Call waiting? Vocations & Formation
OMI Lacombe Canada is a province within the worldwide congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Membership within OMI Lacombe Canada takes on two forms: the traditional canonical membership (Priests and Brothers) and Lay Association.
Following the canonization of Saint Eugene de Mazenod in 1995 and the subsequent reflection on his charism, Oblates and laity alike were inspired to look for new ways to “Proclaim the Good News to the poor”. This reflection, or refounding, led us to re-imagine the way we organized ourselves as a province in 2003. This refounding also provoked us to pose new questions about our identity and purpose: “What does it mean to be a Missionary Oblate in North America in the 21st century? Who are we as Oblates? Why should we continue to exist?” This is an exciting time for us and it offers young men and laity new ways to engage the mission of the Church.
The refounded life of OMI Lacombe Canada requires that we reorient ourselves around four pillars. These four pillars hold tremendous promise for us as we engage the world and the Church in which we live:
- Community Life
- Exercise of Leadership
- Mission and Ministry
- Role of Laity
Given our choice to refound the way in which we live the charism of de Mazenod, we are reviewing the way in which canonical members are formed for our community life and mission and we are piloting new ways of associating laity with our Local Communities. This has implications for lay people interested in the charism of Saint Eugene; it also has implications for those men who choose to become canonical members of our Congregation.
We invite you to explore with us, to be partners with us in this journey!
Joining the Oblate Community as a Priest or Brother
Welcome! If you are thinking of becoming a Missionary Oblate Brother or Priest you are in for a journey wherein you share the responsibility for the time and the method of your formation.
Joining the Oblate Community as a Lay Associate
We are a voluntary organization of friends of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Somehow, we came into contact with one of their members, or we learned something about the life and charism of their founder Eugene de Mazenod. And that contact caused a spark in our spirit, as if setting us on fire with the particular expression of the Gospel which the Oblates embrace. We in fact are a lay extension of the Oblates. As Lay Associates, we join the Oblates in prayer, we lend support, in kind, friendship and/or financially, and we thus further the apostolate of their missionary work. As Lay Associates, we belong to the Oblate family. Whenever possible, we gather with Oblates for prayer, celebrations, education and formation.
Most of us Lay Associates maintain our bonds with the Oblates from wherever we live in our families and places of work. For more information, please contact an Oblate priest or Oblate parish in your area.
Some Lay associates, however, sense a call to a deeper solidarity with the Oblates in their various missionary endeavours.
We share below the stories of two such Oblate Lay couples:
Armelle and Louis live in Ile des Chênes, Manitoba (not far from Winnipeg), and have been Lay Associates for over 30 years. Click here to read of their Oblate journey of faith…
Sheila Sullivan and Normand Peladeau are currently serving as Oblate missionaries in Kenya. To read an account of their experiences, click here ...