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The Favelas Are My Kind of Place

 by Alejandro Calderon
The Favelas Are My Kind of Place

As Superior General of the Missionary Oblates, Fr. Louis Lougen, O.M.I. works among the grandeur of Rome. His office is just a few blocks from the Vatican, a long way away from the 18 years he ministered in the favelas (shanty towns) of Brazil. When asked recently if he would rather minist...

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Sailing Away to A Missionary Life

 by Alejandro Calderon

For six years Bro. Daniel Bourg, O.M.I. was a member of the U.S. Navy. He spent much of that time aboard the USS Enterprise, working as a steam/propulsion mechanical operator. It was his job to help make the ship go. Today, Bro. Daniel is an Oblate seminarian whose path to the priesthood i...

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Oblate Bring Word of God to New Brazil Ministry

 by Alejandro Calderon
Oblate Bring Word of God to New Brazil Ministry

Father Tony Rendon, O.M.I. was named Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the Diocese of Caico in the northeast section of Brazil. The parish is located on the periphery of Caico and the parish territory is vast, about 9,000 square miles with a population of over 300,000 people. There...

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The Future of… Bro. Vincent Fernandez Adaikalasamy

 by Alejandro Calderon
The Future of… Bro. Vincent Fernandez Adaikalasamy

When a man decides to become a Missionary Oblate, he must be willing to give up most of his worldly possessions in order to follow his calling. That wasn’t a problem for Bro. Vincent Fernandez Adaikalasamy, O.M.I. When Bro. Vincent left his home in India for the Oblate formation program,...

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Sacrificing Everything

 by Alejandro Calderon
Sacrificing Everything

“I know exactly what death means, and I know that if life flowers from death, I will die every day from dawn to dusk, drawing strength from the Bread who is Victim, that is the Sacrament of Love, of Suffering and from that I will draw the strength to love, to suffer, to do the will of the Father.”

When she was in first grade, Lucia Borzaga would attend Mass presided by her older brother, Mario. Mario was in the fifth grade at the time, and Mass was held under the kitchen table. Mario would use a stool as an altar, and kitchen utensils were his props. Lucia would attend Mass under th...

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Celebrating the 50th Jubilee Year in India

 by Alejandro Calderon

The Indian Oblate Mission was founded 50 years ago by the then Provincial of Sri Lanka, Fr. Anthony Fernando, O.M.I. The first two pioneer Oblate missionaries, Frs. Emmanuel Mariampillai and Stanislaus Philips, set foot in India on June 29, 1968. They were officially installed in a simple ...

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Parents present their children to the Lord at Lourdes Grotto/Tepeyac de San Antonio

 by Vicky Grady
Parents present their children to the Lord at Lourdes Grotto/Tepeyac de San Antonio

It is already a tradition: Parents present their children to the Lord at the Lourdes Grotto/Tepeyac de San Antonio. On the Sunday closest to February 2nd, parents who come to the Spanish Mass at the Lourdes Grotto/Tepeyac de San Antonio are invited to present their children – from one mo...

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Pope Francis Visits with the Oblates in Chile

 by Vicky Grady
Pope Francis Visits with the Oblates in Chile

In the city of Iquique Chile, the Missonary Oblates are responsible for a small shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.  On January 18, their small shrine became the focal point of the entire Catholic world. Pope Francis chose to make a stop at the shrine and to visit with the Oblates d...

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Donor Highlight – Sally Gomez-Jung

 by Vicky Grady
Donor Highlight – Sally Gomez-Jung

Sally Gomez-Jung is a former professor of Pastoral Education at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. She is also an Oblate Associate, a lay-collaborator who through prayer and outreach shares in the ministries of the Missionary Oblates. Sally writes here about a recent visit sh...

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Oblate Highlights: Fr. Pat Casey, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Fr. Pat Casey, OMI

Father Pat Casey, OMI, was inspired to become a priest while living in a hell on earth. For 13 months Fr. Pat was a medic on the frontlines of the Vietnam War.  He worked in a mobile hospital that was the target of attacks by suicide bombers.  He rappelled out of helicopters to reach th...

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