Our Missionary Work
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded in 1816 by St. Eugene De Mazenod, O.M.I. This visionary saint invited his followers “to live together as brothers” and “to imitate the virtues and examples of our Savior Jesus Christ, above all through the preaching of the Word of God to the poor.”
The Oblates began their ministries in the countryside of France and quickly gained a reputation for having a special connection with the poor. Their ministries expanded throughout France, Europe and the entire world. Today nearly 4,000 priests and brothers serve God and His people in more than 60 countries.
The Oblates’ work in the United States began nearly 170 years ago. One of their earliest missions was in Texas where they were commonly referred to as the “Cavalry of Christ” as they rode on horseback proclaiming the Gospel.
Today the Oblates in the United States are involved in parish ministry, schools, retreat centers, shrines and much more:
- Father Karl Davis, O.M.I. is a chaplain at Yale University.
- Father James Deegan, OM.I. oversees programs to foster spiritual growth at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota.
- Father Thomas Killeen, O.M.I. is the only Catholic priest serving residents in the remote area of Cordova, Alaska.
- Father Kevin Collins, O.M.I. promotes immigration reform in Texas.
- Father Daniel LeBlanc, O.M.I. works at the United Nations, encouraging world leaders to act in the best interests of the poor.
- Father Nick Harding, O.M.I. ministers to poor people in the Amazon region of Peru.
- Father Real “Joe” Corriveau, O.M.I. helps victims of natural disasters in Haiti recover their lives.
- Father Pete Carrignan, O.M.I. promotes peace between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.
- Father Tom Horan, O.M.I. helps young men discern their calling to religious life at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois.