|Based on a Jesuit's Proposal
VATICAN CITY, 19 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
Oasis Movement which appears in the Directory of International
Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for
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Official name: Oasis Movement
History: The Oasis Movement was founded in Rome on Nov. 1, 1950, the day
of the promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady, by a
group of students who took up the proposal made by Jesuit Father
Virginio Rotondi to commit their youth to the pursuit of the ideal of
Subjected to discernment by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith (in those days the Holy Office) it was officially recognized in
1952. That same year, Pope Pius XII received its members in a special
audience at Castel Gandolfo, and delivered a policy address to them
which still remains to this day the Magna Carta of the movement.
Since Pius XII, subsequent Popes have also expressed their gratitude and
given encouragement to the pastoral work of the movement.
The movement is incorporated into the life of the Church at the
universal, national, diocesan and parish levels. In June 1992, it was
also welcomed into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Identity: The specific spirituality of the Oasis Movement is to view
one's own life as a service of love.
This service is summarized under five points or commitments that help
young people in particular to grow humanly and to mature spiritually:
"knowing how to serve"; "being interested in the world"; "taking on the
attitude of a servant"; "delivering oneself to Christ"; and "delivering
oneself to our brothers and sisters."
Its specific charism is vocational in the modern and ecclesial sense of
that term: to lead people to see themselves as an affirmative response
to the universal vocation to holiness; to any call of God, the Church
and our brothers and sisters; to the quest for God's will, to be done at
all times in one's own social, professional, political or ecclesial
state of life.
The movement emphasizes the pastoral ministry of vocations for young
people and families, and sets out to bear witness to a spirit of total
devotion, generosity and total fidelity to the Pope, the Church and its
The formation pathway of the members, which is performed through a
series of courses
the outline of which is based on the words of Father Rotondi that "our
life is perfected to the extent that it is geared to and harmonized with
the will of God"
has four levels, each of which has a particular form of commitment:
service, promise, consecration, animation.
Organization: Because of the spread of the movement to different
countries, it became necessary to establish an international secretariat
to support the work of the animators throughout the world.
After the death of the founder on April 13, 1990, an international team
was put in place, made up of the national Oasis animators and the
international secretariat, which is responsible for preserving and
developing the Oasis concept, faithful to the teachings of Father
Membership: Since it is not a structured association, it is difficult to
put a figure on the number of members of the movement.
Over 50 years it has helped to form hundreds of thousands of people in
the spirituality of "serving for love," actively committed in many
different apostolic ecclesial movements, associations or organizations.
The Oasis movement is now present in eight countries, in Asia, Europe,
North America and South America.
Works: Villaggio Nuova Speranza at Sao Matesu in the state of Espirito
Santo in Brazil: This is a social work which looks after about 500
children every day from the nearby "favelas" in the kindergarten and
five elementary school classes.
The school syllabuses, which are also designed for the human development
of the children, integrate farming activities, and notions of handicraft
and hygiene. The children are given food every day. The aim is to
influence families through the children.
Publications: Crescere, published monthly
Web site: www.movimento-oasi.it
Centro Internazionale Movimento Oasi
Via dei Laghi, km 8.500
00040 Castel Gandolfo RM
Tel. (39) 06.949.5831
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]