One of the key ministries that the Oblates of the Virgin Mary offer is spiritual direction. The art of spiritual direction helps the person discern the direction of the Holy Spirit in his or her life and to develop a deeper relationship with God. Spiritual direction is provided either within the context of an individual retreat or on an ongoing basis with an Oblate priest or brother. The Oblates charism of direction provides an important spiritual need for the people of God in the Church today.
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Parish Missions are also one of the ministries that the Oblates provide. The parish mission is anywhere between two and five days and has a particular theme based on needs of the parish community. The aim of the parish mission is to spiritually strengthen the faith community and give them the tools to evangelize and bring the Good News of the Gospel in their daily lives. The parish missions that the Oblates offer are in the greater Massachusetts and Denver area.
St. Joseph Retreat House is available for group meetings and individual retreats. The group meetings can either be led by an Oblate or by an outside facilitator or retreat director. St. Joseph also offers individual retreats based on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The retreatant is provided a spiritual director that will guide the person during the course of the retreat.