May 2nd, 2016
What we cease to celebrate we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. We have a proud history, 200 years now, of ministering to the poor around the world. This merits celebrating.
April 22nd, 2016
The door to a church office probably appears dull and non-descript to passers-by but it holds moments of grace. Here in Saskatoon (St. Joseph’s) we are a downtown church. Almost daily there will be one or more homeless men pushing the doorbell asking for bus fare.
May 3rd, 2016
Oblate of Mary Immaculate Father Ronald Rolheiser, author, columnist, retreat leader, and president of the Oblate School of Theology will receive the 2016 National Federation of Priests’ Councils Touchstone award.
May 2nd, 2016
It was a travel day again as we rewound our steps from Lourdes to Aix. It was with full hearts that we celebrated Mass at the retreat centre chapel early in the morning in preparation for a 9:30 train departure. In listening to each other’s experiences, it seems as if Lourdes had been so much more than we had expected or even hoped for.
May 2nd, 2016
It was quite a way to start our day: 8:30 am Mass at the Lourdes grotto with our companion, Father Fred Groleau OMI, concelebrating! I’m not quite sure how Fred felt, but our hearts certainly were singing! It is really an experience to be in that special place with hundreds of other worshipers and, hearing the simple story of Bernadette and the Lady, to ponder on the graciousness of our God. I especially love the fact that our Lady spoke to Bernadette in dialect, i.e., up close and personal; it reminds me of de Mazenod!
We have been in contact with the Oblates since 1973. In 1986, we participated in a workshop on “Personality and Human Relations” directed by Father Lomer Laplante O.M.I. Through personal reflection and sharing with the other members of the group, we discovered a profound and nearly urgent desire to live a “missionary experience“ which led us to our first trip to Bolivia in 1987. We remained in Bolivia during 10 out of 15 years, because we also wanted to spend time with our family in Canada.
John is friendly, talkative, colorful and full of stories. He wears his Oblate identity with a sense of pride and fills the room with his warm smile. His conversation is equally expressive in his facial expressions as in his spirited words.
He was born in 1931 in Danby, Quebec, and raised on the Southern Shore of the St. Lawrence outside of Montreal. He began his Oblate life with his novitiate year in 1948.