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The Future of… Bro. Vincent Fernandez Adaikalasamy

 Alejandro Calderon
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When a man decides to become a Missionary Oblate, he must be willing to give up most of his worldly possessions in order to follow his calling. That wasn’t a problem for Bro. Vincent Fernandez Adaikalasamy, O.M.I.

When Bro. Vincent left his home in India for the Oblate formation program, he was able to pack everything he owned into one small travel bag. “It was so small it didn’t even have any wheels,” jokes Bro. Vincent.

Today Bro. Vincent is finishing his last year of studies at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He recently moved into the new Oblate Seminary Residences and is grateful that he can share his culture and heritage with other seminarians from around the world.

Brother Vincent is from a rural community in Nettelakurichi, India. He comes from a traditional Catholic family and had wanted to be a priest since grade school when he was an altar boy. Throughout his childhood he knew nothing about the Missionary Oblates, whose closest ministry was more than 300 miles away.

“The first time I met the Oblates was when the Vocation Director addressed us at my high school,” said Bro. Vincent. “Even though many priests from different religious congregations were there, I preferred to be an Oblate. The Oblates’ service to the most abandoned in the world attracted me.”

Brother Vincent didn’t ponder his decision to join the Oblates long. Within just a few days of meeting the vocation director, he had his one bag packed and headed for the Oblate Juniorate.

From 2010-2012 Bro. Vincent completed his academic requirements, earning both a diploma degree from De Mazenod Institute of Philosophy and a B.A. in English Literature from Annamali University. In 2013 he did his regency at an Oblate mission station in Andhra Pradesh where he worked as a teacher and was in charge of the boarding students. He also assisted at the local parish.

Brother Vincent then came to the United States to discern his calling at the Oblate Novitiate. He spent the next three years as a student at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.

When Bro. Vincent heads to his next assignment it could be back in India, in the United States or somewhere else in the world. He will be ready, although he might have to buy a bigger travel bag, maybe one even with wheels. “I’ve got more books now,” he said.