Tuesday, March 15, 2016
On January 25th, 2016, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate celebrated their 200th anniversary. Founded by St. Eugene de Mazenod and a small group of priests, the congregation has since grown to almost 4,000 members working in almost 70 countries worldwide. The Missionary Oblates arrived in Canada 175 years ago and played a significant role in establishing the Canadian Church. To mark the anniversary, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Assumption Province held a Provincial Congress where members discussed future directions for their ministry and mission. The Congress hosted guest speakers, including Father Superior General Louis Lougen OMI, Jean Vanier, Gabriela Kasprzak, and Pawel Ratajczak OMI, among others. The celebration continued with a Jubilee Mass, where Thomas Cardinal Collins presided, attended by many distinguished guests. Throughout the year, events are taking place to celebrate the Missionary Oblates' ministry and mission, including a twelve-panel exhibit that will journey across Canada presenting the history of Missionary Oblates in the country.