Catholic Pocket Dictionary – Oblate Fathers


This is a congregation of secular priests, who “offer” themselves to the bishop, to be employed by him in any part of the diocese he may choose, and upon any work which he may commit to them. Saint Charles Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, having found in his large diocese, parts of which were greatly neglected or totally abandoned, the need of a band of zealous self-sacrificing laborers, who would be ready to go and do at once whatever he commanded them to do, founded this congregation of “Oblates of the Blessed Virgin and Saint Ambrose” in 1578. He established them in the church and presbytery of the Holy Sepulchre at Milan. Dividing the congregation into six “assemblies,” he directed that two of these should always remain in the community house in the city, while the four others were at work in other parts of the diocese.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “Oblate Fathers”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>