O.M.I. PRIESTS BRING VISION TO AN ECOLOGICAL CENTER
THE MISSIONARY OBLATES of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.s) run a nature preserve and learning center in Godfrey, Illinois that is dedicated to a big vision of ecological justice. La Vista Ecological Center in Godfrey, a small town just north of St. Louis, hopes to spread respect for the natural world and
be a place of refuge for both people and native species. La Vista is also located within 255 acres of O.M.I.
property that includes the O.M.I. formation house, which serves as the training grounds for men who have
joined the community. The proximity ensures that new priests and brothers are exposed to and often
involved in the center.
In 2002 the O.M.I. priests and brothers launched La Vista (Spanish for “The View” because the property
is on bluffs above the Mississippi River). The center keeps open a nature preserve that guards native
habitat, hosts a community garden, encourages on-site retreats, offers opportunities to learn more about
environmental issues and related spirituality, and encourages volunteers to get their hands dirty while
keeping the operation afloat.
a nature preserve
in Godfrey, Illinois
that was formed by
a land contribution
of the O.M.I. priests
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