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.Learn More About Our Process
Discovering Your Vocation
How do I discern my vocation? What should I do if I think I am being called? 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 an appreciation of the rich diversity of vocations in the church and the wisdom of centuries distilled in our particular way of life.
Discussing your calling with one of our Oblates is the first step in the process of discernment. We firmly believe that everyone has a calling from God. He has a plan for your life, to become a great saint and ensure that the talents He gave you will bear the most fruit. Each of us have different talents and a different personality. One 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? Work with them to discern your vocation before entering into the formation process and becoming an Oblate.
Br. Leland ThorpeOMV 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 MarzonieOMV, 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 SolorioOMV, 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!
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.Join the Oblates