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August 14, 1595 – Pope Clement VIII

issued a brief raising the diocese of

Manila to the rank of an Archdiocese.
Three new dioceses were established:
the Dioceses of Nueva Caceres,
Nueva Segovia, and Cebu or Holy
Name of Jesus.
In 1910, Pope Pius X executed the Bull,
Quae Mari Sinico establishing four new
dioceses in the Philippines.
Fr. Ulrich Arcand, MEP – the one who got the
Oblates to come to the Philippines
Frs. Mongeau, Bolduc, Beaudoin, and
Arcand set out on the final leg of their
missionary journey to Jolo and Cotabato.
Bishop Luis del Rosario, S.J. - when the boat
pulled into the harbor of Zamboanga, he
was there to welcome the first batch of OMI
The Bishop briefed the new arrivals about
Jolo and Cotabato.
Bishop del Rosario installed Fr.
Bolduc as Pastor.
Fr. Bolduc – first Oblate Parish Priest
in the country and in the Oblates
Fr. Dion – appointed as assistant
Fr. Billman – was given a wandering
In Cotabato – Frs. Mongeau,
Beaudoin and Bishop del Rosario
were welcomed by Fr. Jose Lim.
Christian settlers from Luzon and
the Visayas were beginning to be
resettled in a yet “primitive” land,
though rich in promises.
1940 – Frs. Baynes, Gordon,
Laquerre, Quinn, Sheehan, Drone,
and Bro. Braun came to beef up the
original seven pioneers.
December 1941 – eleven other
missioners were received from the
Frs. Burke, McMahon, Sullivan, and
Clancy arrived in 1941.
 Ministry in Parishes and Mission Stations
 Inter-Religious Dialogue
 Ministry among Indigenous Peoples
 Ministry in Schools
 Mass Media Ministry
 Retreats and Shrines Ministry
 Ministry for Justice, Peace and Integrity of
To raise the consciousness of our Christian
leaders and communities with regard to
Community of Disciples in mission to
become Church of the poor.
To conscientisize our Christian leaders &
communities on issue of Justice, Peace and
Integrity of Creation, and to promotethe
culture of peace and dialogue of faith.
To mobilize BECs in our Parish for social
 To develop the Oblate spirit (identity &
mission) among co-workers, students
and alumni in the Oblate educational
 To develop the full and unique potentials of
all those who participate in Oblate
 To develop the attitudes & practices of
mutual understanding, respect, justice,
preference for the poor, peace and
concern for the environment among
peoples of diverse cultures, faiths,
To strengthen and deepen
personal and family values
To transform OMI Retreat
Houses/Shrines into centers of
healing, wholeness and
From Reporters:
Jelbert - Leader