Oblates of St. Francis de Sales


Name of Congregation: Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

Active or contemplative: Active

What is the timeframe your congregation has served the Diocese of Arlington?
About 65 years; OSFS were here prior to establishment of the Diocese of Arlington.

What type of ministry does/did your congregation carry out in the Diocese of Arlington? 
High schools, parishes, and chancery

Describe the charism of your congregation:

To "Live Jesus" by embracing and sharing the joyful and optimistic spirituality of the Gentleman Saint, Francis de Sales.

Institutions in the Diocese of Arlington in which your congregation has served, primarily:

  • Bishop Ireton - part of the founding
  • St. Paul VI High School
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vienna (from 2nd pastor on)
  • St. John Newmann, Reston was founded under the ministry of OSFS

Religious from your congregation who have served for a significant amount of time in the Diocese of Arlington:

  • Fr. William J. Metzger (teacher, then Principal of Bishop Ireton; pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel)
  • Fr. Mark S. Mealey (Tribunal, Judicial Vicar)

 For more information about the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, visit: www.oblates.org.