CANADA-UNITED STATESHonorary doctorate for the Superior General
On, March 15, 2016, Saint Paul University granted an honorary doctorate to Father Louis LOUGEN, Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Doctorate Honoris Causa is the highest honour a university can bestow. It is granted to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the University, to their profession or to society in general.
The Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate played a major role in Ottawa. One of the great lasting achievements of the Oblates is an educational endeavour that continues to this day through Saint Paul University. (Video of the ceremony: http://y2u.be/h5Ld6YZYvMA)
The next day, the Superior General met with his confreres in the area. In Ottawa, as we know, the Oblates of three provinces have a significant presence, besides confreres from other Unites and Delegations in the Congregation who are studying at Saint Paul. (Video: http://y2u.be/MAZbQqX-hmU)
Assumption Province began this jubilee year with a Provincial Congress entitled "The Emerging Future of Life and Mission – Responding to the Signs of the Times in a Transformative Way.” From January 18-22, all members of Assumption Province and invited guests prayed, shared their experiences, and also tried to discern the future directions for their ministry and mission.
Among many guest speakers were the following individuals:
Here are some memorable quotes from the Congress:
Father Ron ROLHEISER, General Councillor from 1998-2004, and currently the President of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, has been named San Antonio’s ninth Peace Laureate by the San Antonio Peace Center during the organization’s annual Blessing of the Peacemakers at OST’s Whitley Theological Center.
The Canadian-born Oblate will also receive the 2016 Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils during its annual convocation on April 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The award is presented annually to "the priest who, in the view of the federation, is one whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purposes and goals of the federation,” according to a news release. "In particular, his leadership enhances the ministry of others and his words and deeds support the life and ministry of priests; thus, he is, as it were, a Touchstone for genuine quality priesthood.”