Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

"For us, the first rule is Jesus Christ" - St Eugene

"We are called to live in the light" - Ron Rolheiser OMI

"With the eyes of Christ" - 1998 General Chapter

"We choose community" - 1992 General Chapter

"They must strive to be saints" - St Eugene



Through the Eyes of Missionary – VIDEO

September 22nd, 2016

André Goussaert was formerly an Oblate of Mary Immaculate (OMI), and is now an Associate Oblate. As a member of the Oblates he worked in Canada’s North from 1956 to 1985. In 1966, Father Goussaert was named to the mission in Pelly Bay and after eight years he was sent to the mission in Cambridge Bay.

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Reflections on Contemplation, Change and Mission

Reflections on Contemplation, Change and Mission

September 21st, 2016

In their early sixties some friends who were looking for work after being laid off, pulled up roots and moved to a small town in a new province. A woman I know grieved the loss of her husband and then unexpectedly, but following the promptings of her heart, moved to a new city to explore a new relationship. A friend, advanced in years, made a choice to go back to school to study something that had long been of interest to him. In the gospel, a man born blind and having lived with his blindness for years suddenly stands up and asks Jesus to heal him that he might see. He called out to Jesus in spite of the insistent crowd, demanding his silence and his acceptance of his condition.

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CHAPTER NEWS

Chapter Update for September 29, 2016

September 29th, 2016

We began our day of retreat with Evening Prayer yesterday. Jim Bleakley, OMI, gave us a beautiful reflection on the theme of abandonment. The Oblate crucifix of St. Eugene was passed among each of us to hold as we prayed for his guidance as well as the inspiration of the Spirit in helping us choose leadership for the congregation for the next six years.

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General Chapter Update for September 28, 2016

September 29th, 2016

On Monday evening, Lou Studer, Fernando Velazquez and myself were able to visit a friend of the Oblates, Fr. Joao Vila-Cha, SJ, at the Gregorian University. Fr. Vila-Cha teaches philosophy at the Gregorian and has collaborated with the late Fr. George McLean, OMI. He has also been a guest of the Oblate community in Washington, DC, on a few occasions. We are pictured here in front of the Gregorian.

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OBLATE NEWS

The Martyrs of Laos

September 22nd, 2016

The Martyrs of Laos will be beatified by Pope Francis this Fall. In this series of two interviews Fr. Thomas Klosterkamp, OMI, the postulator for the Oblates, speaks to Vatican Radio about the martyrs and the process towards beatification and sainthood.

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An Eagle Feather… A Path to Reconciliation

August 17th, 2016

Several years ago I received an eagle feather – a sign of appreciation for my ministry at the prison. I was honored but troubled. The feather did not feel like it belonged to me. I brought my concerns to Harry Lafond (Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and Executive Director, Office of the Treaty Commissioner). Harry received me graciously and explained, “You are the carrier of the feather. One day you will meet someone and you will know that it is their feather.”

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North American Conference of Oblate Retreat and Renewal Centers

June 16th, 2016

From May 29th to June 1st of this year, the North American Conference of Oblate Retreat and Renewal Centers (NACORRC) held its 39th annual meeting, hosted this year at King’s House, Belleville, IL.

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22Oct

Care for Our Common Home as Long as the Rivers Flow

Symposium in Saskatoon, “Care for Our Common Home as Long as the Rivers Flow”
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29Oct

Ecology, the Current Economy and Laudato Si

Symposium in St. Albert, “Ecology, the Current Economy and Laudato Si”
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18Nov

Mining: We Must Continue to Talk

Symposium in Ottawa, “Mining: We Must Continue to Talk”
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OUR PEOPLE

Armelle and Louis Molin

Armelle and Louis Molin

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 Brioux, OMI

John Brioux, OMI

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.

Robert Filion, OMI

Robert Filion, OMI

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.