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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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Oblates Preserve Mother Teresa’s Legacy

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblates Preserve Mother Teresa’s Legacy

        When Mother Teresa was canonized on September 4, she was given the ultimate title – Saint.  But to Fr. Edward Randall, O.M.I. she had a much simpler title – Friend. For 15 years Fr. Randall and Mother Teresa maintained one of the most unlikely of friendships.  She ...

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St. Joseph the Worker Shrine: Serving the Working Class for 60 Years

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
St. Joseph the Worker Shrine: Serving the Working Class for 60 Years

            “Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28   The Missionary Oblates who work at St. Joseph the Worker Shrine base their ministry on the above Bible verse.  For 60 years they have operated the shrine in d...

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Oblate Highlights: Bishop Valentine Kalumba, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Bishop Valentine Kalumba, OMI

  Bishop Valentine Kalumba, O.M.I. considers himself to be a “human resource manager” for God. That’s because he views his job as Bishop of Livingstone, Zambia as a manager, linking people with the resources they need to deepen their faith and improves their lives.  “The bes...

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Fire destroys chapel in La Morita, Tijuana

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Fire destroys chapel in La Morita, Tijuana

From Father Jesse Esqueda, OMI. July 24, 2016. “As I participate in the World Youth Event in Poland, I was given THE SAD NEWS that one of our Chapels, together with the new classrooms and 11 homes, went up in flames yesterday. The chapel of San Martin de Porres is located in the poor...

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