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



Living the Charism as a Retreat Centre

Living the Charism as a Retreat Centre

December 1st, 2016

The completion of the recent Renewing Our Life and Mission process and the closure of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with its 94 Calls to Action inspired us at the Star of the North to make an even greater effort to respond.

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Bishops’ decision on KAIROS a blow to social justice

Bishops' decision on KAIROS a blow to social justice

November 30th, 2016

The Oct. 12 announcement hit like a brick to the head: Canada’s Catholic bishops voted at their plenary meeting to end their participation in KAIROS, Canada’s largest faith-based social justice organization.

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OBLATE NEWS

Albert Lacombe, OMI – The Man of the Good Heart

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”.)

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Father Jim Holland honoured with a headdress ceremony

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.

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Pope Francis names an Oblate Cardinal

October 28th, 2016

On October 9, 2016, at the end of a Marian celebration for the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis named 17 new Cardinals. Among the four who are beyond the age of 80 is an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, Bishop Sebastian Koto KHOARAI, Bishop-emeritus of Mohale’s Hoeck in Lesotho.

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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.