Invitation to Fall in Love Again
May 16th, 2017
Falling in love – Something that I do often, with communities (such as my parish and of course the Oblates of Mary Immaculate), with life, and sometimes with particular things which will only add to my life and how I will live it. In this case the Constitutions and Rules of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, their “Rule of Life”.
April 25th, 2017
I have just finished a counselling session with a couple. I decided to take this opportunity to share a bit more about the ministry I am involved in. As well as teaching at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, I have a small practice where I see 3-6 couples on a weekly basis. I got involved in marriage counselling very early in my priesthood.
“It was time I withdrew.” – Eugene de Mazenod, Retreat Notes, May 1818
March 27th, 2017
As Oblates and Associates, I expect we all have our favorite ‘touchstone’ stories about Eugene. These are the stories which we tell ourselves over and over again as we connect to the Founder and his charism. The Good Friday conversion story, the Lenten sermon at the Madeleine, the Supplica, the death bed exhortation: these are some of the beloved stories which reveal to us something of the heart of Eugene while at the same time speaking to our own hearts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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