Two Celebrations of Prayer and Communion at the Conclusion of the Anniversary of the Congregation’s Foundation
January 19th, 2017
It was in 1866, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of foundation, that January 25th was first celebrated as the date of the beginning of the Congregation. In his Circular Letter No. 15 (March 19, 1865) Father Fabre invited all Oblates to solemnly celebrate the anniversary of the foundation on that day: “That day ought not go unnoticed, and I consider it a duty to call your attention to such a solemn anniversary, so that your hearts may be filled with gratitude to God and affection for our beloved Congregation.” Ever since, January 25 has become the day when Oblates celebrate the birth of their Congregation. We should call this day more properly: the beginning of community life.
The Builder of Peace
December 22nd, 2016
When looking back over 150 years of St. Albert history, one name looms over it all: Father Albert Lacombe. As the founder of this community, he pops up again and again in The Black Robe’s Vision, and has left his mark all over town.
December 13th, 2016
To remember is to keep someone or something alive in our hearts. It is to intentionally bring an awareness of the person or the event, and to honour the memory in some way.
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.
Outreach to the insecure
October 28th, 2016
So far my journey has taken me across Western Canada, in the most isolated communities of the far North and recently, the Southern United States: New Orleans. Now heading Northeast, I have arrived in Hamilton, ON. There are many things that make these places different from each other, but much more important are common concerns across the board.
Recognizing the Extraordinary
October 28th, 2016
Writing this article has been a little difficult for me – usually I sit before my computer and my fingers fly over keys, trying to keep up with the thoughts and words exploding into my mind. I wanted to write something great and wonderful, something that would show off my writing skills and perhaps shed some light on my ‘true self’.
Are we there yet?
October 28th, 2016
The picture in the cartoon is of a family of three riding on camels through the middle of an empty desert. The caption reads, “Stop asking if we are there yet. We’re nomads for heaven’s sake.”
Through the Eyes of Missionary – VIDEO
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.
Reflections on Contemplation, Change and Mission
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.
Transformation in jail
September 1st, 2016
Brother Blaise MacQuarrie is a Canadian who has worked for many years in Chincha Alta, Peru. Here, he tells of his prison ministry.
Thoughts on Forgiveness
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.
A Special “Holy Door” in Korea
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.”
Icon of St. Eugene
July 20th, 2016
This beautiful icon of St. Eugene was made by Sr. Mary Park a member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Suwon, Korea. The Oblates in Korea have been offering saying mass at the sisters’ convent for a long time.
History of the Oblate Mission of Kenya 1997-2016 – PART 2
July 7th, 2016
Now, nineteen years later, one can easily drive to Kionyo over sealed asphalt roads and the parish comprises over 3,000 Catholics. Back then there were only a few hundred Catholics spread over 9 outstations (called prayer houses). There were no sealed roads and much of the parish was inaccessible by car during the rain seasons, in particular areas susceptible to landslides.
History of the Oblate Mission of Kenya 1997-2016 – PART 1
June 29th, 2016
In 1995 Bishop Silas Njeru (of Meru Diocese, Kenya) while passing through the General House in Rome requested the then Superior General, Fr. Marcello Zago to send Oblate missionaries to minister in the Diocese of Meru. He spoke of many needs but stressed that he wanted the Oblate Charism in his Diocese. Fr. Zago approached the Oblate Canadian Conference (back then comprising eight provinces) to respond to the call for ministry in Kenya.
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