Together… we build up the Kingdom of God

The Oblates of the United States have actively supported the work of the Oblates in Zambia since 1984.

The Zambia Delegation has one of the most successful Oblate vocation and formation programs in Africa

With nearly 75 seminarians in formation to become priests or brothers, the new Oblate House of Studies in Lusaka opened its doors in 2011.  The project is funded through the generosity of our benefactors in the United States and Canada.

The Zambian Oblates build up the Church in a multitude of ways. They have established community outreach programs that teach the people to become self-sufficient.  The Oblates also evangelize to the masses through Radio Liseli, an Oblate-run radio station that is able to reach over 400,000 people every day.

The Oblates work with youth in Zambia to better their educational opportunities, healthcare, and safety

In Lukulu the Oblates built a dormitory for female students. Before this dorm was constructed, girls who traveled from remote areas to attend school would be forced to rent rooms in unsafe areas. They can now live and study without fear.

Supporting the rapidly growing Church in Zambia is one of the biggest challenges faced by the Oblates of the United States Province.  As with all Oblate missions, the hope is that the Zambia Delegation will one day become self-sufficient. The Zambian Oblates are doing their part to ensure the viability of their mission by exploring projects such as raising pigs and developing commercial farms in order to raise funds.  They are also writing grants and renting out their Centre House to guests.  They are investing in their most promising young Zambian men, realizing that future generations of Oblates will need strong, courageous leaders.

The Oblates in Zambia strive to provide for even the most basic needs to the poor

On one occasion an elderly woman and her husband traveled two hours by foot to reach the Oblate mission.  The woman’s daughter had died suddenly, leaving behind her newborn child.  To keep her grandchild alive the woman needed formula, but she couldn’t afford it.  Thankfully, the Oblates were able to help.  From then on the grandmother made the two-hour journey to the mission every week, where the Oblates had arranged for the family to continue receiving the necessary nutrients for the infant.

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