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Fr. Saturnino Lajo has been named Oblate Director at Oblate Missions in San Antonio, Texas.

“It is an honor and joy for me to come to your home as your friend and brother.” Said Fr. Lajo in his first official communication as Oblate Director to friends, supporters and benefactors of Oblate Missions. 

Fr. Saturino Lajo, OMI

Rev. Saturino Lajo, OMI

Fr. Lajo, replaces Fr. Tom Ovalle, who becomes Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.

“I come to you now as an Oblate Missionary brother, to thank you for your help and to invite you to continue as a member of our missionary family, bringing hope to the poor and most abandoned of our missions.”

Fr. Lajo, was born in Valladolid, Spain. He studied philosophy and theology at the Oblate Scholasticate in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, from 1958 until 1963 when he was ordained as an Oblate priest. He also holds a Masters of Education from Pan American University in Texas. Father Lajo arrived in Texas in 1968 and served at the Brownsville Diocese for 10 years where he developed a Spanish-language Adult Catechesis program, served as a consultant to the “Virgen de San Juan Del Valle” Shrine and produced a series of weekly radio programs distributed to 31 stations in the United States.

Most recently, you can find Fr. Lajo every weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac de San Antonio where he celebrates Spanish language masses, and hosts a series of special events throughout the year.

Since 1995, Fr. Lajo has been the Associate Director for Spanish Language Development at Oblate Missions, and today, he continues to lead Centro de Comunicación, having authored and published several books and audio courses for Adult Catechism. From 1981 to 2005, Fr. Lajo was also part of HTN, Hispanic Telecommunications Network, and served in the Board of directors, and as Executive Producer for “Nuestra Familia” a nationally syndicated TV program.

“It is an honor for me to follow in the footsteps of Father Tom Ovalle, OMI, who, with the help of your generosity, has selflessly served our missionaries and the poor as our director for the past five years. His enthusiasm and energy for the Oblate Missions is a powerful inspiration for me.” added Fr. Lajo.

As the new Oblate Director of Oblate Missions, Fr. Saturnino Lajo will continue to communicate and share the work and the needs of Oblate missionaries around the world.

“Our family – yours and mine – includes the many brothers and sisters who count on us for help and hope, oftentimes for the very food they eat to keep alive. Through your support of our Oblate Missionaries, your helping hand reaches out across this country and to the far corners of the globe to tend the poorest of the poor.”

Fr. Ovalle (L) and Fr. Lajo (R)

“I look forward to praying for you and your family and to growing closer to you as your friend and brother in the coming years. Please join me in offering heartfelt thanks to Father Tom for his devotion and service, and pray with me for continued blessings in his new mission.” said Fr. Lajo.

On a special goodbye message Fr. Tom Ovalle shared his thoughts…

“I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me and offering your unconditional support over these last 5 years. You have been and are a very important part of my life and the lives of our missionaries and the poor we serve.”

” It is with a touch of sadness that I leave this role, but it is with great joy that I introduce to you my friend Father Saturnino Lajo, OMI, as the new Oblate director. For 42 years, he has been a faithful and tireless Oblate missionary in Texas. Fr. Ovalle concluded.

>> You can read Fr. Tom Ovalle’s complete thank you card here