Oblates of the Virgin Mary
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary is a religious institute of priests and brothers founded by the Venerable Bruno Lanteri (1759–1830) in the Kingdom of Sardinia in the early 19th century. The institute is characterized by a zeal for the work of preaching and the sacrament of confession, according to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and the moral theology of St. Alphonsus Liguori. It is also marked by love for Mary and fidelity to the magisterium.
Lanteri first founded the Oblates of Mary Most Holy in 1816, as a diocesan right congregation. Subsequently, after a five-year hiatus, some of the original members re-established themselves as "The Oblates of the Virgin Mary" (Congregatio Oblatorum Beatae Mariae Virginis), and received papal approval from Pope Leo XII on 1 September 1826, upon the publication of the papal brief Etsi Dei Filius, almost four years before Lanteri's death.
The charism of the institute draws from its founder's childhood experience of a strongly religious household and tender love for the Virgin Mary, which especially grew from the time of his mother's death, when he was four years old. At the age of seventeen, Lanteri was drawn to what he called "silence and seclusion," which prompted him to enter the Carthusians. Though he left after eight days, his desire for this lifestyle remained and also shaped the institute.
Since the initial foundation, the Oblates have worked throughout Italy and its islands, and in France, Austria, Myanmar (Burma), Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, the United States of America, Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, and Nigeria.
St. Ignatius Province
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary began their first foundation in the United States in 1976. As of 2010, the congregation has expanded into Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, California, and a new seminary and retreat center in the Philippines.
Specifically, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in the United States of America serve in:
- Boston, Massachusetts:
- Alton, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
- Hawaiian Gardens, California
Oblates of the Virgin Mary official websites
- Oblates of the Virgin Mary (Italian) Official Website of the Congregation
- Oblates Of The Virgin Mary, USA
- St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine, Boston, MA USA
- St. Francis Chapel, Boston, MA USA
- St. Mary's Catholic Church, Alton, IL USA
- Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Denver, CO USA
- Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Denver, CO USA
- St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Hawaiian Gardens, CA USA
- OMV Asia - the mission in the Philippines
- Venerable Bruno Lanteri
- Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV
- Gallagher, Timothy (2013). Begin Again: The Life and Spiritual Legacy of Bruno Lanteri. New York: Crossroad. ISBN 978-0-8245-2579-8.
- "OMV-USA: Where We Serve - International" (in English). Retrieved 17 October 2013. "OMV Le Case della Congregazione" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- "Pilot Catholic Directory, Archdiocese of Boston Saint Clement Eucharistic, Boston". Archdiocese of Boston. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "PARISHES Holy Ghost". Archdiocese of Denver. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Parish of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church". Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Retrieved 10 October 2013.