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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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Struggle and Hope: The People Served by the Oblates in Tijuana

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Struggle and Hope: The People Served by the Oblates in Tijuana

When Fr. Jesse Esqueda, OMI, talks about his ministry in Tijuana, Mexico he can recite a lot of numbers about the impact the Missionary Oblates are making in the area.  There are 200,000 people living within the parish boundaries.  In a typical year the Oblates help provide 10,000 visits...

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Donor Highlight: Robert & Ruth Kusenberger

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Donor Highlight: Robert & Ruth Kusenberger

Robert and Ruth Kusenberger have lived lives full of blessings.  And many of those blessings have come courtesy of the Missionary Oblates.  Now the Kusenbergers are sharing their blessings to preserve the impact of the Oblates for many years to come. “For us this is payback time,” sa...

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Bringing “Angel Love” To China’s Children

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Bringing “Angel Love” To China’s Children

In mega-cities and rural villages, Missionary Oblates are improving the educational opportunities for some of China’s most vulnerable children. In the city of Guangzhou, population 14 million, the Oblates have opened the Angel’s Love Center.  Angel’s Love provides a place for childr...

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A message to all our brothers and sisters affected by recent disasters…

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
A message to all our brothers and sisters affected by recent disasters…

As a member of the extended Oblate Mission’s family, you have been in my thoughts and prayers during the tragic storms which swept through the Texas gulf region, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Georgia, parts of Alabama and South Carolina; and the two massive earthquakes that shook ...

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Oblate Highlights: Fr. Mariusz Bosek, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Fr. Mariusz Bosek, OMI

Father Mariusz Bosek, OMI is not a numbers guy.  He’s a people person.  How else to explain his dramatic ministry change. After being ordained in 2003, Fr. Mariusz was assigned to St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Siedlce, Poland.  The parish is one of the largest in Poland, wit...

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