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Golden Jubilee for Fr Joseph Hattie OMI

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WOOMB Spiritual Advisor celebrates 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood

Fr Hattie in BrazilFr Joseph Hattie, OMI, Spiritual Advisor to WOOMB International Ltd celebrates his 50th Anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on 29th May, 2014.

We congratulate Fr Hattie on this momentous occasion and give thanks for his vocation and for the many gifts God has bestowed on him during his priesthood.  Fr Hattie first heard of the Billings Ovulation Method™ while in the early 1970’s while working as priest-high-school teacher in Ottawa, Ontario.  Later, as a Chaplain at Dalhousie University he invited the Drs Billings to speak to students and the Medical Faculty.  So began a friendship which continued until the death of the Drs Billings.

In his words the Papal encyclical Humane Vitae played a pivotal role: “The conviction of the importance of the Billings Ovulation Method™ to families was added to by a growing awareness of the importance of the prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae and a strong desire to uphold and teach it in my priestly and pastoral ministry.  The Method, in its simplicity, would help couples to live the teaching contain in the Encyclical: Respect for the dignity of women, as feminine persons, and how a husband and wife should and can live their conjugal love in truth and goodness.  It was also evident how the method could help parents to better carry out their responsibility of being the first educators of their children regarding the gift of fertility, masculinity and femininity, and to help them to teach the importance of good stewardship of this great gift of fertility and human sexuality.”                

Father has been instrumental in promoting the Billings Ovulation Method™ throughout Canada and beyond.  “Looking back, I would say that the Lord made me a talent scout for the Holy Spirit and the Method.  Over the years the Lord provided a good number of such opportunities – to speak to people one-on-one and to hand out a Billings book.”

Fr Hattie accepted the appointment as Spiritual Advisor to WOOMB International Ltd in 2009.  He sees his role “as one of support, especially of the Board through prayer, to be available for spiritual advice when asked for, and to remind the Board, from time to time, that they will never get rich in this apostolate to marriage and the family!  So walk in faith with the Lord. ”   The Directors are very grateful to Fr Hattie for the richness he offers us through prayer and wise counsel. He never stops reminding us that his devotion to God and His Blessed Mother are the centre of his being and it is worth reflecting on his words on Mary (whom as an Oblate of Mary he refers to as “my boss”)

“The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, is a model for all of us.  She put the gift of her fertility, her receptivity and hospitality at the service of God’s work of redeeming mankind. Let us never hesitate to ask her help in this work we do - to offer all couples the opportunity to put their gift of fertility at the service of the God of Life, for the future of the world, and the ongoing work of redemption.  Amen.”

Rev  Joseph Hattie OMIFr Hattie OMI encourages all to be cheerleaders for God and his battle cry is “Yay God!”  We give a loud YAY GOD! in thanking God for allowing the global Billings Family to be the recipients of the fruitfulness of this vocation to the priesthood.

If you would like to read more of the story of how Fr Hattie OMI became involved in the Billings Ovulation Method™ click here.

The Directors of WOOMB International organised for a Papal Blessing for Fr Hattie on this momentous occasion.