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I grew up in a close family and one of hardest things I ever did was to leave home and family at the age of seventeen to enter the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. That novitiate year wasn’t easy. I missed my family...

Michael Swan, in the Catholic Register, on the statement released by the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle last week, highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on isolated First Nations communities. Canada’s bishops and their Indigenous partners in the Guadalupe Circle are calling for “a decarceration plan” —...

Reflections on resurrection from participants of the October 2019, Amazon Synod As the coronavirus spreads across the world, we are reminded yet again of our interconnectedness on this, our Common Home. Where one part of the human family is hurting, others are sure to follow in...

Some Oblates experience the call to the religious life, to a life of service and community, but not to the priesthood. Though small in number in our congregation, Oblate brothers witness to something fundamental about our vocation. The 33rd General Chapter Document (1998) reminds us...

Throughout the world many are suffering because of the Covid-19 virus.  In these days of uncertainty and fear, we offer you this brief prayer. Let us pray for each other and for all people, remembering in a particular way those already sick, and those who are...

Like many others, I was deeply distressed to learn of the recent revelations concerning Jean Vanier. He was a person whom I much admired and about whom, on numerous occasions, I have written glowingly. So, the news about him shook me deeply. What’s to be...

Watch the story of Taylor Hyatt, a staff member for Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet TVNDY, and a lifelong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities: TVNDY is a progressive, non-religious organization consisting of persons with disabilities and supporters who oppose euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other end-of-life...

Pictured left: Drummers from the parish of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Aboriginal Church perform at St. Boniface Cathedral. WINNIPEG -- The Paradis brothers —  Francois and Edmond — somehow knew they were destined for the life of an Oblate missionary. Of course, having an uncle, Fr. Alphonse Paradis,...

The new year of 2020 began with my arrival in Nairobi with Ken Thorson, OMI for my first visit to the Kenya Mission. As I began to travel around the various parishes our members serve, the mental images I carried from National Geographic and other...

Pictured left: Facilitator Michelle Miller, Oblate Frs. Fernando Velasquez and Ken Thorson prepare to address the group. 25 Oblates (five each from U.S. and from the three provinces of Canada) gathered at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Canada, the third week of September 2019...

In the spring of 2012, during a time of discernment for new ministry, Fr. Tony O’Dell and I visited St. Patrick parish, in the inner city of Hamilton, ON, “incognito” for a Sunday Mass. At some point I said to Fr. Tony, “If we come...

ad vitam - The webzine of consecrated life in Canada The Canadian Religious Conference is proud to launch its new publication, ad vitam, a webzine and a window into consecrated life in Canada. Featuring articles and audio-visual media, ad vitam proposes theological and pastoral reflections on...

Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate Bishop in Western Canada Biography Bishop Ovide Charlebois was born in Oka in Québec, Canada, on February 17, 1862. He was educated at the College de L’Assomption (Quebec) and Ottawa College. Joining the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1883,...

Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.Pope Francis – November 2019In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions...

Missionary spring in the Church In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church. Pope Francis – October 2019 Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus...

Cornwall, Ontario – The Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) elected the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, as its next President, and the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, Bishop of St-Jérôme, as its next Vice President. [caption id="attachment_9727" align="alignleft" width="113"] Archbishop...

 Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans. Pope Francis – September 2019 Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them are...

Father Ken Thorson prepares to tackle challenges for historic missionary order [caption id="attachment_9511" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Rev. Warren Brown, General Councillor of Oblates US/Canada Region, blesses new members of OMI Lacombe Provincial Council: Fathers Ken Thorson, Richard Beaudette, Leszek Kwiatkowski, Jaroslaw Pachocki, Susai Jesu and Brother Harley...

[caption id="attachment_9493" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Back row (L-R): Fr. Humphrey Milimo, OMI, Brandon Garcia, Mateusz Brzezinski, Prasad Marapogu, Musonda Chota, Mateusz Garstecki, Moses Khisa. Front row (L-R) Bro. Pat McGee, OMI, Christopher Din, Chomba Kangwa, Henry Zayamoe, Fr. Frank Kuczera, OMI.[/caption] Oblates and friends gathered at the...

[caption id="attachment_9290" align="aligncenter" width="937"] Congretional representatives of the Wisconsin Religious Collaborative, from left, are Srs. Jean Steffes, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes; Sue Ernster, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration; Beverly Heitke, Sisters of the Divine Savior; Rose Jochmann, Sisters of St. Francis of...

Day 9: Regional Priorities After two days of retreat, it was once more time for the inter-capitulars to engage in dialogue regarding the implementation of the calls of the 36th General Chapter. The inter-chapter focuses not only on what has been achieved in the three years...

Day 3: Discussing the Regional Reports   The third day of the Inter-Chapter had the Latin America region presenting to the session on their region. Frs José Ariel MARTINEZ and Jésus FUERTES presented the joys and the challenges of the Latin America region. The social problems and human...

POLAND Rule 128e of our Constitutions and Rules directs that, “Between Chapters, the Superior General in Council, in plenary session, will call at least one meeting of the Provincials with the Central Government.  After consulting the Provincials, he will determine the details of the convocation and...

Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges the humanity faces. Every month Pope Francis invites us to follow him in...

The mandate of the Mission Co-operative Program is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ in developing countries by: Providing food, clean water, clothing, medical and dental care and supplies, tuition, school supplies, and literacy training to those in need in developing countries; Supporting the...

Dedicated individuals from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Poland, United States, Rome and Canada (members of the Global Oblate Fundraisers [GOF]) met in Saskatoon June 9 – 12. Members from Australia were unable to attend. The GOF, a service of the General Administration in Rome working with...

Enjoy an article from Oblate Connections Ireland. The article among other things mentions Con Scollen’s great respect for Indian languages. In Leon Doucet’s memoirs he speaks of Scollen: Doucet relates, “I had to go to Saint-Paul-des-Cris and Brother Scollen, who spoke Cree very well, had to accompany...

General Administration With the consent of his Council meeting in Plenary Session on May 9, 2019, the Superior General has appointed Fr. Mokone Joseph RATHAKOA as the Superior of the OMI General House in Rome, and Fr. Henricus Asodo ISTOYO as the Superior of the Eugene...

The Prime Minister was in Hamilton for Good Friday. Justin Trudeau helped hand out fish and chips to the homeless and then stayed for mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Friday.. It’s always a Good Friday around St. Patrick’s Church in Hamilton. “We feed around 300-400...

The Conference on “Oblation and martyrdom” that will be held in May in Pozuelo, Spain, invites us to reflect on a fundamental dimension of our Oblate vocation: martyrdom. [caption id="attachment_8472" align="alignleft" width="152"] Alexius Reynard, OMI[/caption] The first martyr among Oblates was Alexius Reynard, killed in 1875 in...

His artwork is admired by people all over the world.  But Fr. Clyde Rausch, O.M.I. doesn’t paint icons for personal glory or the admiration of others.   Instead, he paints for just one client.  “God is my best customer,” said Fr. Clyde. “And I’m not even the painter, that’s the Holy Spirit.”  Since the 1980s Fr. Clyde has been painting (often...

As the leader of the Diocese of Churchill – Hudson Bay in Canada, Bp. Anthony Krotki, O.M.I. is in charge of one of the largest, and smallest diocese in the world. By land, the diocese covers about 1.4 million square miles of primarily Inuit territory. By population, there are only 9,000 Catholics living in isolated missions with names like...

Hello my brother Oblates and Associates; Habemus Provincialis! Please note the attachment naming Fr. Ken Thorson, OMI as Provincial of OMI Lacombe Canada Province beginning his first term on August 15th 2019. Click here for attachment from Fr. Warren Brown. Congratulations Ken and we thank you for accepting this...

An analysis of  this year’s coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women, pipeline protests, forced sterilization, and racial discrimination is revealing. News about Indigenous communities, it shows, tends to make its way into the spotlight mostly when it is negative.  Although afflictions affecting Indigenous communities...

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION Fr. Peter Stoll, OMI, the General Councillor for Asia-Oceania and the liaison for lay associations, has sent us the Calendar of Masses to be celebrated for the intention of MAMI members throughout the Congregation. Download calendar “It was on the occasion of the publication of the 1947 Administrative...

Avis aux passionnés d’histoire : les Archives provinciales de l’Alberta recrutent plusieurs bénévoles pour trier, classer et catégoriser des milliers de documents produits par les Oblats de Marie-Immaculée acquis en août dernier. En fin de compte, ce travail d’archive facilitera les recherches et donnera lieu à...

Hilarie Fortune is part of the parish outreach at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, AB.  She, along with the pastor Fr. Susai Jesu, OMI, and many others, work together to serve the poor and marginalized of Edmonton's central neighborhoods.  Watch the...

[caption id="attachment_7110" align="alignleft" width="185"] US Provincial, Fr. Louis Studer addresses the congregation.[/caption] The Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker in the heart of downtown Lowell celebrated the 150th anniversary of the start of Oblate ministry in this city in 1868 with a concelebrated Mass and reception on Sunday, October 14. The...

To the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach, It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our beloved teacher and spiritual father, Thomas Keating. Fr. Thomas offered his final letting go of the body on October 25, 2018 at 10:07pm at...

In the midst of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, Pope Francis will canonize seven new saints. During the Canonization Mass on October 14, 2018, the Holy Father will canonize Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero, two...

[caption id="attachment_7007" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Fr. Paolo Archiati, OMI Vicar General[/caption] These years, our religious missionary family is celebrating important anniversaries. On January 25, 2016, it celebrated 200 years of life, recalling the day when its Founder, Saint Eugene de Mazenod, began to live together with four...

<span style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" data-mce-type="bookmark" class="mce_SELRES_start">?</span> Pope Francis’ words and actions have had a profound impact on countless people of various backgrounds, interests, and beliefs. In the interviews for my upcoming documentary, The Francis Impact, I’ve heard some beautiful and concrete testimonies of...

The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a message to the present and past members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council, marking its 20th anniversary. An important initiative of the Conference, the establishment...

Pictured left: (L-R) Lazaro Angel Leal, Michael Kabazo, Joey Methé and Wilbroad Kapembwa Oblates and friends gathered at St. Ambrose Parish in Godfrey, Illinois on the anniversary of the birth of St. Eugene de Mazenod, August 1, 2018 to welcome four new men into the Oblate...

The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges the humanity faces. Every month Pope Francis invites us to follow him in his prayer requests. For...

Pope Francis' encyclical has become the subject of many studies, conferences and new publications, illustrating its richness Mural of St Francis, St. Francis Parish, Seffner, Florida, United States. Pope Francis’ long-anticipated 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ has not disappointed its readers, receiving a broad and enthusiastic welcome in a rare...

Religion still matters to millions of Canadians, so why is there so little coverage of faith and personal belief? Mary Hynes sits with a cup of tea in a cozy, burgundy-walled studio at CBC’s Toronto offices. She’s interviewing Paul Bramadat, a professor at the University of...

[caption id="attachment_5952" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Archbishop Murray Chatlain and Elder Rosella Kinoshameg, centre, are co-chairs of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, which has been asked to help Ottawa with reconciliation efforts.[/caption] Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle focuses on reconciliation Minister of Indigenous Affairs has asked the Our...

A reflection on the importance of mother's in our lives. Life throws into our path many things: the good, the bad and the ugly. However, the way we take in, reflect on, and make something out of these ups and downs makes them transformative learning experiences...

In the weeks leading up to the flood, Constant Ngouala pulled weeds to prepare the beds for his fall seedlings. During those mid-August days, steeped in Houston’s humidity, he hadn’t known about the tropical wave forming off the western coast of Africa, hadn’t paid any...

Fr. Maurice Schroeder, an Oblate and a Medical Doctor, recently returned to his homeland after many years as a missionary in Peru.  Here he muses on that homecoming experience. [caption id="attachment_5383" align="alignnone" width="600"] "Centro de Salud Santa Clotilde" - The hospital & health clinic at the...

Since 2005, Father Hermann has admitted more than 4,700 women with 10,000 children into his shelter program in Namibia - but due to his age and health issues, the future of everyone there is uncertain. Photographs and text by Christian Bobst.  Published on www.lensculture.com. [caption id="attachment_4913" align="alignnone" width="1000"]...

Respecting differences. Communicating clearly. Adjusting formation programs to create connection among novices and postulants from various cultures. Extending such awareness training to older members of the community. Remembering that Christianity and the Catholic Church are rooted theologically in international mission. These were some of the key...

The first Angolan Oblate, Paulo Sango PINDALI, recently made his perpetual profession of vows.  Here is the story of his vocation as he himself tells it: I am Paulo Sango Pindali, born in Lobito / Benguela (Angola) on 1 November 1988. Coming from a Christian home....

The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges the humanity faces. Every month Pope Francis invites us to follow him in his prayer requests. For...

Pope Francis has proclaimed Sunday November 19 the World Day of the Poor.  His message offers a challenge to all members of the Church and of course to religious who have professed the vow of poverty. Click on the picture to download the Pastoral Aid Message of...

Jet-lagged in Warsaw I arrived in Poland on Tuesday morning October 17, and was met at the airport by Fr. Lukasz Krause, a member of the Provincial Council, and homiletics professor at the scholasticate in Obra. Patient and generous, and always in good humour, Lukasz would...

On September 28, 2017, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, named former Oblate Assistant General, Fr. Ryszard SZMYDKI, to the role of Under-secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Since 2014, he has been serving as the General Secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Works...

During the national 150th anniversary celebrations, Catherine Clark's blog, #150 Great People, celebrates the significant contributions of 150 Ottawa Citizens, one of whom is Marsha Wilson, the Director of St. Joe's Women's Centre in Ottawa, Clark's blog post is below...

Parishes and First Nations communities from B.C. to Ontario are mourning the death of Father John Brioux, OMI, an Oblate priest with a deep spirituality and love for his flock. Photo: Father John Brioux (right) smiles with Squamish nation Deacon Rennie Nahannee and his wife, Emma....

On Friday April 7th, 2017, the Providence Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul, Kingston, Ontario, made a legacy gift of $2.5M to Saint Paul University to establish the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. Saint Paul University, founded by the Oblates, had identified the need...