Oblates Louis Andreas and Alfred Hubenig are joined by lay leaders such as Ed and Natalia Schrader and others who travel around Canada leading parish missions. Like Saint Eugene, the team shares the love of God in unique ways enabling transformation in hearts and souls, while reaffirming vibrant parish community life.
Oblate Youth Ministry
Oblates Dan Dionne and Mike Dechant are the energetic Youth Ministry team members reaching out to young people in the Edmonton area. The training of youth leaders provides a faith experience encouraging empowerment in embracing a fuller spiritual life and facilitates youth ministering to youth.
Teams of Oblates and laity minister in various areas of the North. The Arctic has changed. Vast distances, isolation, high cost of living, intense cold, language and closeness to the land remain. Growing problems have arisen with alcohol, drugs and violence. It is impressive to observe the sincerity of the missionaries – the depth of their faith and courage – their patience to work in what is sometimes a very difficult situation, offering hope and solidarity. There are currently five Oblates serving as bishops in the North: Doug Crosby – Labrador/Schefferville, Denis Croteau –Yellowknife, Reynald Rouleau – Churchill/Hudson Bay, Sylvain Lavoie – Keewatin/The Pas, and Gerry Wiesner – Prince George. For a reflection on northern ministry by an Oblate bishop, click here.
The Province of OMI Lacombe Canada has several retreat and renewal centres located across Canada that are committed to providing sanctuary spaces of stillness, hospitality and beauty. These sacred places welcome all people seeking healing, solitude, spiritual growth and formation.