The Oblates of St Francis de Sales
The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales trace their roots to the dream of St. Francis. It was a dream born of the conviction - that all people, of every social stratum, of every position, of every job, talent, or condition, we're called to holiness. He did it by preaching, teaching, and writing, which reflects the love of God, and the characteristics of gentleness and equanimity. He died before our Order was founded, so the Visitation Nuns kept the dream alive until their chaplain. Father Brisson founded our Order in 1873.
The Oblates came to the United States in 1893. Our first high school, founded in 1906, was Salesianum in Wilmington, Delaware. This was followed by North Catholic and Father Judge in Philadelphia, Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Virginia, Paul VI in Fairfax, Virginia, and Bishop Verot in Fort Myers, Florida. In 1962, the Oblates founded DeSales University near Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Oblate Order serves in 15 countries: USA, Brazil, Namibia, South Africa, India, Germany, France, Italy, Benin, Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, Haiti, Uruguay, and the Principality of Monaco. The Oblates now staffs eight parishes throughout the Raleigh Diocese.