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The word oblate* is from the Latin oblatus - 'someone who has been offered' - in this case to God. It is included in the name of the congregation called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). They arrived in Fremantle in 1894, and have since then (except for a short period) been responsible for the St Patrick's parish, including the Basilica. The congregation was created by Eugene de Mazenod, who in 1816 founded the Religious Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. There are two Mazenod Colleges named after him in Australia, one in Mulgrave, Vic., the other in Lesmurdie. Another two OMI schools are Iona College in Brisbane and St Eugene College, also in Brisbane.

References and Links

OMI website.

See also: St Patrick's Basilica, Mazenod School.

*Although it is the 'same' word, the one meaning 'flattened at the poles' as in 'the earth is an oblate sphere' has had a slightly different etymological journey from the one that means 'offered', the first coming directly from modern Latin oblatus from ob- 'inversely' - latus 'carried', the other via French from oblatus as the past participle of Latin offerre - 'to offer'.

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