From the time of Alexandre TACHÉ, one of the first 2 Oblates to come to the West, and later second Bishop and first Archbishop of St-Boniface, Oblates provided the first bishops for most of the dioceses of western Canada. In 1848 they founded the College of Bytown, renamed the College of Ottawa in 1861 and, by Parliament in 1866 and papal charter in 1889, the UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA. In 1965 the Oblate foundation became U Saint-Paul, federated with the U of O, which was reconstituted as a secular university.
Since the 1920s the Canadian Oblates have also been active in foreign missions. They started in Basutoland in 1923 and have continued to be active in Africa and South America. There are now about 90 Canadian Oblates in this work. The Canadian community used to be organized into 11 provinces, but consolidation has reduced the number to 8. In 1993 there were 845 Oblate priests and 232 brothers in Canada.
Author JAMES HANRAHAN
Links to Other Sites
Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage
The website for the annual Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage, the largest annual Catholic gathering in western Canada. Located on the shores of Lac Ste Anne, the pilgrimage grounds has been declared a national historic site.
The Oblate Mission of Lac-Ste Anne
A brief history of the Oblate Mission at Lac-Ste Anne. From the Canadian Catholic Historical Association. A PDF file.