The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is the name of a male religious congregation in the Catholic Church.

The Oblates (as they are affectionately known) own and run Iona College as one of their ministries.

Fr Lewy Keelty OMI welcomes students to mass

Like all religious congregations involved in education, the Oblates bring the richness of their tradition and charism to their ministries and this forms the essential religious philosophy of Iona College.

Key aspects of the Oblate mission include evangelisation, a concern for those who experience isolation and abandonment, assisting the poor and needy, and a distinct commitment to youth.

The following significant values of the congregation’s founder, St Eugene De Mazenod, form the basis of the philosophy and activity of this Catholic College: faith in Jesus Christ; special devotion to his mother Mary; a commitment to the poor, the marginalised and the abandoned; the Eucharist and prayer; the development of one’s potential; acting with passion and zeal; the pursuit of excellence; and valuing a deep spirit of community.

The Oblates recognise the importance of partnership with others in carrying out their mission.

The Iona College community believes its mission to youth in particular is vital, as young men need direction, formation and support in their lives, in their faith and in their education generally.

The following items serve as resources for Oblate formation:

15 Days of Prayer with St Eugene

Litany Prayer

Sharing the Oblate Spirit

Cultural Characteristics

Eugene’s Self-Description

Foundation of the Oblates

Invitation to be Oblate

Mary Immaculate

Oblate Spirituality

St Eugene as a Young Priest

The Oblate Congregation

Value of Commitment

Your Value Before God