The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded in southern France in 1816, are present in 60 countries around the world ministering to the poor and celebrated 200 years in 2016. Missionary Oblate Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) coordinates the advocacy and animation efforts of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the United States.
Based in Washington, DC we serve as a resource for members of the Oblate congregation and support their community organizing efforts in the US. We do this through our faith consistent investing initiative; networking and collaboration with both faith-based and secular groups; global policy advocacy with governments and international organizations and support of two ecological programs in Godfrey, IL and Washington, DC.
Integrity of Creation
In late 2001 an ecological ministry, La Vista Ecological Learning Center was established on the Novitiate grounds in Godfrey, IL, offering earth literacy programs and a Community Supported Garden (CSA). The Community Supported Garden at La Vista distributes shares of sustainably grown vegetables to local families, some low income, and hundreds of pounds of surplus vegetables are donated to a local food pantry every year.
With the support of Oblates that provided 2-acres of land at its Washington, DC residence, our other ecological partner, Three Part Harmony Farm, is celebrating its 5th year in existence. In 2016 the farm harvested 7,576 pounds of produce and donated nearly 900 pounds to local organizations.
Our leadership attends and gives talks at major global gatherings such the World Social Forum, World Mining conference, UN Paris Climate Conference and Vatican sponsored conferences. They also conduct workshops and offer retreats to church groups and parishes around the country and engage with corporations and other major financial institutions. Articles and opinion pieces from OMI JPIC staff has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, Vatican Radio, PBS, Huffington Post and the UK Guardian.
Faith Consistent Investing / Corporate Engagement
Our OIP Investment Trust was established to manage the long-term financial assets of the Oblate Congregation including its constituent provinces and delegations, Roman Catholic related organizations, ministries, religious orders and dioceses. It currently serves over 200 Roman Catholic related organizations, institutions, and ministries providing professional faith consistent investment management of their financial resources.
At the onset, the fund invested primarily in fixed income securities domiciled in Canada and Germany, but has evolved. Today the OIP Investment Trust offers a globally diversified fund investing in over 80 countries across multiple asset classes including both liquid and illiquid assets.
Through shareholder resolutions, dialogues and proxy voting, we hold companies accountable on their social and environmental impacts. Proxy voting is one way the OIP Investment trust encourages ethical behaviors of corporation and the OIP Investment Trust votes over 500 proxies each year, consistent with the faith consistent investment mandate of the organization.
We regularly collaborate with partner organizations on campaigns, research and advocacy, allowing us to do far more than we could alone. Our networks have actively taken action on such issues as: support of humanitarian aid to refugees; authorizing the Urban Agriculture and DC Food Security Bill of 2014; protecting health care providers from being penalized for their stance on performing abortions; calling for transparency in the global seafood supply chain; and protecting Haitians in the U.S. from deportation after Hurricane Matthew in 2015.
More examples of our partnership and global advocacy work are:
- Helping Virginians secure needed funding from General Electric
- Letter to corporate members of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh
- Days of Reflection on mining organized by the Vatican
- Ongoing collaboration with the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace
- Day of Reflection with the Church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury
- Regional meetings with companies and faith communities
- Mine Site Visits at the invitation of the Mining Companies in Africa, Latin America, and Australia
- Interfaith Meetings