Reflecting Faith – Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Reflecting Faith



Roberto Durette, a life of struggle

March 10th, 2017

That’s where you will find Roberto Durette, an unknown among those who live in the cities. However, he is the best one of all after a half-century dedicated to the miners and the indigenous of the historic region of Catavi-Siglo XX-Llallagua, Province of Bustillos, Potosi.

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The Story of the Oblate Martyrs of Laos

March 10th, 2017

Laos presents to Christianity its “Witnesses of the Faith in the 20th century,” 17 men who died as martyrs between 1954 and 1970: a young Laotian priest, 5 priests of the Foreign Missions of Paris, 6 Oblates of Mary Immaculate—an Italian and 5 French, 5 Laotian laymen. The beatification ceremony for all 17 Martyrs of Laos (including six Oblates of Mary Immaculate) took place in the city of Vientiane, Laos, on 11 December 2016. The Holy Father’s personal representative at the ceremony was His Eminence, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato in the Philippines.

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TURKMENISTAN: Three Priests in the Turkmenistan Desert

March 7th, 2017

Being a minority doesn’t mean you can’t proclaim Christ. In order to do it, what is important is to live the day-to-day life of the local people, the buildings can wait (there aren’t any permissions to build churches here).

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Pastoral Care for Prisoners, Post Prison by Fr. Fidele Munkiele, OMI

March 7th, 2017

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are involved in Prison ministry in Kenya, through the active ministry of Fr Fidele, at Langatta Women’s Prison, Nairobi (Maximum Security and the Remand Prison). This is usually done each Sunday. It is a faith-filled response to one of our signature Oblate expressions: evangelizare pauperibus misit me. Latin for: he sent me to evangelize the poor (the most abandoned). But the understanding follows that: we evangelize the poor, and the poor evangelize us.

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Two Celebrations of Prayer and Communion at the Conclusion of the Anniversary of the Congregation’s Foundation

January 19th, 2017

February 11, 1816, fifteen days after the birth of the community, the Missionaries of Provence began their first joint mission in Grans. They came together to be missionaries.

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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.

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Letter of the Superior General for the closing of the Oblate Triennium

January 17th, 2017

With praise and thanksgiving to God for grace upon grace we have received in celebrating our 200th anniversary as a missionary society founded on January 25, 1816, I officially declare the closing of our Oblate Triennium on January 25, 2017.

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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.

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Remembering!

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.

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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

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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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.

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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’.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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175th Anniversary of the Arrival in Canada of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

September 2nd, 2016

hat a joy; what an honour for me – “un Oblat Protestant” – to be given the distinct honour of presiding at this Mass which marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to Canada – right here in Mont St. Hilaire, Québec! Thank you to Father Luc Tardif, Provincial of Province Notre-Dame-du-Cap for this privilege!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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