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.
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.
September 28th, 2016
Each day at the Chapter as part of our morning-prayer one of the capitulants offers a reflection on a certain theme. Today this was given by Fr. Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, an Oblate from Notre-Dame-Du-Cap Province, and the director of Our Lady of the Cape Shrine in Trois-Rivière.
September 27th, 2016
On Saturday, September 24th, we all gathered at the General House to celebrate the life of our brother Kennedy Katongo, OMI, 36 years of age, who died very unexpectedly on the first day of the Chapter, September 13, in Rome.
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.
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.”
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.
Symposium in Saskatoon, “Care for Our Common Home as Long as the Rivers Flow”
Symposium in St. Albert, “Ecology, the Current Economy and Laudato Si”
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.