Becoming an Oblate

THE CALL TO RELIGIOUS LIFE

Is God calling you?

The Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV) are a Catholic community of priests and brothers working toward a rebirth of spirituality in today’s world. Learning how to become an Oblate is the first step in an eight-year journey, where you’ll be part of our community, study at Our Lady of Grace seminary, and work in our ministries.

Interested in beginning your journey and becoming an Oblate of the Virgin Mary?

NEW VIDEO SERIES

A Semester for God

The four-part video series follows two OMV seminarians through a semester at Our Lady of Grace seminary. Watch as Br. Chris Puglia, in his fourth year as a seminarian, and Adam Jones, a postulant, work their way through the semester and share details about their unique journeys.

A Semester for God: Inside the Lives of Two Seminarians

Follow two seminarians through a semester.

LIVE A LIFE OF SERVICE

How to Become an Oblate of the Virgin Mary

Oblates of the Virgin Mary formation includes intense study, spiritual direction, and hands-on work in our ministries.

Postulancy

During the first two years, you’ll study the meaning of vows and explore if this life is right for you. You’ll pursue a degree in philosophy and liberal arts.

Novitiate

You’ll undergo a year of intense spiritual maturation to prepare for religious profession, engaging in prayer, study of religious life and the Oblate charism.

Theologate

For 5 years, you’ll study theology and prepare for final profession and ordination. Summers and a pastoral year allow you to live and work with other Oblates.

Meet the Seminarians

Every man’s journey to becoming an Oblate is unique. Get to know our seminarians working toward answering their calls from God.

Dcn. Jonathon Hank

Dcn. Jonathon Hank, OMV

Hometown

Corcoran, MN

Undergraduate major

Physics and Mathematics

Hobbies

Chess and outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping

Dcn. Jorge Sanchez

Dcn. Jorge Sanchez, OMV

Hometown

Fullerton, CA

Undergraduate major

Film

Hobbies

Editing and writing scripts for films and watching movies

Br. Chris Puglia

Br. Christopher Puglia, OMV

Hometown

Townsend, MA

Undergraduate major

Electrical Engineering

Hobbies

Learning new things and exercising

Br. Miguel Roque

Br. Miguel Roque, OMV

Hometown

Paranaque City, Phillipines

Undergraduate major

Religious Studies

Hobbies

Long-distance running and playing basketball

MAKE A GIFT

Support Seminarians

Gifts to the Seminarian Fund help us support these dedicated men as they work to answer God’s call of service to others. The Fund covers housing, education, formation, spiritual direction, and other costs.

Join the Oblates

Are you ready to embark on a journey to fulfill God’s calling? Reach out to us through the form below. We’ll be in touch soon to share more details on how to become an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and what that means in today’s world.

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