Oblate presence: 1977-          Location: James Bay

In July 1967, the Apostolic Vicariate of James Bay became the Diocese of Moosonee. This local church, erected as an apostolic vicariate since December 3, 1938, received more official recognition. The map of the Diocese of Moosonee shows that the diocese’s territory is located in Ontario and Quebec, since the diocese includes both shores of James Bay. Only two parishes (Fort George and Rupert’s House) are in Quebec. The parish of Les Saints-Anges [Holy Angels], in Fort Albany, on the western side of James Bay, was founded in 1892.

Being part of the diocese is a value that is deeply rooted in the Oblates. This does not prevent them from being truly Oblates and from feeling a vital link with the Congregation. Appointments to the various functions in the diocese are in principle made in consultation between the bishop and the Provincial. In practice, the appointment process may be triggered at the local level in consultation with the bishop and the mission director.

Eugène Lapointe OMI