The trait that sums up the whole life of Adelard Langevin, Archbishop of St. Boniface, is FEARLESS DEFENDER OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS; this is his most glorious title and the spiritual legacy that he bequeathed to his Congregation.
We, the Missionary Oblate Sisters, disturbed by the needs of a suffering world which is thirsting for love, truth, and fullness of life, feel called to conversion of heart, of attitude and of lifestyle. Following in the footsteps of the compassionate Jesus, and empowered by faith, audacity, and evangelical prophetism, we commit ourselves in a spirit of oblation to be in solidarity with the promoters of peace, justice and unity. In harmony with our vocation as missionary educators, we enable individuals and groups, especially those who are most deprived, to undertake their personal growth and self-actualization in order to contribute towards building a more compassionate society and towards transforming the world according to the plan of the Father.
(Missionary Oblate Sisters, Mission Statement 1989).
The Missionary Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate are women dedicated to the advent of the Kingdom of God as missionary-educators sent to proclaim the Good News to all, especially to the disadvantaged of society.
"The call to follow Christ and to share in his mission summons the Missionary Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of Mary Immaculate into apostolic communities at the service of the Church and of the world. Because of this call we are impelled by Christ's spirit of oblation to dedicate ourselves to the proclamation of the Good News by education, especially of the poor (C1).
We receive our mission as educators as a gift of the Spirit to our Institute for the benefit of the Church, to help individuals and groups to grow in the knowledge and love of the Father revealed in Jesus Christ. We educate with trust and steadfastness in order to contribute effectively to the transformation of the world in Christ (C2)."
Within this mission there is a value that is very dear to the heart of the Missionary Oblates. The Manitoba School Act of 1890 abolished the religious and language rights of Catholics and of the French Canadians. This motivated their founder, Archbishop Langevin to fight for justice and to establish private catholic schools, and a new Congregation of missionary-educators. After spending years struggling to achieve justice for minorities, Archbishop Langevin, passed on this fundamental value of JUSTICE as one which, from its very beginning, the Congregation was to promote.
Women who promote justice
Archbishop Langevin, who was impassioned for justice, urges the Missionary Oblates to reflect this value, not only to be concerned about little ones and the poor, but also to eliminate the causes of injustice and to strike at the roots of poverty wherever it exists by:
Archbishop Langevin had a great love for nature that he bequeathed to his new Congregation. The Missionary Oblate Sisters choose to actualize this inheritance by integrating ecology and non-violence in their spirituality by: