The Oblates are celebrating the 200th anniversary of our founding, and the 40th anniversary of our ministry in North America. Once again, we call upon our friends to support us in answering God’s call, serving God’s people, and honoring lives of service. Today, more than ever, the world needs the mercy of God and the kind of spiritual guidance that the Oblates offer.

“Go out to all the world and tell the good news” Mk 16:15

Through this Anniversary Appeal, we are beginning again to build a stronger and better supported community which helps young men to answer the call of Christ, to minister to God’s people and to honor lives dedicated to years of service.

Lee McDowell

Keynote Speaker for the Gala

I will be forever grateful to the OMVs for my Catholic faith formation. Having journeyed 40 years as an Evangelical, I first witnessed the fullness of our Christian faith through the ministry of the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Holy Ghost Church. Then to be invited to participate with the Oblates in their charism by giving Spiritual Direction and forming others for this ministry has been a great gift and blessing beyond words.

Paul Dix

Congregation Member at St. Mary's, Alton and Oblate Advisory Board Member

Ministering to our parish, the OMV’s have made a personal connection with our family and countless others. Their spirituality renews our relationship with Mary and their mission, inspired by the notion that if we fall we must get up and begin again, is profoundly relevant today.

Joseph M. Patrnchak

Principal Green Summit Partners LLC and Author of “The Engaged Enterprise: A Field Guide for the Servant Leader” and “Exercises for Management Reflection: A Workbook for the Servant Leader"

When I was looking to grow with regards to my spirituality, I wanted to do so in complete alignment with the Pope and the Vatican. Some friends suggested I look into St. Clements Eucharistic Shrine run by an order of priests, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. What I discovered and experienced from the Oblates was the notion of Truth with Mercy, coupled with their work to make the sacraments readily available on a daily basis. This alignment and approach has changed my life and I’m thankful for the mission of the Oblates and their work.

We’re grateful for all of the friendships we’ve formed and strengthened through the campaign. Let’s work together toward a rebirth of spirituality in today’s world. In the spirit of Venerable Lanteri, “Let us Begin.”

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