February 2 (1990) – Father Roger Schwietz, O.M.I. is consecrated Bishop of Duluth,
Minnesota. In 2001 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II to be the Archbishop of
Anchorage, Alaska where he serves today.
February 17 (1826) – Pope Leo XII approves the Missionary Oblates of Mary
Immaculate and its Constitution and Rules.
March 12 (1831) – Blessed Joseph Gérard, O.M.I., one of the first Missionary Oblate
priests, is born in France. In 1853 he was sent by St. Eugene De Mazenod to
southern Africa to introduce native people to the Catholic faith. Blessed Gerard is
considered the father of the Catholic Church in Lesotho.
March 22 (1927) – Father Paul Schulte, O.M.I. creates the Missionary International
Vehicular Association to provide vehicles for missionaries in Africa, Asia and Latin
America. Branches of the association are still in existence today in several countries.
April 20 (1980) – The first National Conference of the Victorious Missionaries is held
at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The Victorious Missionaries is a
spiritual support network created by the Oblates for persons with a disability or chronic
illness and has chapters throughout the United States and in several countries.