Our Story

Young OA's as in BookletSeven intelligent mountain girls with little formal education began a missionary adventure in 1865. They “left their boats” in in France and headed for Bulgaria where their mission was to work for Unity between Rome and the Orthodox world – but with the words of our Founder in their ears – that their mission should continue to the “Great Walls of China” – in other words, to the whole known world!

Adapting from teaching poor village children to the opening of field hospitals during the Balkan wars, they continued with courage and imagination to the point that the Oblates of the Assumption work today in 26 countries across four continents – having opened two communities in China in 2014 fulfilling the prophesy of their founder Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon.

Silence by the communist regime for 40 years, they survived prison and some lived clandestinely to “rise again” with new vigor at the fall of the regime .

Adapting to the needs in different mission fields, we continue to work alongside our Brothers. We teach, nurse, work in speech therapy, radiology, rural development, journalism, radio – in short use any skills we have as a means of working for the “Coming of the Kingdom”.

“What foolishness to dare this with a handful of poor girls!
God uses all sorts of means and will even use you”.
– Emmanuel d’Alzon to the first Oblates.