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Our founder

Father Louis-Marie Parent, o.m.i., was born in 1910 in Québec, Canada. He joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1931 and was ordained in 1937.

Starting in 1938, he was a missionary in the North of Alberta.

In 1943, he founded, together with two Montrealers, a contemplative religious community called the Missionary Recluses.

In 1944, he became a priest in the Falher parish, and then in 1945,he was named the colonizer missionary of Peace River (Alberta).

In 1952, he founded the secular Institute of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and in 1958 the Voluntas Dei Institute.

From the beginning of his priesthood he was a preacher and was also in contact with lay people, religious and priests.

He was also an author, wellknown by thousands of readers, and he published for twenty years a monthly brochure called <Collection Volontaires de Dieu>.

He has also written several books on spirituality and human relations.

 He died at the age of 98 years and 10 months; he entered the House of the Father on the 17th of May 2009.




Father Parent wrote several books on spirituality and human relations that carry a concrete message. You can access them by visiting the website of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Please click on the photo to the left.




To discover the essential values of Father Parent, please check out the following video:

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