The Oblates regularly encounter people who feel a spiritual kinship with us, and a profound desire to assist us in our work. Several lay leaders with expertise in various areas have assembled to serve as a board of advisors to the Province. Others desire to join the Oblates by means of a lay association or “third order”. The Oblates have established some basic guidelines for fostering Lanterian lay associations, and several groups already exist around the world. Some groups actively assist the Oblates in their ministries, including spiritual direction and retreats, while others come together as intercessors for the Oblates and their intentions. If you sense a call to learn more about our spirituality and to assist us somehow in our ministries, please approach an Oblate in your area, or contact the Provincial Offices.