The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is an international Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests and Brothers founded after the French Revolution in 1816 by St. Eugene de Mazenod to work amongst the poor. Today, they number 4,440 priests and brothers working in 71 countries. Having arrived in Canada in 1841, the Oblates currently number about 700 men. The Oblates in Canada are organized into three sections known as Oblate Provinces. They exercise very diversified ministries, but above all seek to dedicate themselves to the poor and abandoned in urban centers, in Northern Canada, and in other remote areas of the country. Oblates also work with immigrants, ethnic minorities, and First Nations peoples fulfilling their charism: “He has sent me to evangelize the poor. The poor are evangelized.”