Oblates of the Virgin Mary
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV), who staff St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, are a religious congregation of priests and brothers founded by the Venerable Fr. Bruno Lanteri near Turin, Italy in 1826. At the time of the foundation, the first Oblates faced challenging spiritual situations, including the rigoristic Jansenist heresy that still thrived in Northern Italy and France, and Fr. Lanteri was even imprisoned by Napoleon for a few years. The Oblates were renowned for their gospel of mercy, their orthodoxy, and their fidelity to the Pope as they traveled preaching Ignatian retreats and distributing good literature to combat the errors of their time.
“The purpose of the Congregation is that of attending to the sanctification of its members by way of the most attentive imitation of Jesus Christ, Whom in all actions they take as their model, together with Mary Most Holy, their dear Mother, and that of attending with the utmost care to the redemption and sanctification of men. ”
–Constitutions, Art. 2
The Oblates came to the United States in 1976, beginning right here at St. Clement’s. Today, in addition to offering retreats across the globe, they serve in retreat centers, parishes, seminaries, and shrines in the archdioceses of Boston, Los Angeles, and Denver, and in the diocese of Springfield, Illinois.
Here are some links to particular ministries and ways to get involved with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary:
- St. Ignatius Province (United States)
- Support Oblate vocations with the St. Therese Vocation Society and visit the office of the Vocation Director, Fr. Jeremy Paulin, OMV.
- St. Francis Chapel in Boston’s Prudential Center Mall
- St. Joseph Retreat Center, Milton, MA, just outside of Boston
- Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV, reputed author, speaker, and retreat director