Fr Mark Blom was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and raised in Saskatoon.
At twenty-one he left home to learn to be a meat cutter in North Battleford, Sk. It was there that he met the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Fr Mark studied philosophy in Mission BC, and theology in Edmonton and Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002.
He worked on the Oblate youth team and Oblate parish-mission team in the Edmonton area in his first five years of ministry.
He then served as pastor of two parishes in Northern Saskatchewan for six years working mostly with Cree people.
He was recently appointed Vocation Director for the Oblates in OMI Lacombe Province, Canada.
He lives in St. Albert, Alberta with brother Oblates.
Feel free to contact Fr Mark if you'd like to talk about a vocation with the Oblates.
"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
- Pope John XXIII
"Here is the Christian invitation, therefore, no longer to live at the surface, not to live at the level of glitter and triviality, but to be filled with the peace and the love of God…"
- John Main OSB
"Wherever we work, our mission is especially to those people whose condition cries out for salvation and for the hope which only Jesus Christ can fully bring. These are the poor with their many faces; we give them our preference."
- Oblate Rule C.5
The central desire in the life of St Eugene de Mazenod, the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, was helping people to see who they were in the eyes of God. In his 1813 Ash Wednesday Homily spoke these words to the poor and forgotten of Aix en Provence in France:
"You are creatures of God, and you are God's children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ... you are kings, you are priests, you are, in a way, Gods... Within each of you there is an immortal soul, made in the image of God whom it is destined one day to possess, a soul which has been redeemed at the cost of the Blood of Christ... God alone is worthy of your soul. Only God can satisfy your heart.
We are missionaries. We began 188 years ago, on January 25, 1816, when Father Eugene de Mazenod and four companions came together to preach missions in Provencal, in the rural countryside of southern France. And currently, how many are we? Where are we? What do we do?
We are 4,440 Oblates in all - young men, old men, Oblates in formation, priests, Brothers! Of this total, almost 600 are in formation, having already made their first commitment.