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OMI Information 425
Oblates – Pioneer
missionaries in Alaska
first Catholic missionary incursions into the Alaskan mainland were
made by members of the religious congregation of the Missionary Oblates
of Mary Immaculate. The first Catholic priest to enter Alaska was
the 28 year-old Father Jean Seguin.
On Sept. 23, 1862, Fr. Seguin arrived at Fort Yukon – a
trading post, at the time, at the confluence of the Yukon and Porcupine
He dedicated his “mission” to his patron saint, St. John
the Evangelist. He spent a fruitless, humiliating winter there. The
chief trader at the post did not approve of Catholic activities;
and, while he shared his table with the Anglican minister, he relegated
the Oblate Father to the servants’ quarters for lodging and
meals. The humiliation meant nothing to Fr. Seguin personally, but
of this social snub on his relations with the Indians, who judged
by appearances, was damaging. He left Fort Yukon on June 3, 1863,
the summer of 1870, Fr. Emile Petitot spent some time at Fort Yukon.
He, too, met with little success in what was
by now Anglican
territory. It was in response to a call for priests made by Francois
Mercier – a devout French-Canadian Catholic trader from Montreal – that
the Oblates first entered Alaska. Mercier feared that Protestant
missionaries would soon take over the whole Yukon River country.
On Sept. 11, 1872, two years after Fr. Petitot had returned
to Canada, Oblate Bishop Isidore GLUT of the Athabaska-Mackenzie
by future Oblate Fr. Auguste Lecorre, set out from the mission
of Good Hope in Canada for Fort Yukon.
month later, on Oct. 13, and “extremely tired,” they
arrived at the fort, where they were cordially received by
its officers, most of whom were Catholic. The two spent the winter
they devoted most of their time to the study of the Native
language. Since the Indians had already been converted to the Anglican
Church, there was little missionary work for them to do.
May 15, 1873, the two left Fort Yukon, with St. Michael as
their ultimate destination. On May 20, they arrived at Nuklukayet,
Tanana, where they spent two weeks instructing Indians and
baptizing children. Bishop Glut reported “a great victory” there – the
baptism of the children of the two most powerful “chiefs,” plus
that of 26 other children.
At Nuklukayet Bishop Glut presided the first pontifical
Mass ever celebrated in Alaska. It was celebrated, according
to Mercier, “in the presence
of several hundred savages, come from everywhere to sell
me their furs. My house being too small to hold so many people,
this beautiful ceremony
took place in open air, in front of my house, on the bank
of the Youkon [sic], and produced a strong impression on the spirit
of the savages,
who had never seen anything so beautiful.”
tentative permanent mission
In the company of Mercier, and on his boat, Bishop Glut
and Fr. Lecorre, on June 4, left Nuklukayet for St. Michael.
way they baptized
116 children. On June 20, the party reached St. Michael.
Here the bishop spent two weeks. After studying the situation,
Michael would be an excellent place for the establishment
of a permanent mission in that part of Alaska. Two reasons
particular were in
St. Michael's favor as a headquarters for Catholic missionary
there were at the time neither Russian nor Protestant
ministers active in the area; and Mercier, as the newly
Alaska Commercial Company, would be making St. Michael
his center of operations. Leaving Fr. Lecorre in charge
on July 7, 1873, departed again upriver for Canada. He
was the first Catholic bishop to set foot in Alaska.
At the time
trip, he was Auxiliary Bishop to the Vicar Apostolic
Lecorre – at this time
still a diocesan priest – spent
the winter of 1873-74 at St. Michael. It is reasonably
assumed that while there, he made missionary excursions
to lower Yukon River and
Yukon Delta villages, as well as to Unalakleet. In
the summer of 1874, he received letters informing him
Alaska had been placed under
the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the bishop of Vancouver
Island, Charles J. Seghers, and directing him to choose
between serving as
a priest at the disposal of Bishop Seghers or returning
to his own mission. He chose the latter, and sailed
for San Francisco. Some time
later he joined the Oblates.
years later and today
Since the time of those early-day Oblate pioneer Alaskan
missionaries, other Oblates have served, in Alaska.
From February 1931 to
January 1932, Fr. Joseph Allard served as pastor
of Sacred Heart parish
in Seward. After that he worked with the Tlingit
Indian people of Sitka
and Hoonah. In the early 1960's, Fr. Henk Huijbers
out of Burwash Landing, Yukon Territory, Canada,
in Northway on
a regular basis. Over the years, other Oblate priests
have served in Alaska, mostly in the panhandle and
periods of time.
there are still Oblates in Alaska. Roger L. Schwietz has been Archbishop
of Anchorage since March
He is ably
assisted by his fellow Oblate, Bro. Craig Bonham.
Fr. Thomas Killeen is
of St. Joseph parish in Cordova, and Fr. Gerald
Brunet is pastor of
Holy Family parish in Glennallen, as well as Native
Ministry Director in Anchorage. Frs. Anthony Dummer
Blaney are serving
in the Diocese of Juneau. Fr. Dummer is pastor
of the St. Paul the Apostle
parish, Juneau; Fr. Blaney is pastor of the Skagway
and Haines parishes. (by Fr. Louis L. Renner, S.
J. for OMI
Clinica San Eugenio dedicated
30, 2003, was a “dream-come-true” day for Fr. Robert
Callahan. On that day, the Clinica San Eugenio was dedicated at the
La Morita “colonia” on the outskirts of Tijuana, BC,
Mexico. Fr. Bob was the founder of the San Eugenio Parish next
to the clinic. Now retired in nearby San Diego, he crossed the
border to preside at the festive Mass and dedication.
The three-story building houses a women's cooperative, a computer lab
and classrooms for English studies; a clinic, and a convent for the
Franciscan sisters who are in charge of the clinic. There are also
suites for visiting dentists and physicians.
The clinic is just one part of the Catholic Church's presence in the
densely populated area whose numbers swelled in the past 10 years with
the establishment of “maquiladoras.”
Maquiladoras” are manufacturing enterprises that have been set
up in border towns in Mexico by large companies, not only from North
America but also from other nations. The factories are moved from developed
nations into poorer ones where worker safety regulations are minimal,
pressure from unions is scarce, and wages are often exploitatively
low (sometimes less than a dollar per hour)..
La Morita is still very much a “shanty town”, with many
of the residents living in makeshift homes constructed from garage
doors and the walls of mobile homes. Most of the streets are unpaved.
When torrential rains come, just getting across the street is a major
Currently four Oblates live in the parish center begun by Fr. Bob:
Fr. Paul Wilhelm is the pastor. He is ably assisted by fellow Oblates,
Fr. Daniel Crahen, Fr. John Curran, and Bro. Peter Vasquez. There are
also several communities of Sisters who work closely with the Oblates
in the various parish ministries that include a number of “outpost” chapels.
Funding for the new clinic came from generous sources on both sides
of the US-Mexican border.
Fr. Canfora – R.I.P.
close to twenty years, Fr. Giovanni CANFORA was the Italian language
translator for the OMI Information Service. He died August 13 in
Tortorici, his hometown, where he had gone to get away from the sultry
Roman air of the hottest summer in two hundred years. He suffered
from respiratory problems.
Anatole BAILLARGEON, a past director of the Information Service, describes
well the 83 year old Oblate: “He
was kindness and courtesy itself. I also marveled at his facility
and knowledge of languages,
plus a facility in translating, from text in front of him directly
to the page in his typewriter (before he had a computer). I never
saw the likes of it before. He very rarely resorted to a dictionary.” While
pastor, superior and then bursar at the Oblate parish in Rome, Fr.
Canfora was always on time with his translations. Two years ago he
had to give up translation due to bad eyesight.
work was not, however, his main ministry and service to the Congregation
Church. As a scholastic he attended the
Institute in Rome and got his licentiate in Sacred Scripture shortly
after ordination. He was immediately assigned to teach Scripture
at the theological seminary in San Giorgio Canavese (Torino). He
the staff for twenty-three years. Word of his enthusiasm and love
for the Word of God soon spread beyond the seminary walls. In the
he was asked to present the Bible to the readers of a Catholic
weekly, the Famiglia Cristiana: one page a week from Genesis
to the Apocalypse. A local artist was engaged to illustrate the page.
His page was
great success and the magazine soon surpassed 1 million copies
a week. The
Edizioni Paoline (Paulist Press) collected all the articles and
published them in a two volume work entitled “The Illustrated Bible.”
Canfora was a member of the Italian Biblical Association, an organization
of Scripture teachers in seminaries and theological
faculties. He served
as its president for sixteen years, 1962 to 1978. They were intense
years organizing summer courses, weekends for priests and religious
men and women, writing articles, editing many of the Association’s
publications – and all the while continuing to teach at the
Oblate scholasticate. His was an outstanding contribution to the
renewal in Italy after the Second Vatican Council. (From Missioni
Mission to Secularity
Anglo-Irish Province has been invited by the General Administration
to host a new initiative in mission and evangelizing in western secular
society. This is a pilot project involving an international community
of four Oblates, missioned explicitly to those who are out of touch
with the Christian message.
There was a keen awareness during the 1998 General Chapter
that perhaps the most important, and difficult, mission field in
the world today
is not, as in former times, the mission in the developing world,
but in the Western world where secularity is greying and emptying
and making it ever more difficult to pass the faith on to our children.
How to be missionaries within secularity? Last year the General Administration
held two international symposia to reflect on that question. A need
was felt to seek new ways, new imaginative models, for entering the
culture of secularity as missionaries, as evangelizers called by
Christ and our Founder to walk with those who, for whatever
reason, are unable
to hear the Gospel.
was born the idea of starting a number of “pilot-projects” whereby
a team of four Oblates drawn from various countries would be sent
into various cities in the Western world to try to minister in
a way that
is more deliberate in terms of being missionary, i.e. of building
Church anew, of going beyond the maintenance of existing ecclesial
This mission will seek to be missionary in all its life
and ministry – its
prayer life, community life, preaching, pastoral practice, sacramental
ministry, hospitality, relationship to the local and universal
Church, and in its theological reflection. While seeking to maintain
ecclesial and sacramental life of the faithful, the mission will
try to reach out in new ways to the unchurched, the indifferent, the
those of other faiths, and to those who, while practising their
faith, are struggling to pass it on to their children.
The city of London has been chosen for the first project.
Three of the team members have already been chosen: Fr. Leo PHILOMIN
Province), Fr. John STAAK (U.S.A.) currently attached to the
Zambia mission, and Kenneth THORSON (St. Mary’s, Canada).
The fourth member, a brother, is expected to be appointed soon.
For the first
few months they will use Sacred Heart Church in Kilburn (London)
as their base while evaluating possible locations and making
contacts before setting up the mission.
Fr. Staak, writing for the Zambia Delegation newsletter
says that preparation for the mission will extend over one year,
first phase, which basically runs to the end of December,
consists of making a site selection for the new pilot mission
followed by initial contacts in that area with various people,
groups and institutions. The second phase will be the De
in Aix-en-Provence which will run until the end of March.
The third phase will involve some months of missiological
reflection for the
members of the team.”
awaiting the appointment of the fourth member, the team which has
in London has begun discussing
to use in selecting a site, and drawing up a first draft
of a working covenant between the entities involved in
mission. (From Zambia Delegation Brief and Anglo-Irish Provincial Council “Community
A missionary presence at Aix
year in July the city of Aix-en-Provence hosts a month-long Festival
of Lyric Art – a music festival. In ordinary times the beautiful
city attracts many tourists, even more during its summer festival.
This year the Oblates in Aix wanted to offer a missionary presence.
The Church of the Mission, or the “Oblates’ Chapel” as
it is known to the locals, is located at a prominent place in the
heart of the city at the top of the Cours Mirabeau. An ideal place
for an exhibition. But Vincent GRUBER, Duc Huu PHAN and Benoît
DOSQUET wanted something that was both missionary as well as artistic
and cultural. A second objective was to provide some young people
with an opportunity to discover the Oblates and their Founder through
a relational, spiritual and artistic experience.
young adults were invited to join the project, two teachers – one
from Lyons and the other from Versailles – and three university
students from Aix. They lived with Vincent, Duc and Benôit
and the Oblate community in the old Carmelite monastery on the Cours
nine days. The first days were a time of “sensorial immersion”:
a look at Aix and its people through the eyes of Eugene de Mazenod
and the eyes of Christ the Saviour, as Eugene did. The participants
were invited to use all five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch
and taste. In a second step they were asked to share their impressions
expressing them with four or five key words. Next they were given
selection of texts from the Scriptures and the writings of St. Eugene.
Each person was to choose one text that best described their key
words, meditate on it and prepare a concrete expression of the faith
and values they wanted to share with the festival-goers and tourists
end result was a fine exhibition of sound, light, paintings, panels
with texts, a short play, a Power Point presentation of photos
images of Aix, and even a basket of bite-sized pieces of local
bread to taste. The exhibits were artistically laid out in the nave,
chapels and choir of the Mission Church. Two quiet areas were also
reserved for prayer and adoration. The music and beautiful light
filtering through the church doors that were open from 4 o’clock
in the afternoon until 1 a.m. attracted about 1200 visitors during
days the exhibition was open.
“An unexpected moment that was human, spiritual, lively – an excellent
initiative!” This one comment is typical of the many positive
written impressions left by the visitors. Fr. Maxime Chaigne and
the community look forward to hosting another group of young people
A wedding in Aix
Church of the Mission near the top of Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence,
is a very busy place at times. Daily activities normally begin with
7 o’clock Mass, the earliest Mass in the city, and visitors
continue to drop in for a moments prayer, Reconciliation, or just
out of mere curiosity, until about eleven o’clock at night.
since this is not a parish church, we rarely if ever have a wedding.
The exception was Saturday, September 20 when the happy
couple were Nicolas Schwarz and Karen Deffis. That was a society
wedding by any standards. Karine is the granddaughter of Viscount
and Nicolas is the grandson of Meniolle D’Hauthauille who was
the grandson of Eugenie De Mazenod, sister of Saint Eugene. Eugenie’s
married name was de Boisgelin.
wanted to have his wedding in the church where his great grand uncle
founded the Missionaries
of Provence, later to become
Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He is himself an active member of the
Catholic youth movement in Aix and for two years he worked as a
the offices of the youth section of the Pontifical Council for
the Laity, preparing the youth Pilgrimage to Rome which took place
the Jubilee Year 2000.
wedding, which was held at three o’clock
in the afternoon, attracted considerable attention from the passers
by in the Cours Mirabeau,
and well it might. Not even the Queen’s and ladies’ day
at the Ascot race meeting in England would have had the variety
and colorfulness of the ladies’ headdress as three hundred
invited guests crowded into the church which seems quite full
with its normal
quota of one hundred and eighty. The main celebrant of the wedding
Mass was Monsignor Renato Boccardo, assistant pontifical Master
of Ceremonies and one of Nicolas’ colleagues during his
years in Rome. The local Superior, Fr. Maxime Chaigne, OMI, was
Nicolas’ name is German he is proud
of his Aix and de Mazenod background. In fact his paternal grandparents
add an international
touch to the family. They are a blend of Scottish, Irish, German
and French. (Submitted by Edward CAROLAN)
Patrimony Day in Aix
people of Aix are very conscious of their history and are proud of
their city which, in many ways is a palimpsest of former centuries,
only partly hidden beneath the modern facades of some of its buildings.
Heritage Sunday is, of course, a national, if not an international
annual event. All older buildings are open to the public and both
residents and visitors take advantage of the occasion to see the
inner parts of buildings which are normally private.
year the special day in Aix was Sunday, September 21. The former
convent where Saint Eugene de Mazenod gathered his youth
movement and later the first members of his missionaries was open
to the public on that day. Luckily, there were seven French speaking
who are following the De Mazenod Experience to help the local community
receive the visitors. At least two thousand people streamed into
the church and the cloister in the course of the afternoon.
locals marvelled at the newly restored cloister which they were seeing
the first time. A special leaflet giving the history of
the building and its present-day usage had been prepared in French
and English. There were few English speaking visitors but the printing
press was busy producing further copies in French to satisfy the
curiosity of the local population. A local advertising poster for
media, on the Cours Mirabeau says that “Curiosity is the most
likeable of the vices”. In this case it may very well be so.
(Submitted by Edward CAROLAN)
and the Oblates (5)
The first foreign pilgrimage
the very start, foreigners came to Lourdes. The ex-votos covering
the walls of the Crypt bear witness to the fact. But it was not until
1883 that the first foreign national pilgrimage came to pray at the
Grotto. Yes, it was organized by Oblates!
May 21 to 24, 1883: the English pilgrimage
by Fr. John KING, the Oblate Provincial of England at the time, 300
English pilgrims, all of them men, among whom was the Duke of Norfolk,
arrived in Lourdes on May 21, 1883. They came from all the parts
the British empire: England, Scotland, Ireland and even the Indies.
This initiative was remarkably prepared over a period of several
years by Oblates of the Anglo-Irish Province. They circulated in all
Catholic parishes a roll on which the faithful wrote their prayer
intentions. Several meters long, it carries the prayers from some 100,000
It was deposited on the altar of the Grotto during the pilgrimage.
roll was discovered by Fr. Bernard DULLIER on a shelf in the shrine
chaplains’ library. It is 8.20 meters long and was found
in a metallic tube which fortunately saved it from being ruined
It is now preserved in the shrine archives.
25 to 27, 1886: the 2nd English pilgrimage
Before its departure, it received the blessing of the
cardinal of Westminster, May 23, in the chapel of Oblates. It was also
led by Fr. John KING.
Fr. Lawrence FOX, was the preacher.
The Anglo-Irish Province has continued the tradition annually for
most of the past 117 years. The Provincial usually accompanies
As usual another large pilgrimage journeyed to Lourdes this year in
September. While statistics are not yet available, last year’s group numbered
more than 900 from many different parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
True to tradition it was lead by Fr. Thomas MURPHY, Provincial. The Missionary
Association of Mary Immaculate is responsible for organizing these groups.
The association’s mission magazine, the Oblate Missionary Record
and Lourdes Messenger, keeps contact with present and past pilgrims.
A new mission
year in May the General Administration approved the opening of a
new mission in Guinea-Bissau. It is confided to the Oblates in Senegal,
a Delegation of the Italian Province. The mission will be in Farim,
70 kilometers across the border from the Oblate mission in Temento
(Senegal). The three member team has been appointed and begun preparing
for this new mission. In August, mission Superior Celso CORBIOLI
and Bro. Bernard KALING, a fourth year theologian who will do his
regency in Farim, attended a month-long “missionary integration” course
in Bissau. Fr. Carlo ANDOLFI, the third team member, was in Lisbon
studying Portuguese. That is the official language of the former
Portuguese colony. Creole and some African languages are also used.
priests and sisters attended the course which was held at the major
seminary. The rector of the seminary gave lessons in the Creole
language in the morning, while the afternoons were taken up with lectures
on the religious, social, political, economic and other aspects of
the country. Experts like the Minister for Education, the Minister
an army commander, doctors and others gave the lectures. Fr. Corbioli
says that these lectures brought the participants face to face with
the crude reality of the country which is still recovering from several
of civil war.
notes that Guinea-Bissau is among the ten poorest countries in the
world. Government employees have not received their salaries
or eight months, meaning that educational, medical and other important
structures do not function. The Church is seen by Christians and
non-Christians alike as an anchor of salvation, even though it cannot
the government. Some services do however function well, and even
better than in Europe. The missionaries were able to obtain residency
and driver’s licenses in only a week. (In Italy several months
are needed to get a residency permit!)
two missionaries spent a weekend in their future mission in Farim,
120 km distant from Bissau.
The journey is over a road that was paved
during the colonial period and not touched since. Potholes and
detours make it a long and arduous trek. The road ends abruptly at
river just across from Farim. It is possible to cross over in a
by motorboat. There is also a ferry that can carry one car at a
time, but no trucks.
trip was organized by people from the diocesan Caritas office who
were going to Farim for a meeting with civil authorities.
Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, representatives of the traditional
religions present. All were united in wanting to do something
for Farim, the governor’s
seat of the former colonial government. The city itself is predominantly
Muslim. At the Sunday Mass there was a small group of Christians
that did not even fill the small Church. The missionaries were
told that the
relations between the religious groups were good, as long as
politics did not get involved. The Oblates plan to move in by mid-October.
was a military coup in September. The leader seems to have
been the army officer who addressed the missionary integration
August! The postponement for the fourth time of parliamentary
for October 12th seems to have provoked this move by the military.
Provisional Government led by the military intends to hold the
elections as planned. An e-mail from Fr. Celso indicated
is calm. The
Bishop of Bissau, José Camnate, has even been appointed
president of the election committee.
The life of St. Eugene on CD
with St. Eugene de Mazenod” is the title a of CD-Rom developed
by Fr. Harry DYER. He was helped in this two year project by Donna
Castelli and Kaye Beston, both Religious Education Co-ordinators
at Oblate parishes. The idea of making a CD came out of the desire
to share the life of St. Eugene with others in a more accessible
format. Books on St. Eugene have proved too cumbersome and difficult
for the primary level children in Oblate schools.
attending the De Mazenod Experience in Aix-en-Province, Fr. Harry
his gathered photos and information into a series of presentations
that were displayed on a monthly basis in the church while he was
at Burpengary. Parishioners were able to read and view this information
at their leisure, coming to a better understanding of the person
Eugene de Mazenod, while taking a journey through his life.
presentations were considered an ideal way to communicate the life
of St. Eugene and so the idea of the CD-Rom for greater accessibility
through an enjoyable and up to date format was decided upon. The
CD-Rom brings together many areas of the life of St. Eugene and
Oblates of Mary Immaculate founded by him. (From Cosmic).
The Hope of Rural Folks
find it difficult to survive on their own because they lack the financial
resources for the upkeep of their farm. The Community Employees,
Laborers, and Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CELFAMCO) in Poblacion
Kulaman, Senator Ninoy Aquino Municipality, Sultan Kudarat Province
(Mindanao) strives to help the rural folks stand on their own amid
the high cost of agricultural implements and unaffordable interest
CELFAMCO realized its aim of financially assisting the farmers in
the mountain-town of Sen. Ninoy Aquino through agricultural
Corn seeds, fertilizers and herbicides were made available at very
low prices. The program helps the farmers improve the quality of
their life. With the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment
for Region XII, the Cooperative was enabled to serve the people of
the town by providing agricultural loans.
CELFAMCO Grocery stocks low-cost items ranging from basic commodities
like sugar, rice, and
canned goods to soft drinks and fresh fish
from the neighboring Lebak municipality. Its trucking service accommodates
members and non-members alike who need lower fees to transport
their agricultural products. The trading operation offers the farmers
buying rates for their coffee and corn harvests.
chairperson of the new Board of Directors, Fr. Rogelio CAALIM, is
by the cooperative manager, Fr. Jaime del Rosario,
the treasurer Fr. Howard Tatel. Five active lay leaders complete
the new Board.
CELFAMCO was begun as an ordinary self-help association around 1981
by Fr. Richard Weixelman, assisted by Bro.
This first attempt was not successful. It was later revived
by Fr. Rogelio
Tabuada, around 1984 and has continued up to the present. It
gained government recognition and has survived amidst toils
It even extended assistance to the indigenous people and the
farmers during the 1998 drought, by exchanging rice for their
the Cooperative assists the indigenous people and the farmers in
Senator Ninoy Aquino through the Sto. Nino
Rural Workers’ Association
(SNPRWA) and the Sewod Village Association of Parents of
Worker Children (SAMABAS). The SNPRWA focuses on learning
to educate the Manobos and the community on multi-cropping
and animal farming in the households. The Notre Dame of Kulaman
school also participates.
While the students learn their lessons, they also assist
the indigenous people in their farm care. The children and
parents take turns
in actually caring for the farm and the animals. The aim
of the program is for them to bring what they learn from
their own Manobo communities.
SAMABAS, on the other hand, focuses on the farmers of Sewod village.
It helps them through
low interest agricultural
with profits returning to their Association.
the help and support of the parish lay leaders at the barrio level,
CELFAMCO, SNPRWA and SAMABAS alleviate
the indigenous people and the rural folks of Senator
Ninoy Aquino. Members
and non-members alike benefit from the low prices of
the grocery goods and agricultural services available to all.
OMI in the OMI Philippines Newsletter).
BARIL Joseph (N.D.-du-Rosaire)
: Mes aurores boréales (My Northern Lights). Autobiography
in which the author describes what he calls “the traces of
God in his life,” during his fifty years as a missionary among
the Inuit in the Canadian Far North. Médiaspaul, Montreal,
2003, 174 pp.
FUMOLEAU René (Grandin)
: Denendeh : A Dene Celebration. Texts by past and present Dene Nation
chiefs explain the history
of the Dene. Photographs by Fr. Fumoleau, who lived among the Dene
for more than forty years, celebrate the lives and accomplishments
of one of Canada’s oldest aboriginal peoples. His photographs
have been exhibited at “Photo 77” in Ottawa, in other
parts of Canada and in Japan. Published by the Dene Nation, Yellowknife,
Denendeh, N.W.T., 1984, 144 pp.
Huel Raymond J.A. : Archbishop
A.-A. Taché of St. Boniface:
the “Good Fight” and the Illusive Vision. A modern critical
biography of a remarkable figure in the history of western Canada
as well as the larger history of Canada. The author is Professor
of History at the University of Lethbridge. He was general editor
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Canadian North West” series.
The University of Alberta Press and Western Canadian Publishers,
Edmonton, 2003, 429 pp.
ettÉ Fernand :
Escritos Oblatos (Oblate Writings) Spanish translation of conferences,
letters and homilies by Fr. Jetté during
the period 1984 to 1986. The volume also includes a reprinting
Spanish translations of Cartas a los Oblatos… (Letters
to the Oblates) and El Misionero Oblato… (The Missionary
Oblate) which will soon be out of print. Asunción (Paraguay),
2003, 430 pp.
Kelly Carl (St. Peter’s)
: The Oblates of Saint Peter’s
Province in Nova Scotia 1948 – 2003. A brief history
of the Oblate presence in Nova Scotia. Private printing, 2003,
LavallÉe Guy (Manitoba)
: The Metis of St. Laurent, Manitoba: Their Life and Stories
The author shares
some of the history
of his hometown – the unique Metis community of St.
Laurent, Manitoba. It is like a community biography, steeped
Oral Tradition, that elucidates the history of a community
that has struggled to retain
its Metis identity and the Michif-French language – the
language of Louis Riel and the other Metis founders of Manitoba.
the author, Winnipeg (Manitoba), 2003, 171pp
LE TRESTE Joseph
(1861-1955) : Souvenirs d’un missionnaire
Breton dans le Nord-Ouest canadien. (Memoirs of a Breton
Missionary in the
Canadian Northwest). Edited and commented by Juliette Champagne,
a doctoral student in history at Laval University. Septentrion,
(Quebec), 1997, 332 pp.
McCarthy Martha : The
Missions of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to the Athapaskans 1846-1870:
Theory, Structure and Method.
Typewritten manuscript of doctoral thesis. Department
Manitoba, 1981, 402 pp.
MERCADO Eliseo R., Jr.
(Philippines) and Margie Moran Floirendo : Mindanao on the Mend.
This book chronicles
men and women who have risked their lives in the war-scarred
heartland of Central Mindanao. Ryan Anson’s stunning
photographs illuminate both the heartbreak and the
hope of the three peoples
of Mindanao (Muslims,
Lumads and Christians) as they struggle to build a
firm foundation for lasting peace in their communities.
and Davao, 2003, 136 pp.
QUATRA Miguel Marcelo
(Venezuela) : At the Side of the Multitudes: The Kingdom of God
and the Mission
Church in the FABC
Documents. English translation of the doctoral thesis
published earlier in
Italian under the title Regno di Dio e missione della
Chiesa nel contesto
asiatico. (cf. OMI Info #371/1998). Claretian Publications,
Quezon City, Philippines,
2000, 234 pp.
Rostkowski Marek (General
House) : Bibliographia Missionaria Vol. LXVI = 2002. This 66th volume
the series contains
entries of books, articles concerning the missions.
It also includes 44 book reviews and 50 pages of
and subject matters. Pontifical Urbaniana University,
Vatican City, 2003,
SILVA Roshan J. (Colombo)
: Integral Formation of Future Oblates of Mary Immaculate in
Realities of Sri
Lanka. A paper
submitted to the Institute of Spirituality of
the Gregorian University for the licentiate in Spiritual
After a review of the
history of Oblate presence past and present and
formation programs, the
paper looks at the twenty years of civil war
and the resulting changes in society. The final chapters
train candidates to
face the demands and needs of a new situation.
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 2003,
STANG Egbert (St. Mary’s) : Treasuring
Daily Bible Readings. Reflections on the daily readings
published on the occasion of the author’s golden jubilee of ordination.
Marian Press, 2003, 506 pp.
STRYCZEK Ludwik (Cameroon)
: Historique et développement de
la Mission Catholique de Tcholliré.
(History and Development of the Catholic Mission
A history of this mission, in what is known
today as the Mayo-Rey district, based on the
diaries and other documents of the missionaries
who served there from
1956 to 2000. Private printing. Tcholliré and
Paris, 2003, 107 pp.
VYSHKOVSKYY Pavlo (Ukraine)
: La vita religiosa e spirituale dei
cattolici di rito latino in
Ucraina prima e durante
(The Religious and Spiritual Life of Latin
in the Ukraine before and during the Communist
the Faculty of Theology and the Institute
of Spirituality of the Teresianum for the licentiate
The first chapter
of piety, spirituality and holiness in the
Ukraine. The next two chapters present the
experienced, and how the faithful continued
to live their faith despite the oppression.
|Anniversaries - November 2003
|50 Years of Religious Profession
|25 Years of Priesthood
|Fr. Luis Romero
|Fr. Peter Stoll
Suffrages for our
|| (N· 71-75)
Augustin Le Ray (France) in Pontmain
||+ 03 September 2003
|Fr. John Busch (U.S.Province) in
||+ 04 September 2003
|Fr. José Bulber (Paraguay) in
||+ 08 September 2003
|Fr. Patrick O’Dwyer
(Australia) in Dandenong
|| + 17 September 2003
|Fr. Marcel Quirion (St-Joseph) in
||+ 21 September 2003
| "We will keep alive the memory of our deceased
and not fail to pray for them, faithfully offering the suffrages prescribed
on their behalf." (Const. 43)
Prayer for the Forthcoming Chapter
Through St. Eugene you have called us to be your co-operators.
You have entrusted us with the mission of proclaiming your Gospel,
to the poor and the most abandoned,
to the least touched by the regular ministry of the Church.
our Congregation prepares for the General Chapter,
we ask for the gift of your Spirit on every Oblate.
the Chapter be a moment of truthful evaluation,
leading to a renewed sense of our mission;
a time to renew ourselves
in a religious and community life centered on you;
an opportunity to commit ourselves with a new daring,
to the needs of the world, for which you gave your life.
us become channels of your immense hope
in a world thirsting for the Spirit,
longing for justice, peace and love.
ask this of you
through the intercession of Mary our Mother
and of Saint Eugene de Mazenod.
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