The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is one of the largest religious congregations in the world. Their mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Founded in France by St. Eugene de Mazenod in the year 1816, the order has grown to 4,000 priests and brothers today serving in 60 countries around the globe.
Oblates first arrived in North America in 1841. Referred to as the Cavalry of Christ, they often rode horseback as a means of travel while establishing missions in this untamed land. While their primary dedication will always be of a spiritual calling, they reach out to those in need of physical, emotional and or spiritual support through their sincere acts of charity.