January 17th, 2017
With praise and thanksgiving to God for grace upon grace we have received in celebrating our 200th anniversary as a missionary society founded on January 25, 1816, I officially declare the closing of our Oblate Triennium on January 25, 2017.
December 22nd, 2016
When looking back over 150 years of St. Albert history, one name looms over it all: Father Albert Lacombe. As the founder of this community, he pops up again and again in The Black Robe’s Vision, and has left his mark all over town.
December 22nd, 2016
WINNIPEG — A celebration of indigenous culture and faith was on display at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Aboriginal Catholic Church in Winnipeg recently, with a wide-ranging look at how native ways of life relate to the teachings of Pope Francis.
December 1st, 2016
In this year of the bi-centennial of the founding of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the members of OMI Lacombe Canada celebrate a centennial of one of their own. Fr. Albert Lacombe, who died in 1916, served as a model for missionaries to both the indigenous people and settlers of Western Canada. (When the five Oblate provinces of Western Canada became one province 13 years ago, they chose as their name “OMI Lacombe Canada”.)
October 28th, 2016
October 2, 2016 will likely be a day that Father Jim Holland, parish priest at Edmonton-based Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, will never forget.
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.