May 20th, 2016
I read an article in the National Catholic Reporter following the announcement by Pope Francis that he would be appointing a commission to study the question of ordaining women as deacons. This excerpt caught my eye.
May 2nd, 2016
What we cease to celebrate we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. We have a proud history, 200 years now, of ministering to the poor around the world. This merits celebrating.
May 20th, 2016
In September, 2015, the Kenya Mission hit the start button on a new Mission Residence just south of Nairobi in the Massia region of Kenya. The location is known as Hawa (pronounced How-Wa) and is in our new parish of Kisaju, and is an Oblate owned block of 2.4acres. Since mid-2013 the pastoral team have rented a cramped house in Kitengela, 20km from the parish, for the princely sum of $600 per month (plus extra fuel/maintenance costing about $300).
May 12th, 2016
Knowing that it was our last full day on pilgrimage added a certain poignancy to the day. We were looking forward to a celebratory evening dinner but also wanted to mark the end of our stay in an appropriately prayerful and meaningful way. Father Bonga certainly arranged for that to happen as he led us through a day filled with evocative activities, rituals and prayers.
May 3rd, 2016
Oblate of Mary Immaculate Father Ronald Rolheiser, author, columnist, retreat leader, and president of the Oblate School of Theology will receive the 2016 National Federation of Priests’ Councils Touchstone award.
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.