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A Dream Finally Realized

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
A Dream Finally Realized

In 1978, Fr. Nicholapillai Arulnesan, O.M.I. bought 50 acres of land in Iyakachchi, Sri Lanka.  He had a dream of creating a goat farm that would benefit people in the community.  But because of civil war, Fr. Arulnesan never saw his dream realized before his death in 2006. Last year, th...

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The Oblate Charism at the Service of the Poor

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
The Oblate Charism at the Service of the Poor

            In September 2016, Fr. Kennedy Katongo, O.M.I. died of a heart attack at the Oblate General House in Rome.  He was just 36 years old.   A Native of Zambia, Fr. Kennedy was the Director of the Oblates international Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Of...

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Oblate Highlights: Superior General Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Superior General Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

As Superior General of the Missionary Oblates, Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI said God has written an important part of his job description: “The Spirit at work among us will do infinitely more than we can hope for or imagine.” (Eph. 3:20) Father Lougen is relying on the Spirit, and his brother...

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Oblate Ministries Growing in Madagascar, Fianarantsoa, and Antananarivo

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Ministries Growing in Madagascar, Fianarantsoa, and Antananarivo

Diana Prince is a longtime benefactor of the Missionary Oblates.  Occasionally she travels to Oblate missions to gain a firsthand understanding of how the Oblates are improving the lives of the world’s poor.  Here she reports from a recent trip to Madagascar.             I w...

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An Update from Fr. Nick Harding, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
An Update from Fr. Nick Harding, OMI

Fr. Nick Harding -a beloved Oblate who is known for doing work throughout Latin America- writes to the Missionary Oblates to give us a brief update about his current missionary assignment in Peru. I arrived in Peru in February.  I am assigned to the “sierra” part of Peru…...

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One Year Anniversary of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
One Year Anniversary of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Last year the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate joined the world in welcoming Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home.  In his second encyclical, Pope Francis captures the importance of caring for “our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us....

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On this Thanksgiving Day, we are Thankful for you…our Benefactors!

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
On this Thanksgiving Day, we are Thankful for you…our Benefactors!

We appreciate every single one of you that have made Oblate Missions possible. Please rest assured knowing you are helping the poor and most abandoned of the world in receiving the Good Word and also much-needed medicine, food, and a warm place to stay. Our friends and long-time supporters...

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Oblates Rebuilding in Haiti – Again

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblates Rebuilding in Haiti – Again

In 2010 an earthquake destroyed St. Anthony of Padoua Parish in Fond-Oies, Haiti.  Thirty parishioners were killed, and all of the buildings were reduced to rubble. For years worshippers used a makeshift building made with USAID tarpaulins on the side and sheet metal on top.  The parish ...

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Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz, OMI: Celebrating 50 Years of Oblate Ministry

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz, OMI: Celebrating 50 Years of Oblate Ministry

Over the past 50 years, there have been a lot of different titles in front of Roger Schwietz’s name – Father, Bishop, Coadjutor Archbishop, Archbishop and Archbishop Emeritus.  But there has been only one title behind his name during that time – O.M.I. (Oblate of Mary Immaculate). T...

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Oblate Highlights: Brother Cosmas Kithinji Kubai

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Brother Cosmas Kithinji Kubai

Oblate Scholastic Cosmas Kithinji Kubai has wanted to be a priest ever since he was a young boy.  In fact, his first career goal was to become a “small priest.” Cosmas grew up on a small farm in Meru, Kenya.  He loved going to Mass with his parents and siblings and was envious of the...

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