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 Eric Barrera
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Oblate Missionaries have a long and historical presence in the U.S., serving those in need and the most abandoned.

St. Eugene De Mazenod

In 1816, a young Frenchman, St. Eugene De Mazenod, O.M.I., founded the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, an order of priests and brothers dedicated to serving the poor and sharing the message of God’s love.

After 25 years of intense work in France, St. Eugene sent his first missionaries to Canada, shortly afterwards to Sri Lanka and South Africa.  This was the beginning of the Oblate epic that was to continue amid the ice of the North Pole and in the heat of the tropics, in regions that were Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, or Hindu.

In 1938, Pope Pius XI recognized the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as “Specialists in Difficult Missions.”  Today, there are more than 4,000 missionaries strong, serving the “Poorest of the Poor” in 68 countries.  Oblates serve in areas where people’s needs are greatest and where services of other religious communities may not be available. including Africa, the Arctic, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.  Active missionary work include missions in places like Haiti, Zambia, Tijuana, Mexico, and the Philippines among others.

We go where our work is most needed and where God calls us to preach the message of His love.

( Sources: OMI Archives,, )