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Finding God in
Our Founder, St. Eugene De Mazenod, sent the Oblates out into the world to serve those in the most difficult conditions. The Missionary Oblates have answered this call by spreading to every corner of the globe, serving in 71 countries. Thanks to the support of readers like you, we can continue our important ministries. Here are but a few places where your support is making a difference.
|Brazil - Home to over 10,000,000 street children, Brazil presents a difficult challenge to our ministry. But the Oblates have undertaken this challenge with love. In Recife, our programs take children off the streets and give them homes, food, and shelter. For those we cannot house, we provide food through our thriving soup kitchens.|
|France - A place of pilgrimage and prayer, Lourdes, France, provides unending inspiration for the faithful. The Oblates in Lourdes help minister to the youth who pilgrimage to the Sacred Grotto. We celebrate sacraments with the youth and give them spiritual guidance on their path.|
|Mexico - For the children of Mexicali, Mexico, we represent hope. Many young people from the poor families suffer from negative self-esteem and lack of direction. However, through Oblate-founded programs, these people are receiving the counseling and education they need to break out of the cycle of poverty and realize their true potential.|
|Sri Lanka - Devastated by last year’s tsunami, this is a very troubled time for the people of Sri Lanka. However, the Oblates persevere. We have opened our doors to thousands of the newly homeless, and we have begun construction of a new orphanage to house those who have lost their families.|
|Madagascar - Despite its abundant natural resources, Madagascar is one of the poorest nations in the world. Ninety-three percent of the population earn less than $2 a day. To combat the malnutrition of poverty, Oblates distribute food to hungry families. Moreover, Oblate ministry in the area has inspired dozens of young men to join the Church as seminarians.|