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INFO Lacombe - May 20 2011

  1. 1. Albert Lacombe, OMI1827 – 1916 Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 WAYNE JARVO OMI In this issue... WAYNE JARVO OMI……...….……....…..1 JEAN-PAUL VANTROYS, OMI…….....…3 JOHN BRIEUX, OMI…………...……..…..4 UPCOMING DISCERNMENT WEEKENDS………………………………..7 ANNOUNCEMENT………………..……...8 NEXT ISSUE OF INFO LACOMBE WILL BE MAY 27, 2011. 50 Years as an Oblate On Friday, March 18, members of Springhurst Community and guests gathered at Springhurst to celebrate with Bro. Wayne Saskatoon Office- Communications Jarvo, 50 years of Religious life. A special TEL: 306 244 1556 guest for the social and supper was a friend of FAX: 306 242 8916 Wayne’s, Senator Allan Mac Eachern. CELL: 306 370 7581
  2. 2. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● www.omilacombe.caWayne began his Novitiate, along with 11others, in 1959 at the Gloucester Farm You came to the Oblates from Cornwall itoutside Ottawa. After several months a few seemsof the novices were moved to Arnprior to To be lay brother filled all of your dreamsassist with the farm work. At Gloucester, St.Anthony’s Novitiate, his Novice Director was And so to the farm, where you learned how toFr. Patrick Sheehan. At Arnprior it was Fr. cookMaurice Peake who continued the challenge ‘Twould be your life’s work now, by hook orof forming Wayne. Of the 11 who began by crook.Novitiate with Wayne, the one remainingOblate is Fr. Terry Mc Namara, presently You went to the West, one year there youministering as Pastor at St. Augustine’s stayedParish, Vancouver. Then back to the city, where you made theWayne summarized his years as an Oblate in grade,these words: “I had many enjoyable times in In formation houses, all over the place,my Religious Life. I was happy to minister They kept movin’ you around, twas a holyto all kinds of people including those in disgrace.Formation, missions in Labrador (HappyValley) and British Columbia (Kuper Island),served at the Provincial House (Daley Ave., Twice in your lifetime you went to the NorthOttawa) where I had the distinction of living It was in Happy Goose Bay that you salliedwith three former Provincials; from 1970-72 I forth,ministered at Villa Madonna Nursing Home,Ottawa. Wherever I was assigned I tried to The school and the parish for some 20 yearsmeet the many needs of people from cooking In all your assignments, you looked after themeals to bringing joy to their lives”. dears.A person who has known Wayne for severalyears has this to say: He is a good cook, a It was cooking and shopping that filled allbetter dancer, but most of all, a fine Brother. your time(As a dancer in Happy Valley, Wayne has his When you worked up at Gillies, you acteddancing shoes hanging over the bar at the just fine.Knights of Columbus). You did all this work and were happy to know Fr. Carl Kelly, a resident of Springhurst, told All the gossip and news bits and rumors tothe story of Wayne’s life in song. show. Fifty years an Oblate You came here to Springhurst and that’s where you areHey, Wayne, It’s been good to know you 3X On trips to the airport you use your own car.It’s a long time since you’ve been home You fill in all places where folks are away,Now, you gotta be driftin’ along. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● www.omilacombe.caWith laundry and cooking, what more can I Jean-Paul leaves no doubt about hissay. French language and culture even though he has a Flemish name. He comes from Roulnix (Department du Nord) in France.Its now fifty years as an Oblate you’ve been He made his novitiate in 1945 and wasIts been quite a journey, to now from back ordained a priest February 18, 1951. Thisthen year marks his sixtieth anniversary.You’ve been a great friend tho through many He arrived in Jousard, Alberta, Canadaa year November of 1951. There was a gravelAnd may God be with you, from all of us road which was routed along Lesser Slave Lake. This road could be closed byhere. snow in the winter months. He was sent to learn the Cree language with NicolasJEAN-PAUL VANTROYS, Roué, OMI, until May of 1953. He chuckles when he remembers that hisOMI Cree always has a ‘French accent.’By Nestor Gregoire,OMI. A very frightful moment happened, April 15, 1952, when he was travelled with Fr. Vandersteen, OMI, eighteen kilometers south of Fort Vermillon. The snow had already melted on the land. The only way to travel with a dog team was on the ice of the Peace River. Fr. Vandersteen, OMI, was on the back of the sled when all of a sudden the ice flipped up and he fell into the water, fortunately holding on the two wires from the sled. The dogs and the sled remained on the upper part of the large piece of ice. Slowly he “told me to go to the front of the sled and he managed to crawl out of the cold water.” This all happened at lighting speed. Fortunately, Fr. Vandersteen had grabbed on to the wires as he slipped into the cold waters. After crawling out of the cold water he revived very quickly. It was April and the sun was very warm. Jean-Paul commented about this rescue, “He was a tough guy! He didn’t care what had happened to him.” Looking back on that trip across the ice he admits that it was foolish. They did not lose any dogs. In fact, the dogs sat down and waited for Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● www.omilacombe.cawhat was about to happen! When it was EASTERtime to move off the ice and travel overthe land the dogs rushed up the riverbank. “They were scared!” Cosmic gloom The God-man lies within the tombRemembering Fr. Vandersteen in light of While the universe groansthis fall through the ice, Jean-Paul added: all of humanity moans“He was really a missionary and so verystrong willed!” Questions abound--when,what, and why?Jean-Paul was an Oblate who was sent to It is a time to live or a time to die?be missionary in Northern Alberta but hestrongly states that he never enjoyed Then, with explosive suddennessfishing and hunting. Only once did he earth opens up to heavenhelp shot a bear and he confesses that ‘he and mortality stretches out to eternitywould never do that again!’ Why look for the living among the dead?Jean-Paul divides his Oblate life into four He has risen as he said.phases. His first assignment was to FoxValley and Little Red River (Alberta), a Brian Jayawardhana OMI. Edmonton. March 11,2011Cree Community, from 1953-1966. TheSisters of Ste. Chretienne joined themission in 1957 (departing in 2011) andwere a very significant part of the life andmission of these churches. These sistersalso began three schools in thesecommunities: Fox Lake, Garden Riverand Jean d’Or Prairie. Jean-Paul workedwith closely with these sisters andsorrows over their departure from these national team with Jim and AdeleFirst Nation Communities. Longstaff (Saskatoon). He has given the weekend in both English and French andThen he moved to Wabasca, 1966-77. worked on the national training weekendsThere was a sabbatical year in Gonzaga for team couples. This also involvedUniversity (Sponkane, Wash.) with a side travel to Zambia, New Jersey, Uruguaytrip to the Holy Land and Rome. and Hungry. He enjoyed this ministry very much. “People were responding andHe returned to Spirit River (an I liked the interaction.” ThroughAnglophone community), 1978-1991. Marriage Encounter he has made manyThen to St. Isadore ( a Francophone and Napa and Marie Reinefor the next sixteen years. The past two years Jean-Paul has become involved with Retroville which seeks toThroughout this time Jean-Paul’s bring healing to troubled marriages. Oneinvolvement with Marriage Encounter of the rewards of this ministry is thewas very rewarding. For over thirty years people who return to tell “me how the(1978-2008) he worked with the Marriage weekend put them back together again.”Encounter teams and served on the This is ecumenical but also involves Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● JOHN BRIEUX, OMI By Nestor Gregoire OMI John is friendly, talkative, colorful and full of stories. He wears his Oblate identity with a sense of pride and fills the room with his warm smile. His conversation is equally expressive in his facial expressions as in his spirited words. Beginning in Peterborough, Ontario (born in 1942), he has spent his life as an ordained priest (1974) in the West. His first assignment was to St. Mary’s Parish in Prince George, followed by ten years in the Caribou (near Williams Lake) among the Shuswap people. After a sabbatical year he was transferred to the Western side of the Fraser river to minister with the Chilcotin peoples. In 1995, after a letter that explained why he should not be assigned to St. Augustine’s Parish in Vancouver, and succeeded Joe Rossiter, OMI, as pastor (which extended to fifteen years). St. Albert Parish, St. Albert, Alberta There is a strong connection with art in the life of John (and his brother). They started out in high school at St. Pat’s in Ottawa (firstcouples from inter-faith backgrounds. It Oblate connection) but were transferred tochallenges the values and experiences Fisher Park High School which concentratedthat are shared from a Christianperspective. in the arts. Without hesitation John adds (including his brother): “We did well there!”Jean-Paul has a lot of energy and is very After high school there was a brief period ofappreciative to work with people. His working with Crowley Films in Ottawa whosmall apartment boasts of many books. “I were in the process of working on anlike the activity. I cannot help from doing animation film, ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ He alsonothing.” He has good health and a worked for a brief time at the Nationalstrong history of longevity in his family. Museum in Ottawa and can point to severalMost of his eight siblings are alive today. projects that he helped to construct. This wasNow, looking forward to his sixtieth a very healthy exposure to animation leadinganniversary he chuckles, “I thank my to attendance at the College of Art in the hopeGod!” of becoming an illustrator. Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● www.omilacombe.caThen in 1966 he experienced a profound call miraculous the recovery that happened andto religious life that “took me right out of now thirty five years later they are still It was my Mother who pointed me to There may be the occasional slip, but theythe Oblates and when I walked into Holy return to sobriety.Rosary Scholasticate for a retreat I knew thatI belonged. I felt right at home.” “The good news of what happened in Alkali Lake began to spread throughout the ShuswapHis time in the Caribou were challenging, and region, and reached out to the larger Canadianreflecting back, very life giving. The people community, reaching even Australia.” Bothof Alkali Lake had reached the point of hands a clasped on his chest. “This was a realcollapse and disintegration. “There was only journey with the people and yet when I first came it was awful.” This was also the time when he became very involved in developing the ministry of the laity. The workload became too heavy for one individual and he was blest with the arrival of St. Kateri Mitchel (a Mohawk) and Sr. Dorothy Bob (from Lillooet). Both of these St. Ann sisters were full status First Nations peoples. Together they help educate and promote strong spiritual leaders for each village. “We introduced them to the people as spiritual leaders.” Reluctantly John admits that he suffered a bit of a breakdown and needed a rest. This was also the time when the Oblate Ranch at Williams Lake was sold and the first allegations were beginning to surface. There was much stress. His next assignment was to the West side of the Fraser River with the Chillcotin peoples. John Brieux in a pensive moment. These were part of the Dene people and spoke a different language. “These were ten years inone way to go and that was up! My ministry one of the most beautiful parts of Britishfitted in as I walked with the people as they Columbia. This was the first place wherereached out for sobriety and serenity. This Christianity was planted in the center of BC.was a time when they reached back to grab a In about 1863 a Jesuit missionary had beenhold of their own spirituality and their taken by the people into the back country toculture.” With both hands moving through live with these people. There was memory ofthe air he continued, “It was almost Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● www.omilacombe.cahis presence and the memory that his native Oblate even when we know we have madename was ‘one who puts up poles.’ some serious errors. We cannot talk of the history of BC without talking about theOver his own efforts to show why he was not Oblates and the Sisters who made such ansuitable for a large urban parish, John impact.ministered at St. Augustine’s Parish inVancouver. After fifteen years of ministry he “I am proud to carry on with my brothers;took a sabbatical year by picking up his art happy to be a priest, to be an Oblate. I havestudies at Victoria College of Art. Frequently an optimistic outlook and have energy to dohe is asked, “And how is your art doing?” He what I can.”is very involved in painting and sketching.Now, he is pastor of St. Paul’s parish on theNorth Shore (Vancouver). This is a First ANNOUNCEMENT:Nations Community that involves John withFirst Nations people who are very urban. This Upcoming Discernmentis a new challenge but does allow someconnection with the art world. WeekendsJohn shares his own difficulties with the Here are two vocation discernmenthistory of our missionary work in which we opportunities for the coming months. Pleasedid not strive to inculturate the native culture, take a moment and consider who you mightapproach to spirituality, art and music into invite to be part of one of the weekends, andChristianity. “There was nothing that was so give them a call. If you have any questions regarding these retreats or vocations ministrybad. The totems identified the different please get in touch with me. Ken Thorsonfamilies. They had their own way of OMImarrying, of story telling, art and music. Weput a damper on their dancing.” There is a May 20-23… Retreat in the Rockiessigh. “In a way we sort of lost them by not The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculateintegrating them into Christianity. will host a discernment retreat in Canmore,Unfortunately, nothing of the native culture AB for young men (18 - 35 years) who arewas used.” interested in learning about discernment, and something about religious life. We’ll be“We need to learn from each other. There hiking, praying, and of course talking aboutmust be a deep conversion and renewal our journey with God, with Canmore and theamong the people. The arts can serve us well Rockies as our backdrop. Join with others likehere. These are a people who are very yourself who are seeking to know God’s willcreative and musical.” He can understand the for their lives. The weekend will begin on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and finish on Mondaydifficulties these people face in such a with lunch. Accommodation and food aredominant urban environment. “How do we provided. There is no charge for this retreat.keep our identity?” There are strong [Read More]questions in John ‘s eyes.He shakes his head when asked about his For more information or to register contact:identity as an Oblate. “I am proud of being an Fr Ken Thorson OMI at 613 884 4144 or Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. Volume 8, Number 17 May 20, 2011 175 MAIN STREET ● OTTAWA ON K1S 1C3 ● TEL: 613-230-2225 ● FAX: 613-230-2948 ● www.omilacombe.caFr Mike Dechant OMI at 780 460 4269 take us from the busy, inner city parishes Lima along the coast to Chincha, Alta, heavily damaged by the 2007 earthquake. WeJune 2-5… Seeking God’s Will in Northern will travel to the high Andes and the missionsSaskatchewan of Orcotuna and Aucayacu. Finally, we willThe Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate travel by boat to Sta. Clotilde deep in theand the Sisters of the Presentation will host a jungle along the Napo River where Fatherretreat weekend for young women and men Moe Shroder’s hospital was founded almost(18-35 years) who are interested in discerning 30 years ago. It will be the experience of aGod’s path in their lives. We’ll be camping at lifetime. For more information, contact NeysaSt John Bosco Camp, three hourse north east or Teresa at 604 736 3972 orof Saskatoon. Bosco is a northern camp set or will provide us the opportunity to listen There is also a mission trip to Kenyafor God’s voice in the beauty of nature, as September 14-October 04 led by Fr. Kenwell as in our prayer and conversation Thorson, OMI.throughout the weekend. In addition to somegood food and some good fun, this retreatweekend will offer you some principles of Qu’Appelle House of Prayer. website: discernment and prayer, and will give you the www.qhpstillness.caopportunity to spend some time talking withpriests and sisters. Please get in touch with FrKen or Sister Mary Jane for more details The Springhurst Residence, an Oblateabout the weekend. community of retired and active residents,[Read More] currently has a vacancy. We are open to applications from Oblates seeking a fullFor more information or to register contact: service facility in a welcoming, quietSr Mary Jane Beavis (306) 244 environment to enjoy retirement, pursue long0726 term studies or other employment.Fr Ken Thorson OMI (613) 8844144 The Residence is centrally located in Ottawa in a tranquil setting by the Rideau River near StVisit the website of Bountyfull House Paul’s University. Springhurst offers a spacious(Vancouver). Father Larry Mackey, Sister private suite with ensuite bathroom. MonthlyMonica Guest and the staff at Bountyfull rent includes all meals, housekeeping, laundryHouse in Vancouver, Canada have been facilities, access to chapel, shared receptionworking for over twenty years with recovery rooms and outdoor patio and garden space. Afrom all forms of addiction and abuse. level of assisted care is available as needed residents must meet established physical and Qu’Appelle House of Prayer. website:  mental criteria for independent living.www.qhpstillness.caOblate Mission Travel- Peru Mission Trip, For further information, contact MarleneJuly 2011. Experience life with the Oblates Leonard, Residence Administrator;in Peru on this 2-3 week mission trip. For Telephone: 613 567 0371 Fax: 613 567 0967more than 50 years, the Peru/Canada Oblaterelationship has flourished. This mission will Email: Page 8 of 8