August 18th, 2016
In our Christian faith, Jesus makes a point that we are to forgive not once but seven times seventy (Matthew 18:22). In the Lord’s Prayer we are to forgive others as we ourselves seek forgiveness. The call to be forgiving is a prominent theme in the Scriptures yet there is little on how to forgive.
August 4th, 2016
Having been challenged and encouraged repeatedly by that “dear old man” Pope Francis, we could not resist being drawn into his ideal world. “Leave your comfortable and lovely churches and go into the dirty and dangerous outskirts of humankind. Seek out the sinners, the rejected, the marginalized, the least ones in our society and bring them the mercy of God.”
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.
The focus of this gathering is to foster a dialogue between church leadership and Catholic Indigenous Elders on the topics of…
The General Chapter is the highest authority within the Oblate Congregation. It is meant to strengthen the bonds of unity of the whole Oblate world and…
Bringing into dialogue Native ways of Life and the teachings of Pope Francis about our Common Home
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.