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.

What does it take to become an Oblate of the Virgin Mary?

What should I do if I think I am being called? My son is interested in the priesthood, but I have no idea where to begin! Everybody is talking about “discernment” – what’s the big deal? What is the difference between diocesan and religious priests? What is a religious brother anyway? Why do seminarians have to study so much? There are many questions, and if you ask a priest or brother or seminarian, you will find a way to simply appreciate the rich diversity of vocations in the church and the wisdom of centuries distilled in our particular way of life. What is your calling?

We firmly believe that everyone has a calling from God; He has a plan for your life, first of all to become a great saint, and so that the talents He gave you will bear the most fruit. Each of us have different talents and a different personality, and some day, we each discover that we fit well within some established way of life or mission, or that we are called to found something new with our unique gifts. As Oblates, our mission strongly emphasizes spiritual direction and journeying together with people who are seeking to find and do God’s will in their lives. Do you have a spiritual director or wise spiritual guide in your life?

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Br. 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.

Br. 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.

Br. Rafael Solorio

OMV, Seminarian

The Oblates’ model will be the public life of Jesus, upon which they will meditate often and most attentively.’ (Directory of Fr. Lanteri) I beg you to pray for us Oblates that wherever we may be ministering to the needs of God’s people and for His greater glory we can make our Venerable Father Lanteri smile when he sees in us men of loving service, intentional empathy and merciful kindness. Jesus, I trust in you!

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Novices ask the help of the community on their journey: “Brothers, I wish to live your way of life, and I am willing to be tested. … Brothers, I ask for your assistance and prayers.” And we pray that those who will journey together will form a “communion of love” in the Lord. (quotations from the Novitiate Rite of Entrance)

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)

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