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Southwest Area Jubilee Celebration

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Southwest Area Jubilee Celebration

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7PM, the annual Jubilee Celebration for Oblates of the Southwest Area took place at the Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel, on the grounds of the Oblate School of Theology. This year we celebrated a combined total of 1,170 years of service! Hundreds of gues...

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A special visit from Fr. Mariusz Bosek, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
A special visit from Fr. Mariusz Bosek, OMI

This week Oblate Missions was pleased to receive the surprise visit from Father Mariuz Bosek, OMI. Fr. Bosek is a native of Tychy, Poland, where he was ordained priest in 2003. He also spent many years serving the missions of Uruguay, where he learned Spanish, converted scores of community...

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Transporting Missionaries for 90 Years

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Transporting Missionaries for 90 Years

In 1927, Fr. Paul Schulte, O.M.I. was distressed that so many missionary activities could not take place because of a lack of transportation.  So he started an organization to solve the problem.  During the first year, he gave away 12 bicycles. Since those humble beginnings, MIVA (Missio...

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Holy Week 2017

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Holy Week 2017

On April 9th, we celebrated a set of special Masses for Palm Sunday. As it has become tradition, Fr. Leo Perez (in English) and Fr. Nino Lajo (in Spanish) reminded us of Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem to fulfill the Paschal Mystery. These celebrations gave start to this year’s Ho...

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Oblates in Venezuela

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblates in Venezuela

Father Javier Alvarez Lodeiro, OMI, Superior of the Oblate mission in Venezuela, tells of the tensions and the difficulties our Oblates there face each day. Waiting and discouragement.  These two words could define the situation in Venezuela, given the rapid worsening of the situation.  ...

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Oblate “Radio Liseli”

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Oblate “Radio Liseli”

By Fr. Barnabas Simatende, OMI, Director of Oblate Radio Liseli Oblate Radio Liseli in Zambia was established principally to evangelize the communities in the Western Province, as the Missionary Oblates have always found rural villages hard to reach due to seasonal floods, bad terrain and ...

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A Dream Finally Realized

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
A Dream Finally Realized

In 1978, Fr. Nicholapillai Arulnesan, O.M.I. bought 50 acres of land in Iyakachchi, Sri Lanka.  He had a dream of creating a goat farm that would benefit people in the community.  But because of civil war, Fr. Arulnesan never saw his dream realized before his death in 2006. Last year, th...

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The Oblate Charism at the Service of the Poor

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
The Oblate Charism at the Service of the Poor

            In September 2016, Fr. Kennedy Katongo, O.M.I. died of a heart attack at the Oblate General House in Rome.  He was just 36 years old.   A Native of Zambia, Fr. Kennedy was the Director of the Oblates international Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Of...

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Join the 2017 Oblate Musical

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Join the 2017 Oblate Musical

Come join the 2017 Oblate Musical! This year’s marks the 11th Lourdes Production, featuring the world famous show “Jesus Christ Superstar.” But what is the Oblate Musical? O.M.C. is a week-long summer program, June 11-17th, 2017 for teenage students who exhibit vocal and ...

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Oblate Highlights: Superior General Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Superior General Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

As Superior General of the Missionary Oblates, Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI said God has written an important part of his job description: “The Spirit at work among us will do infinitely more than we can hope for or imagine.” (Eph. 3:20) Father Lougen is relying on the Spirit, and his brother...

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