The Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV) are an international community of priests and brothers, who staff various parishes throughout North America, providing ongoing support for lay formation. The vibrancy of parish life enables a vital part of the Oblate charism: working toward a rebirth of spirituality in today’s world. While working in parishes, the Oblates look to the laity to support the mission of evangelization in the Church. Here are some of our communities.
San Pedro Catholic Church
14380 Tamiami Trail
North Port FL 34287
San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port, Florida, began as a mission to the local Catholic community in 1957. It was established as a parish in 1970 as the area continued to grow. In 2022, San Pedro was entrusted to the care of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, who also staff the nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in the Diocese of Venice.
St. Mary’s Church
519 E 4th St
Alton IL 62002
St. Mary’s Church was founded in 1858, to serve the Catholic, German-speaking immigrants who had come to this area. The Church has grown from 25 families at its founding to approximately 1,714 families in 2008. The old church was remodeled into a schoolhouse, which was replaced by the current school in 1930. The school was expanded to include the old St. Matthew’s School on Milton Road as a middle school in 2006. The parish has been staffed and served by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary since 1987.
St. Peter Chanel Church
12001 214th St
Hawaiian Gardens CA 90716
In the 1980s, at the request of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary were invited to staff the newly-created parish of St. Peter Chanel, located in Hawaiian Gardens, California. In a short period of time, the Oblates have developed an active community of worship which serves a growing Hispanic and Filipino population. In addition to the daily and weekend Masses, confessions are available every day and there is daily Eucharistic Adoration. Meet some of our elder Oblates serving here.
Holy Ghost Church
1900 California St
Denver CO 80202
Although the present Holy Ghost Church was dedicated on July 8, 1943, the parish has its roots in the 1860 construction of St. Mary’s Cathedral, the first Catholic church in Denver. The parish has been staffed and served by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary since 2001.
St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine
1105 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine, located in the Back Bay of Boston, is a church is dedicated to prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. Our mission is to provide a place of prayer and welcome so that people may come to visit and spend time with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in a traditional setting. We invite you to come to know the shrine, our mission, and us. If you aren’t able to visit in person, join us for daily Mass by watching live video.
St. Francis Chapel
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
St. Francis Chapel is a Roman Catholic chapel staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and located in the Hynes Court of the Prudential Center Shopping Mall. The Mall is at the base of the Prudential building, one of the tallest buildings in Boston, and stands in the city’s Back Bay. The Chapel is open 365 days a year and has daily mass, Eucharistic Adoration and confessions.
St. Joseph Retreat House
65 Fr. Carney Drive
Milton, MA 02186
St. Joseph Retreat House provides a quiet space for prayer where a person can rediscover and deepen his or her relationship with God. The essential mission and ministry of our religious community is to provide directed and preached retreats and spiritual direction inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat House
3989 South Moon Dr.
Venice FL, 34292
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat House, located in Venice Florida, is a place of natural beauty. It’s staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping retreatants along their spiritual journey in discovering the presence of God in their lives. Various types of retreats are offered with a special focus around the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. All are welcome.
Philippines – Cebu and Antipolo
Talamban, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu Philippines
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary began a mission in the Philippines in the mid 1990’s conducting retreats based around the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As the popularity and demand for these retreats increased the Oblates set about having a permanent foundation there. Today the Oblates run a Retreat Center in Cebu and a Novitiate House of Theology and Retreat Center in Antipolo.
As a member of our international community, we welcome you to engage with us through our Masses and Memorials offerings. The Oblates of the Virgin Mary will pray for your intentions and your loved ones (living or deceased) in the celebration of the Mass. Learn more about our Seasonal Novenas, Perpetual Mass Enrollment and other Mass offerings.