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Quote of the day

Work for the sanctification of others.

St. Eugene de Mazenod

Reflection of the day

September 28

“What is Oblate Spirituality?  Charity! Charity! Love! Love! Charity and love fill the pages of the life of the Founder and of the Rules which he has given us as a guide for our lives and our apostolate. We could make many distinctions, but Oblate spirituality means love!”

Leo Deschâtelets OMI

Weekly anecdote

The Great Provider of the missions


In Mackenzie, during the first half of the 20th Century, one Oblate, who was noted for his curly beard, colorful language, and numerous initiatives, left a lasting impression on the Amerindians as well as on the white settlers. Gabriel Breynat, who was called the “flying bishop” was born at Saint-Vallier, south of Lyon, on October 6, 1867. He became an Oblate and was later ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Emile Grouard, in February, 1892. Two months later he boarded with the Bishop for the missions of the Canadian Northwest. Barely had he arrived among the “Mangeurs-de-Caribous” (Caribou Eaters) at Fond-du-Lac, by the shore of Athabaska Lake, when a letter from France brought news of his father’s death, followed soon by another letter announcing the deaths of his mother and sister. The Amerindians of the mission, on learning of the sorrows that afflicted their missionary, came to him and said: “Well, now that you are an orphan, you will love us all the more, for we will be as a father and mother to you! Please stop the water in your eyes.” (more…)

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Weekly photograph

(Chaclacayo, Lima) The Oblates of the OMI delegation of Peru. Deacon John Kuks Sampa, OMI from Zambia recently joined them to have a missionary experience. Peru is the only delegation of the Congregation that functions directly under the purview of the General Administration.


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