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Kateri Symposium Celebrates Indigenous Culture

December 22nd, 2016

WINNIPEG — A celebration of indigenous culture and faith was on display at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Aboriginal Catholic Church in Winnipeg recently, with a wide-ranging look at how native ways of life relate to the teachings of Pope Francis.

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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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Election of General Councilors

October 4th, 2016

Fr. Paolo Archiati, OMI Re-Elected Vicar General

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Election of Assistants General

October 4th, 2016

A beautiful day in Rome welcomed the month of October. The capitulars were joined in prayer today by the scholastics in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

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Superior General Louis Lougen, OMI – Re-Elected

October 4th, 2016

After the 36th General Chapter had elected Fr. Louis LOUGEN on the first ballot to lead the Congregation for a second term, Fr. Luc TARDIF, the chairman of the Steering Committee, asked him if he is willing to accept the office. Fr. Lougen responded: “With God’s help and with the support and prayers of my brothers, I am.”

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Video on the Re-Election of Superior General Louis Lougen, OMI

October 4th, 2016

The Election of the OMI Superior General 2016

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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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General Chapter News – Day Eleven

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.

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Monte Semprevisa

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.

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Video: Excerpts from Fr. Freeborn Kibombwe’s Homily at the Funeral of Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI

September 26th, 2016

See excerpts from Fr. Freeborn’s Homily.

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General Chapter News – Day Ten

September 26th, 2016

At the General Chapter we are over one hundred Oblates, from all over the world – somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty countries… perhaps more. The youngest member of the Chapter is in his mid 30s and the senior member will soon reach 80. We are brothers and priests. Some are traditional and some progressive, though most of us would be quite moderate theologically. The differences and diversity among us are obvious. We are teachers and doctors, youth ministers and administrators. We are chaplains, pastors, formators and psychologists. There are even TV producers, and one Vatican diplomat.

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General Chapter News – Canada-US Region Presentation

September 23rd, 2016

In the first week of the Chapter each region of the Congregation made a presentation on the past, present and future mission and life of the region.

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General Chapter News – Day Nine

September 23rd, 2016

We began the ninth day of the Chapter at 8:45AM with prayer prepared by the Scholastics of India. This was followed by a Theological Reflection on Oblate Poverty given by Alberto Hauman, OMI, Provincial of Peru.

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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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General Chapter News – Day Eight

September 22nd, 2016

What a day! We have finished with the reports for the Chapter and have begun to organize ourselves into focus groups. These groups center on the Chapter’s theme of “Mission” and in the next week the capitulars will identify contemporary questions, problems, issues, and concerns effecting “Mission” from an Oblate perspective.

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General Chapter News – Day Seven

September 22nd, 2016

Today following our extended morning prayers we listened to the report presented by the Treasurer General on behalf of the Superior General. Fr. Mark Dessureault built his presentation on the following themes describing what has been accomplished between 2010 and this Chapter:

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General Chapter News – Day Six

September 22nd, 2016

Yesterday, Sunday, September 18th, we were offered the opportunity to take various excursions in the area of Rome. Some went to the catacombs, some walked around the city of Rome, some went to Subiaco, some to Assisi. All were back for the evening meal.

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