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General Administration [caption id="attachment_12977" align="alignright" width="300"] Since then the house is 'empty' but the community has continued to live![/caption] Greetings from the Aix-en-Provence Foundation House community! We would like to share with you some news from us. March 18, 2020 was the date set by the French government to...

Several years ago, a colleague of mine suffered a crushing disappointment. Her instinctual temptation was towards anger, towards shutting a series of doors and withdrawing. Instead, wounded in spirit, she asked herself the question, what is love asking of me now? In answering that, she found that...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2021 DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE TÉLÉCHARGEZ VERSION FRANÇAISE ICI WINNIPEG - The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) welcomes the decision by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to expedite access to critical residential school records. The Oblates operated 48 residential schools in Canada,...

[caption id="attachment_12928" align="alignright" width="300"] OST President, Scott Woodward (R) with one of the men at the facility[/caption] Consistent with a goal of empowering lives through education, Oblate School of Theology (OST) partnered with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the Ministry of...

          June 24, 2021 DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE TÉLÉCHARGEZ VERSION FRANÇAISE ICI We are two Catholic religious communities of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (commonly known as the Oblates) and were involved in operating many of the residential schools throughout Canada.  The Oblates operated...

Statement from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate regarding news from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation (Kamloops Indian Band) of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Download PDF here ...

Novalis recently published a collective work that gives laity a voice in their experience of the Church and their vision of the future of the Church.  We welcome this significant contribution to the issues facing the People of God.  Novalis remains firmly rooted in the...

Either he doesn’t know the background noise in this video makes it almost impossible to understand what he is saying, or he is too lazy to redo the video or there is something else going on.  Those are thoughts that may cross your mind after...

Pictured left: Ismael Moreno, S.J., (center) the director of Radio Progreso/Fundacion Eric, joins demonstrators in El Progresso, Honduras, protesting the election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in January 2018.  Funding from Canada's Development and Peace agency for his media and human rights ministry had been...

Liberal MP John McKay doesn’t give a damn whether he’s in cabinet or not. But he does give a damn. In an extraordinary 24-year career riding Parliament’s backbenches and chairing committees in government and opposition, McKay has steered legislation through Parliament to make sure Canada’s foreign...

Laudato si' webinar no. 7 (Organized by the OMI General Admisnitration) "The Transition of Religious Congregations to Integral Ecology" Introducing the Laudato si' Multi-year Action Platform Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 Time: 17h00 (5:00 p.m.) CET / Rome Presenter: Bro. Alberto Parise, MCCJ (JPIC Director and member of the General Secretariat of Mission -...

People spend many hours taking their kith and kin from one hospital to another in autos, and bikes, as the people cannot get an ambulance or any other vehicles. Once they reach the hospitals, the hospital administration washes its hands, saying there are no beds...

Patti-Anne Kay and Fr. Peter Doherty, OMI find Easter parallels in COVID suffering but recall it was at Pentecost that the fullness of the Resurrection was realized. Let us go about daily activities with a renewed sense of focus, purpose, and appreciation. The COVID-19 pandemic struck close...

REGISTER TODAY: KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles Summer Session begins May 18 Register today for a KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle – interactive, Zoom-based sessions that build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue.  This summer, six public sessions will be offered,...

Some good news and a huge thank-you! Yesterday some folks came and counted and carried all the donations that arrived in response to the "40 Cans for Lent" project that was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. According to our volunteers the parish donated 1,460...

April: Fundamental Rights  Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit. Pope Francis – April 2021 Defending fundamental human rights...

Fr. Alexandre Taché, a well-known canonist and a former Procurator General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate passed away from this world in Richelieu, Quebec, Canada on February 7, 2021. Alexandre Taché was born on June 13, 1926 in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce parish in Hull, Diocese of Ottawa...

Pictured left: Rebecca Roughneen (right) Personal Profile For many religious communities, the coronavirus pandemic has been a time to discover the importance of an online presence. It’s something that the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been wrestling with for some time, and has come into sharper focus...

General Committee of Oblate Brothers Saint Joseph is the protector of the Congregation and the patron saint of Oblate Brothers. Thus, the General Committee of Oblate Brothers would like to offer the Congregation and the entire Mazenodian family an opportunity, between March 19 and May 1, 2021...

We gather in the mystery and depth of the cross, the intersection of life and love, of pain and perseverance, of injustice and determination, of tenderness and solidarity, of Ongoing Care and Co-Creation. (+). [caption id="attachment_12312" align="alignright" width="100"] Fr. Jack Lau, OMI[/caption] We invite you to join...

In January of this year, I visited the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, IL to begin photo documentation of the renovation and restoration of the nearly 100-year-old building which sits on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The elegant structure was originally...

Canada’s bishops are continuing to study federal legislation that provides legal protections for Indigenous communities in the form of internationally recognized rights. Bill C-15, which would incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into Canadian law, passed second reading Feb. 17. The...

Over the past months, the Oblates and Associates of OMI Lacombe Canada Province have been participating in our synodal process “Forward Together”. During the first round of small group gatherings, we were invited to tell our stories – stories of Oblate life, of significant moments...

January: At the service of Human fraternity Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all. Pope Francis...

ARTICLE DISPONIBLE EN FRANÇAIS - TÉLÉCHARGEZ ICI I am privileged to minister regularly with the director of recovery ministries, Chris Estus, at our local United Methodist Church in San Antonio ,TX. Chris is a candidate for the pastorship with the United Methodists and will hike 2,193...

Dear Friends especially for Lay Associations coordinators across the world, both Oblate and Lay . We are 200 days away from the 2nd Lay Congress and we have  great news  about a new blog  www.omioikia.wordpress.com that we have launched to become a place of interaction and sharing amongst all Lay...

To say that legislation on the rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples was overdue is more than an understatement. It is a tragedy. So it is with prayerful optimism that we acknowledge the long awaited Bill C-15 in the House of Commons, which aims to bring Canadian...

For a life of prayer The heart of the Church’s mission is prayer. Prayer is the key for us to be able to enter into dialogue with the Father. Every time we read a short passage from the Gospel we hear Jesus speaking to us. We have a conversation...

Bl. Francisco Esteban and companions Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Martyrs History of the Cause The diocesan inquiry began in Madrid, Spain, between March 11, 1999, and January 11, 2000. The Spanish layman, father of a family, Candidus Castán San José (1894-1936), was added to the group of the...

I am pleased to present the proper calendar of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for the new liturgical year 2020-2021. DOWNLOAD THE ORDO 2020-2021 HERE In it, you will find useful information, especially about our liturgical celebrations and a reminder of some important events in the...

Artificial Intelligence  Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing.  Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good. Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress.  Future advances should be oriented towards...

Women in leadership roles in the Church We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism. Pope Francis – October 2020 No one has...

Pictured left: Our Lady of Peace Mission Cairn Sign at TWP 242/RR 43. (Photo credit: Stephanie Dittrich) [caption id="attachment_11735" align="alignleft" width="300"] Our Lady of Peace Mission Cairn Site in 1939. (Photo credits to Glenbow Archives - 1939)[/caption] The historic site where the first permanent mission of the...

Fifty years ago, we watched the birth of the Dene Nation.  We were a scrappy bunch of rebels trying to protect what was ours.  This is the story of how a great northern people took control of its destiny. At Grandin College, the assembled Dene, Métis,...

Pictured left: Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith greets elder Tony Arcand before celebrating Mass with the Sacred Heart parish community on Sept. 20 (Lincoln Ho, Grandin Media) https://www.facebook.com/sacredheartyeg/videos/246392740029792 Sacred Heart parishioners say they are grateful for the pledge to restore the First Nations church in Edmonton even as...

Understanding this current change will require a more sophisticated concept of church as people in God and worship as people in God at prayer "Disruptive innovation" is not a common term in theological and liturgical discussions. It comes from Clayton Christensen's 1997 book The Innovator's Dilemma....

The Maritime World The life of sailors or fishermen and their families is very difficult. Sometimes they are victims of forced labor or are left behind in distant ports. The competition of industrial fishing and the problem of pollution make their work even more complicated. Without the people of...

These courses form part of the Oblate Studies curriculum, consequently the experience of St. Eugene de Mazenod and his charism and tradition will be used to illustrate the class-but always with the invitation to all participants to apply the material to their needs and situations...

ONE AFTERNOON IN WYOMING, I sat on a hilltop. The wind seemed not only to blow the grasses but also the sunlight itself, sweeping it into my skin, a warm jangle. I was having some downtime in a high place. Having slowed, I could see...

Harvey Spak is a former Oblate Scholastic who studied in Lebret until 1966 when the Scholasticat du Sacré-Coeur moved from Lebret to St. Norbert. He discontinued with the Oblates after one year in St. Norbert. Afterwards, Harvey explored his roots as a Catholic of the...

I started experiencing my first pandemic in March 2020. While serving seven years in refugee camps and poor countries of the Global South, I never personally knew the ravages of malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, or Ebola. My family was never faced with the frustrating reality of...

Catholics are getting ready to play a role in the post-COVID look at what went wrong in long-term care, but that response is divided between a walk-softly approach and others demanding radical change. Canada has had more than 5,800 long-term care homes hit with COVID-19 outbreaks...

Prayer is a 'fight' with God, pope says at audience VATICAN CITY — True prayer is a "fight" with God in which those who think they are strong are humbled and faced with the reality of their own mortal condition, Pope Francis said. The story of Jacob wrestling...

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...

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...

And he came to her and said, 'Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you. 'But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  (Lk 1:28-29) Pondering In the world of separation and divorce, one is greeted by much...

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...

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_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...

Pictured left: Barry Bussey, director legal affairs at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, left, and Alissa Golob, executive director of pro-life organization It Starts Right Now, have reservations about the attestation. OTTAWA – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is welcoming the revisions to the Canada...

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...