The Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Papel Congregation for priests founded by St. Eugene Mazenod. The Oblates came to India in 1968. This Province is named as St Eugene Province of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The first Oblate mission was at St Thomas Mount, in Kancheepuram. There are 86 priests and 16 under first formation in the Order of Oblates of Mary Immacualte of Indian National Province.
Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been witnessing and working to establish the Kingdom of God in 7 Typical Mission areas helping out in 20 Dioceses. These missions consist of 7 Parishes in Andhra Pradesh, 4 Parishes in North India 4 Parishes in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu and 3 Parishes in South Tamil Nadu. The Oblate’s Educational Ministry is spread out in 7 schools in North East and 3 school in North India and 1 school in Tamil Nadu.
The Oblates are also into the ministries like youth, prison and hospital chaplaincy, promotion of living in ahsrams for meditation and self –realization, Justice and Peace Integration Commissions (JPIC Ministry), Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate (MAMI) an opportunity to collaborate with the lay persons to carry out the various ministries of the Lord through the Oblates.
They take up poor and remote missions for various apostolate. Education and faith formation are the main priorities of our missions. We take up rural missions to improve the faith and their standard of life. The Oblates always work with the poor and dalit people of Indian subcontinent.
The Provincial’s administrative works has been carried out from the headquarter situated at Parangimalai (St. Thomas’ Mount), Chennai, close to the Chennai International airport.