Vatican Radio: Interview with Superior General, Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

By Devin Sean Watkins and Originally Published on the website of Vatican Radio  (Used with Permission)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate: 200 years of preaching Gospel to the poor


Superior General, Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

(Vatican Radio)  Two-hundred years ago, on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in 1816, a small group of men came together to create an apostolic community and do just what St. Paul himself sought to do: preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the poor and most abandoned.

That group of men is known today as the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) one of the largest missionary religious orders of the Church, numbering nearly 4,000 priests and religious brothers.The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded on February 25, 1816 in Aix-en-Provence in post-revolutionary southern France in response to the deplorable situation of the church in the countryside after the war.Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI, is the Superior General of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and a Permanent Member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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