"At home, charity charity charity, and outside, zeal for souls."

From its humble beginnings on June 29 in 1894 when the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate arrived in Fremantle, the mission in Australia significantly developed in 1926, when Archbishop Daniel Mannix of Melbourne requested the Oblates preach in the east of the country. He entrusted the poor fishing village of Sorrento, Victoria to them as a base from which to preach missions.

Currently, there are 42 Oblates serving in the Australian Province. They administer nine parishes across the country, direct 3 boys' Colleges and provide chaplaincies to hospitals, youth ministry, the homeless, police, lecture at Catholic Theological College, assist in the formation of future Oblates, and assist in a variety of other ministries, including our de Mazenod Family. The Province of Australia includes the Delegation of China and Hong Kong where an additional 19 Oblates are serving in parishes, schools, chaplaincies to youth, the homeless, universities, hospitals, and migrant workers.

Aside from the Oblate priests, there are many lay people who cooperate in our ministries and charism in their own special way. The Oblates are forever grateful to the many lay people, who themselves have been inspired by St Eugene de Mazenod, to carry out the mission of God here in Australia and in China.

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