, including its 202 Oblates in formation. Of the 600+ Oblates in active ministry, more than170 are less than 40 years of age. Aproximately 29% are etween 40 and 60 and 43% are older than 60.

Mission and Ministries: In the Region, 74 Oblates work in vocation ministry and formation, 453 at commitments of their provinces, 52 in personal ministries, and 95 in internal services. The principal ministries and those most expressive of the Oblate charism are certainly vocation ministry and formation. In second place would come urban and rural pastoral work in a parochial framework or at mission stations or chapels. These involve poor and difficult environments. In the third place would come chaplaincies of jails and hospitals and care for the sick and imprisoned, sometimes involving training about their rights and the means of defending them within the framework of Justice and Peace. In the field of education Oblates are involved in formation of the diocesan clergy, university teaching, a university chaplaincy, work in elementary and secondary schools and teaching of basic literacy.

The variety of other ministries is very ample. For example, Oblates are actively involved in the apostolate of the press and publications, pastoral ministry to families, sometimes by means of "Marriage Encounter", or through presence on ecclesiastical tribunals; the formation of lay persons as ministers of celebrations or as catechists or other kinds of leaders; pastoral ministry to young people via youth retreats; psychological counseling and spiritual direction; a rehabilitation center; children of the streets; retreats and care of a Marian shrine; charitable works; dialogue with Islam; the mission "ad extra".

A number of these ministries are new developments as part of a quest for commitments more characteristic of our Congregation. Even within the framework of parishes considered more ‘Oblate' on account of their poverty or because they are reputed to be more difficult, reflection is taking place on our charism and care is being taken to give them an Oblate flavor. This implies an effort to introduce a formation that will enable them to be true communities, with a conscience and a commitment to justice and peace and with their own lay leaders and animators. Other more recent developments include the organization of the pastoral ministry of vocations and of first formation where it has not yet existed. Also taken on were new missions or stations and ministries among the most abandoned (prisoners, the sick, children of the streets, etc.).

The chief difficulty encountered in the work of the Oblates of the Region has to do with the shortage of personnel, especially in the older foundations which have had few local vocations. The senior missionaries are getting older, are falling ill or dying or returning to their country of origin, and the mother provinces are no longer providing new personnel. There is also a shortage of specialized personnel, for teaching in universities and major seminaries, as well as in the apostolate of the press and modern media.

Another important challenge is the transition from a missionary church, that had been taking up all available resources, to a local church, that assumes its specific role and should work out its own clear pastoral plan and free up Oblates to do the work that is specifically theirs. This transition is slow and difficult. It requires new contracts with bishops who are sometimes reluctant to lose a number of pastors. It demands of older missionaries that they break free of a kind of individualistic mentality in ministry.

Oblates have built and continue to build churches and schools, give out scholarships, and to provide for the financing of various projects. For this reason the people see them as benefactors and expect material aid from them, especially in the case of very poor people. In some cases Oblates have been very important agents in the development of the country, especially in certain areas such as education and health in addition to spreading the Christian faith. They have been very close to the poor and simple people, speaking their language and caring for them with dedication. The people know this dimension of the Oblates' story and are grateful to them. They think highly of the Oblates and hold them in reverence, and expect of them absolutely blameless behavior. But since the Oblates have been benefactors, they continue to expect benefits. This gives the impression of a rich church, even richer than other religious denominations.

The Oblates from the local area have inherited this situation and sometimes are tempted to try to emulate their predecessors. In view of this reality, the Oblates are reviewing their lifestyle to see what should be changed and what they can do to present to the people a more evangelical image of religious life and of the Church in general.
       

ANGOLA
MISSION OF ANGOLA Fr.Jean-Claude Ngoma Ndewes
(Province of Congo)
Igreja de S. André Cx. Postal 6010
Bairro N'Gola Kiluanji Luanda
Angola
Priests: 5
Brothers: 1
Scholastics: 0
Total Oblates: 6
Tel.

BOTSWANA
MISSION OF BOTSWANA Fr. Joseph Morena Koetlisi
(Province of Lesotho)
Box 41 Good Hope
Thusong Ya Modimo
Botswana
Priests: 2
Brothers: 0
Scholastics: 0
Total Oblates: 2
Tel. (267) 504 072

CAMEROUN
PROVINCE OF CAMEROUN Fr. Thomas Mbaye Le-N'Djekila
Procure des Missions
Rue Mgr Yves Plumey
B.P. 75 Garoua
Cameroun
Bishops: 3
Priests: 104
Brothers: 17
Scholastics: 44
Total Oblates: 165
Provincial (237) 27 20 23
Tel/Satellite: 871 761 321 473
Fax (237) 27 20 47
Procure: procomi.gra@camnet.cm
NKOL-BISSON omi@camnet.cm

CENTRAL PROVINCE - SOUTH AFRICA
CENTRAL PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA Fr. Michael Morrissey
Provincial House
P.O. Box 874 Kimberley
8300
R.S.A
Bishops: 3
Priests: 45
Brothers: 4
Scholastics: 8
Total Oblates: 57
Tel. (53) 8612 706
Fax (53) 8612 335
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Provincial: omicentralprovince@worldonline.co.za
Bloemfontein: Archbishop's House bfnarch@mweb.co.za
Bloemfontein: Oblate House mailto:bloemomi@mweb.co.za
Bloemfontein Cathedral catholicr@shisas.com

CONGO
PROVINCE OF CONGO Fr. Paul Manessa Ndongo
B.P. 8251
Kinshasa 1
Congo
Bishop: 1
Priests: 82
Brothers: 16
Scholastics: 49
Total Oblates: 147
Tel. (243) 88 20 537
Fax (243) 88 44 785
Fr. Provincial supromi@apromico.aton.cd
Provincial Secretariate sec@apromico.aton.cd
IDIOFA: Procurator procoblakin@maf.org
KINTAMBO: Scolasticat St Eugène de Mazenod scoloblakin@maf.org
NDOLO: Saint Eloi procoblakin@maf.org
(Residence) procoblakin@ic.cd (Procure)

KENYA
MISSION OF KENYA Fr.Kenneth Forster
(Oblate Conference of Canada)
Catholic Rectory P.O. Box 2501
Meru
Kenya
Priests: 4
Brothers: 1
Scholastics: 0
Total Oblates: 5
Tel. (254) 176 41010
Fax (254) 244 2124
Oblates gmc@users.africaonline.co.ke

LESOTHO
PROVINCE OF LESOTHO Fr. Augustinus Bane
Oblate House
P.O. Box 795, Maseru 100
Lesotho South. Africa
Bishops: 2
Priests: 93
Brothers: 22
Scholastics: 32
Total Oblates: 147
Fax (266) 310 131
Provincial Office casaprov@lesoff.co.za
MASERU: Provincial House casaprov@lesoff.co.za

MADAGASCAR
DELEGATION OF MADAGASCAR Fr. Roman Krauz
(Province of Poland)
Prénoviciat E. de Mazenod B.P. 110
501 Toamasina
Madagasca
Priests: 26
Brothers: 4
Scholastics: 16
Total Oblates: 46
Tel. (261) 20 53 311 21
Fax (261) 20 22 409 47
Delegation Superior: omigasikara@vitelcom.mg
ANTANANARIVO
omitana@vitelcom.mg
FIANARANTSOA: Centre OMIFILM
omifilm@vitelcom.mg  
FIANARANTSOA: Scolasticat St Eugène
omifilm@vitelcom.mg
TOAMASINA-TANAMAKOA Foyer de Jeunes
omigasikara@vitelcom.mg

NAMIBIA
PROVINCE OF NAMIBIA Fr. Philipp Pöllitzer
Doebra P.O. Box 2149
Windhoek
Namibia
Bishops: 2
Priests: 36
Brothers: 8

Scholastics: 10
Total Oblates: 54
Fax (264) 61 264 394

NATAL -- SOUTH AFRICA
PROVINCE OF NATAL Fr. Allan Moss
39 Pioneer Road Box 17035
Congella 4013 Durban, Natal
South Africa
Bishops: 2
Priests: 61
Brothers: 2
Scholastics: 15
Total Oblates: 78
Tel. (27) 31 2059321
Fax (27) 31 2060270
PROVINCIAL HOUSE mossa@iafrica.com
CEDARA: St. Joseph Scholasticate
cedara@iafrica.com
CONGELLA: Sabon House gpomi@dbn.lia.net
DEVLAND: Novitiate South Africa
ominovit@global.co.za
ESTCOURT: St. John
stjohns@caseynet.co.za
PIETERMARITZBURG: St. Mary
smarycch@iafrica.com
PIETERMARITZBURG: St. Vincent
ominatal@futurenet.co.za
UMBILO: Our Lady of Assumption
asumbilo@mweb.co.za
WESTVILLE: Our Lady of Lourdes
Lourdes@mweb.co.za

NIGERIA
MISSION OF NIGERIA Fr. Felix Njoku
(Province of Cameroun)
Oblate Community P.O. Box 494
Jos Plateau State
Nigeria
Priests: 9
Brothers:
Scholastics: 2
Total Oblates: 11
Tel. (234) 73 52 878
Fax (234) 73 56 273

QWA-QWA -- SOUTH AFRICA
MISSION OF QWA-QWA Fr.Clement Ntlou
(Province of Lesotho)
Makeneng Catholic Church P.O. Box 10947
Mokodumela 9868
Qwa Qwa R.S.A.
Priests: 3
Brothers:
Scholastis:
Total Oblates: 3
Tel.

SAHARA (WESTERN)
DELEGATION OF SAHARA Monsgr. Acacio Valbuena
(Province of Spain)
B.P. 31
Layoune
Maroc
Prefect Apostolic: 1
Priests: 2

Total Oblates: 3
Tel. (212) 822 3270

SENEGAL
DELEGATION OF SENEGAL Fr. Giancarlo Todesco
(Province of Italy)
Mission Catholique
B.P. 26003
Dakar-Parcelles
Sénégal
Priests: 17
Brothers: 2

Scholastics: 8
Total Oblates: 19
Tel. (221) 83 50 510
Fax (221) 83 50 510
Delegation Superior omi@ns.arc.sn

TRANSVA\AL -- SOUTH AFRICA
TRANSVAAL PROVINCE Fr. Samson Kataka
P.O. Box 44029
Linden
2104 R.S.A.
Priests: 57
Brothers: 1
Scholastics: 20

Total Oblates: 78
Fax (11) 888 3939
PROVINCIAL HOUSE: St. Charles saintcharles@icon.co.za
PROVINCIAL HOUSE: DIEPKLOOF: St Margaret thebele@netactive.co.za

ZAMBIA
DELEGATION OF ZAMBIA Fr. Ronald Carignan
(USA Province)
Oblate Mission Centre
P.O. Box 32009
Woodlands, Lusaka
Zambia Africa
Bishops: 1
Priests: 14
Brothers:1
Scholastics: 4
Total Oblates: 19
Tel. (260) 1 262 502
Fax. (260) 1 26 2308
Delegation Office caromi@zamnet.zm
KALABO: Nalionwa Mission
talabojr@zamnet.zm
LIMULUNGA: St. Lawrence Mission
limuomi@zamnet.zm
LUKULU: Sancta Maria Mission
lukulu@zamnet.zm
LUSAKA: Oblate Mission Centre
capg@zamnet.zm
LUSAKA: De Mazenod House
mazenod@zamnet.zm
MONGU: Nutrition Centre
mongunu@zamnet.za

ZIMBABWE
MISSION OF ZIMBABWE Fr. Michael Foley
(Provinces of Transvaal and Natal)
Box QP 157
Queens Park Bulawayo
Zimbabwe
Priests: 5
Brothers: 0
Scholastics:
Total Oblates: 5
Tel. (263) 9 226 747