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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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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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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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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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Seminarian Profile: Marcario Mumba Sausande

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Seminarian Profile: Marcario Mumba Sausande

Macario Sausande is the youngest in a family of nine, comprising seven boys and two girls.  “I come from a family of devout Catholics and I really thank both parents for teaching me the Catholic faith,” he shares. “My desire to become a priest can be traced from the time when I ...

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Oblate Highlights: Fr. Marek Stroba, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Fr. Marek Stroba, OMI

Father Marek Stroba, O.M.I. is the ultimate traveling salesman for Christ. Since his ordination in 1985, Fr. Marek has taken the Word of God from his native Poland to small villages in Africa, farming communities and inner cities in the United States, one of the most impoverished neighborh...

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Oblate Highlights: Fr. Anton Litvinov, OMI

 by Abril Villarreal-Medina
Oblate Highlights: Fr. Anton Litvinov, OMI

Father Anton Litvinov, O.M.I. is a new Oblate priest.  And he is already an important figure in the history of the Catholic Church. Father Litvinov was ordained on May 7, 2016.  He is believed to be the first person born in Turkmenistan to ever be ordained a Catholic priest. “I rejoice...

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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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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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