First Parish in Vietnam
The Missionary Oblates have been assigned their first parish in Vietnam. Phuoc Tin Parish in southern Binh Phuoc Province is now being led by Fr. Dominic Nguyen Van Loc, O.M.I. The parish serves about 1,300 Catholics.
Father Loc said the Oblates have been working in Vietnam for 15 years, but their work is limited by the government. He is hopeful that by having their own parish the Oblates will now be able to expand their evangelization work and outreach to the poor.
Beatification Process Begins for Oblate Martyr
In May the official diocesan phase of the cause for beatification was opened for Fr. Ludwik Wrodarczyk, O.M.I.
Father Wrodarczyk was born in Poland and was ordained to the priesthood in 1933. He devoted himself to all in need, and would make missionary journeys into territories occupied by the Soviet Union. In 1943 he was kidnapped by Ukrainian nationalists. After several days of harassment he was tortured to death in the woods.
Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Salcedo
In April Oblate Bp. Carlos Salcedo Ojeda was ordained the first Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Huancayo in Peru. At the time of his appointment he was serving as a parish priest in Huancayo and as Coordinator of Justice and Peace for the Oblate delegation in Peru.
Bishop Salcedo was ordained in 1996 and has served in several parishes and also as an Oblate formator in both Peru and Paraguay.
Oblates Start New Environmental Club
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si,” the Oblates have created a new club for their benefactors, Our Common Home. The club focuses on environmental initiatives in Oblate missions around the world.
To learn more about the Our Common Home, visit oblatesusa.org/ourcommonhome.
50 Years in China
The Oblate’s Hong Kong/China Delegation celebrated 50 years of missionary presence in February. The first Oblates arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines in 1966.
During the early years of the mission, the Oblates’ work focused on education and pastoral work from the chapel attached to Notre Dame College. In recent years the Oblates have become supervisor of others schools in and around Hong Kong.