Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, on 8 January 2016, appointed National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in French speaking Canada for a five year term, Fr. Yoland OUELLET, a member of the Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate.


The new National Director was born at Grand Sault, NB, on 20 March 1959. He studied philosophy at the University of Moncton and theology at Laval University. He joined the religious community of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1984, and obtained a degree in theology at Saint Paul’s University Ottawa. He took his perpetual vows in 1988 and was ordained a priest on 24 June 1989. He has served as pilgrimage director at the Shrine of Notre Dame du Cap, parish priest in Montreal, then director of pastoral and rector of the Shrine of Notre Dame du Cap. He has made pilgrimages to different continents, taken part in major international church events and is particularly involved in preaching and new evangelization. (Fides News Agency)