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A beautiful wintery scene — St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, IL

When we think of preparing for Christmas, we often think of holiday shopping, Christmas cards, special events at work, and family coming back home for the holidays.  This can be all well and good.  However, we also need to remember to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Our Lord on Christmas Day.  One of the best ways is through the Sacrament of Confession, which is why special Penance Services are frequently offered during this time of year.  The special Advent Penance Services at St. Mary’s Parish  in Alton, Illinois are the focus for this week’s “Around the Province.”

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Upcoming Events

11.15.2014-is the latest update.

Interested in the Oblates?  Come and See - We invite you to come and visit us for a “Come and See” experience.  These take place at our seminary and shrine in beautiful Boston, MA.  The next “Come and See” experiences are scheduled for February 4-8, 2015 (combined with a seminar on Ignatian Prayer with Fr. Tim Gallagher, OMV), March 7-12, 2015, and March 31-April 5, 2015 (Holy Week). For more information, contact our vocation director, Fr. Jeremy Paulin, OMV – or by telephone at 617-869-2429 .


A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola - Start planning ahead right away for this wonderful pilgrimage to the sites from the life of St. Ignatius.  Click “read more” below for more details.

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New Bio of Venerable Lanteri Is Here!

Begin Again:  The Life and Spiritual Legacy of Bruno Lanteri

Now Available for Purchase: Crossroad, 2013

In this biography of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri (1759-1830), founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Fr. Gallagher tells the story of a man who served God and the Church courageously in times of persecution, ready to pay the price.  Ven. Lanteri’s lifelong struggles with health, his dedicated service to priests, religious, and laity that rendered him “the man of a hundred tongues and a hundred arms,” his love for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, his deep prayer, his struggles to overcome his limitations, his enduring quest for holiness, his message of God’s mercy to the disheartened, and his invitation to begin again in times of failure, are detailed here.  This book is now available.  To order, click here.

“A man who sought always to remain the background is brought forward in this book so that all can begin again to discover his virtues and appreciate his influence today.”–Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago

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