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“I resisted the call, but dared to try”

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
“I resisted the call, but dared to try”

A letter by Bro. Victor Manuel Patricio Silva, OMI What can I say about myself?  I am an ordinary person like other people; a sinner striving to holiness.  I am originally from Acapulco, Mexico.  I grew up in a Catholic family of ten children who practiced their faith.  My family was n...

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Five Men Make First Religious Profession in Godfrey

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Five Men Make First Religious Profession in Godfrey

After spending a year in prayer, study and ministry at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois, five young men professed their first religious vows at St. Ambrose Church in Godfrey on August 1, 2017 before a crowd of friends, family, Oblate Associates and Oblates from around the country,...

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Fr. Saturnino Lajo, OMI, Celebrates 60 Years of Oblate Life

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Fr. Saturnino Lajo, OMI, Celebrates 60 Years of Oblate Life

Oblate Missions and Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto are blessed to have had the opportunity to celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass in honor of Fr. Saturnino Lajo, OMI, in his 60 years of Oblate Missionary life. Despite the sweltering temperatures we experienced yesterday, Sunday July 30, the Mass was...

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Oblate Martyrs of Laos Beatified

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Martyrs of Laos Beatified

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 un...

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Oblate Highlights: Fr. Charles Burrows, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Fr. Charles Burrows, OMI

Father Charles Patrick Burrows, OMI was born and raised in Ireland.  The missionary priest moved to Indonesia nearly 45 years ago in hopes to alleviate the extreme poverty in Central Java province’s Cilacap Regency.  Since that time he has made an incredible difference in the lives of ...

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Where is our Forest?

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Where is our Forest?

In Zambia’s Mongu Diocese, Bp. Evans Chinyemba, OMI has been a strong advocate for the protection of the environment. He has spoken out against government and business leaders who see the land as a source of profit instead of a common benefit to be shared by all people. Here Bp. Chinyemb...

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Three-Part Harmony Farm Celebrates Bounty

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Three-Part Harmony Farm Celebrates Bounty

Three Part Harmony farm is a vegetable operation located on land at the Missionary Oblates’ Provincial House in Washington D.C. The urban agricultural project is operated by Gail Taylor, who writes about happenings at the farm during the past year. In August, the farm installed a new dri...

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Oblates Give Miners A Voice

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblates Give Miners A Voice

The Missionary Oblates are expanding their role as advocates for the rights of miners around the world. Father Seamus Finn, OMI of the U.S. Oblates’ Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office, participated in a day of reflection on the mining industry sponsored by the Pontifical Cou...

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Fr. Billy Morell, OMI, at Mazenod College in Australia

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Fr. Billy Morell, OMI, at Mazenod College in Australia

A letter from Fr. Billy Morell, OMI, who is visiting Oblates in Australia. Silence. It’s not a word you’d associate with 1,400 high school boys packed into a gym… but then, maybe there’s something special in Australian water! If it had happened in only one Oblate college (high scho...

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An OMSI traveler “down-under” with the Rosies

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
An OMSI traveler “down-under” with the Rosies

A letter from Fr. Billy Morell, OMI, who is visiting Oblates in Australia. “Jumping for joy” is not a phrase I would immediately associate with St Eugene, at least not from what little I know of his stature and temperament!  But still, the phase comes to mind as I moved around the “...

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