The Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV) are a religious community of priests and brothers faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church and working toward a rebirth of spirituality in today’s world. In joining the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, candidates actively participate in community life as they complete apostolic works, undergo careful spiritual direction, and study philosophy, theology, and the charism of the Oblates and their founder, Venerable Bruno Lanteri.

How do you become an Oblate of the Virgin Mary?

Becoming an Oblate begins with an official visit to Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston, along with a formal application process. Once accepted, there are three stages of the Oblate formation program, which typically take a total of eight years for young men to complete.

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Discover Your Purpose

Oblate ministries include a broad spectrum of apostolic efforts, including retreats, spiritual direction, priestly formation, missionary work, lay groups, parishes, and evangelization through the media. We need men to join us in the crucial work of spiritual fatherhood today. We need men of courageous heart to serve the Church and bring hope through friendship with Jesus Christ.

Discern Your Vocation

Meet Our Seminarians

Meet some of the men who have been called to become an Oblate. Our seminarians begin their formation at the Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston, MA, and their religious life of service may lead them to ministries around the world.

Jorge SanchezBr. Leland Thorpe, OMVBr. Nathan Marzonie, OMV

Br. Jorge Sanchez

OMV Seminarian

Being in formation with my brothers these past few years has been a great blessing. It has really taught me how to unpack my heart so that the Lord reveals the real treasure of His love within me. It has been a journey of healing and of self revelation. A verse from the Bible that has inspired me is, “Be still and know that I am God!” ~ Psalms 46:11

Deacon Leland Thorpe

OMV Seminarian

In reviewing the past years with all the various movements of consolation and desolation, the thing that stood out most clearly to me was the security found in letting Our Lord look on me with love, and in calling to mind the words he spoke to my heart at various times: “Follow me.” “I chose you.” “Do not be afraid.” “You are precious and exalted in my eyes, and I love you.

Deacon Nathan Marzonie

OMV Seminarian

As our Patron, St. Joseph is an important intercessor, but also a model of virtue. I have personally experienced the important role of St. Joseph’s humble obedience in our Congregation’s works of accompaniment in spiritual direction and retreat ministry, both crucial for many people who are discerning the will of God in their lives.

A group of Oblates of the Virgin Mary

Begin Your Journey

Are you ready to embark on a journey to fulfilling God’s calling? The professed dedicate themselves before God to chastity, poverty, and obedience after Jesus’ own example, living, serving, praying, and relaxing together. The goal of consecrated life is to become a saint, and every OMV prays, “Mary, I place myself in your hands, so that you may bring me to God. Brothers, I ask your help in order to persevere with fidelity all the days of my life, until the Father gathers me into His arms.” (Formula of Profession)

Begin your journey by reaching out to us for more information about our formation process and what becoming an Oblate means in today’s world.

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