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Oblates Rebuilding in Haiti – Again

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblates Rebuilding in Haiti – Again

In 2010 an earthquake destroyed St. Anthony of Padoua Parish in Fond-Oies, Haiti.  Thirty parishioners were killed, and all of the buildings were reduced to rubble. For years worshippers used a makeshift building made with USAID tarpaulins on the side and sheet metal on top.  The parish ...

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Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz, OMI: Celebrating 50 Years of Oblate Ministry

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz, OMI: Celebrating 50 Years of Oblate Ministry

Over the past 50 years, there have been a lot of different titles in front of Roger Schwietz’s name – Father, Bishop, Coadjutor Archbishop, Archbishop and Archbishop Emeritus.  But there has been only one title behind his name during that time – O.M.I. (Oblate of Mary Immaculate). T...

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Oblate Highlights: Brother Cosmas Kithinji Kubai

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Brother Cosmas Kithinji Kubai

Oblate Scholastic Cosmas Kithinji Kubai has wanted to be a priest ever since he was a young boy.  In fact, his first career goal was to become a “small priest.” Cosmas grew up on a small farm in Meru, Kenya.  He loved going to Mass with his parents and siblings and was envious of the...

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China Little Flower Orphanage

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
China Little Flower Orphanage

In Beijing, China, volunteers, medical staff and employees have come together to ensure the safety and protection of the most vulnerable of God’s children. For over 20 years the China Little Flower Orphanage has provided hospice care and medical care for infants, educational foster care...

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Oblate Highlights: Fr. Philip Singarayar, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Fr. Philip Singarayar, OMI

For a time in the 1980s, Fr. Philip Singarayar, O.M.I. was a man without a country. Father Philip was studying Pastoral Counseling in the United States.  When his courses were over he planned to go home, but that never happened. Originally from Sri Lanka, Fr. Philip couldn’t go there b...

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Media Ministry Helps Poor in Philippines

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Media Ministry Helps Poor in Philippines

Father Jonathan Domingo O.M.I. is the head of a large, multi-channel media empire in the Philippines.  But he doesn’t talk or act like a typical chief executive officer. “Most media companies are accountable first to their shareholders and to advertisers,” said Fr. Domingo.  “We...

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Outreach to the homeless

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Outreach to the homeless

Parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in London, England have an outreach ministry with the Ashford Place homeless shelter.   Father Terry Murray, O.M.I. writes about this partnership: Following the example of Pope Francis, who constantly encourages followers of Jesus to look for ways to r...

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Six New Novices Received at Novitiate

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Six New Novices Received at Novitiate

  On August 17, 2016, six young men stood before a group of local Oblates and requested admittance to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois. By participating in the Rite of Reception, the men pledged to spend the next year in study, prayer and discernment at the ...

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Oblate Highlights: Nishan Priyadarshana Angodage

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Nishan Priyadarshana Angodage

As a child, Nishan Priyadarshana Angodage was clear about one thing – he wanted to be a priest.  What religion was a little more fuzzy. Nishan grew up in Buttala, Sri Lanka, a village where more than 99-percent of the people are Buddhists.  His mother is Buddhist and she would take him...

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OST holds memorial mass for Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
OST holds memorial mass for Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI

Earlier today at 11:40 AM, a memorial mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel in the Oblate School of Theology (OST) in San Antonio, Texas, to celebrate the life of Fr. Kennedy Muma Chalwe Katongo, OMI. Fr. Kennedy, the Director General Service of Justice, Peace and the Integrit...

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