Reflecting Faith – Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Reflecting Faith



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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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.

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History of the Oblate Mission of Kenya 1997-2016 – PART 3

July 13th, 2016

Kisaju Parish: Over a 19 year history, 26 Oblates served in Kenya. Some have come and gone over the years while 12 Oblates currently minister in Kenya. As a result of the increased number of Oblates, responsibility of a new parish was accepted.

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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.

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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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