Specialized Ministries


The Oblates treasure every opportunity to accompany souls for a time of retreat.  Ven. Lanteri considered the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius “a sure method for everyone to become a saint, a great saint, and quickly.”  There are a number of reasons for this, including that the Exercises are designed to meet each person right where he or she is.  The Oblates are experts at adapting retreats to meet the needs and schedules of each person who comes in search of the Lord.  Blessed to have a retreat house of their own, the Oblates are now coordinating all retreats from this location, even if they are offered elsewhere.  To inquire about the possibility of a retreat at St. Joseph Retreat House or with an Oblate director at some other location, please contact us 617-698-6785, ext. 102, or by email at stjoseph.milton@gmail.com


Parish Missions

The Oblates of the Virgin Mary provide Parish Missions throughout the Northeast. The mission is typically three to five days in length, and includes preaching on the major themes of the Gospel, confessions, and guidance in the life of prayer.  The Oblates stress the healing power of God’s merciful love, devotion to Mary, and learning to listen to the Lord in prayer.  For further information about a parish mission, please contact us at 617-698-6785 ext. 102 or by email at info@omvhouse.org


Training and Enrichment in the Art and Ministry of Spiritual Direction

The Oblates of the Virgin Mary aspire to offer the best spiritual direction available today.  Rooted in the evocative-contemplative style of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the Oblates provide their own members with extensive training in this ministry, along with precise theological training according the mind of the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church.  In addition to teaching people to pray with the Word of God, the Oblates lead souls to a deeper experience of the Lord’s healing love in the sacraments.  The Lanteri Center offers programs in Denver for three levels of training in this ministry, and also in other locations where a satellite program can be developed.  It also offers seminars and other enrichment opportunities for those already involved in the ministry of spiritual direction.  For more information, go to www.lantericenter.org.


Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.

Tim Gallagher 2008 smallerFather Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., dedicates his energies to retreats, spiritual direction, and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1979, and obtained his doctorate from the Gregorian University in 1983. He has taught at St. John’s Seminary and Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston, assisted in formation work for twelve years, and served two terms as Provincial Rector of the community. He has dedicated many years to an extensive ministry of retreats, spiritual direction, and teaching about the spiritual life. Fr. Gallagher has authored several books (Crossroad) on the spiritual teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  He has also taught the content of his books on EWTN and CatholicTV.  One of his more unique projects has been a definitive, popular biography of Venerable Bruno Lanteri.  Entitled “Begin Again,” the work is available for purchase.  For further information about his books and CDs, or to schedule a seminar with Fr. Gallagher, please visit our store, or his web site at www.frtimothygallagher.org.


Media Apostolate

Facebook  Pinerolo SmallerThe Oblates are convinced that the mass media are a powerful force today, and therefore need to be used to spread the truths of the Faith, and to promote the rebirth of authentic spirituality in today’s world. Oblates therefore employ all the tools of modern communication, including books, journals, films, the Internet, DVDs, and CDs, as well as the ever-changing landscape of interactive media and portable digital devices.   Some Oblates specialize in this field on a technical level in order to work with competence in this crucial area.  Fr. John Wykes, O.M.V., is an award-nominated filmmaker and producer.  He holds a Masters degree in Digital Media and currently serves as Media Producer for our St. Ignatius Province.  He coordinates Oblate efforts in this apostolate, including print publication, film and video production, and maintenance of this website.  Contact Fr. Wykes with your comments, suggestions and donations at jwykes@omvusa.org