July, 1852 – The Oblates purchase land in the Prospect Hill area of Buffalo, New York to become the permanent home for Holy Angels Parish. The Oblates are still working at the parish today.
July 4, 1966 – The Oblates lead a march by farm workers from Rio Grande City, Texas to the state capital in Austin to demand a minimum wage. The march took two months and nearly 10,000 marchers were involved. A few days after the march, Congress extended the minimum wage to farm workers for the first time.
July 7, 2010 – The Oblates celebrate 75 years of missionary presence in Argentina.
September, 1986 – The Oblates take over the Nalionwa mission in Zambia from the Capuchins. The mission would serve as a base for the Oblates as they expanded their presence throughout the western portion of the country. Today the Nalionwa mission serves more than 60 outstations.
September 15, 1988 – Father Joseph Gerard, O.M.I. is beatified by Pope John Paul II. Blessed Gerard was a pioneering missionary in the African nation of Lesotho.
September 28, 2010 – Father Louis Lougen, O.M.I. is elected Superior General of the Missionary Oblates. The former Provincial of the United States Province now oversees the missionary efforts of more than 4,100 Oblates in nearly 60 countries.
October 21, 1847 – Four Oblate priests leave Marseilles, France to minister in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). Today there are more than 250 Oblates ministering in Sri Lanka.