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On the evening of April 24, some 300 friends, family, associates, and well-wishers filled the Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel on the campus of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. The event was the Southwest Area Jubilee Celebration where 21 men were recognized for their decades of service in missions all over the world. (See the entire list of men and years at the end of this article.)
OST President, Fr. Ronald Rolheiser was the celebrant, U.S. Provincial, Very Rev. Bill Antone, and Vicar Provincial Fr. Louis Studer concelebrated.
After the celebration, Southwest Area Councilor, Fr. Art Flores, invited the crowd to a reception held in the spectacular new Whitley Theological Center on the campus of Oblate School of Theology. While photos of the Jubilarians flashed above on four giant screens, guests and celebrants enjoyed the great food and drink provided by the culinary staff of the Oblate Renewal Center, under the direction of Jenny Mattingsley.
Photos from the Jubilee Celebration:
Honorees from the Jubilee celebration included: First professions: 40 years, Father Richard Guerra, OMI
50 years, Father Richard Beck, OMI, Father John Franko, OMI, Father Vincent Louwagie, OMI, Father Paul Waldie, OMI, Father Edward Ward, OMI, and Father Paul Wilhelm, OMI
60 years, Father Richard Houlahan, OMI and Father Edward Vrazel, OMI
65 years, Father Henrik Laenen, OMI, Father Pasquale Lanese, OMI, Father John McGrath, OMI, and Father Augustin Petru, OMI
75 years, Father George Protopapas, OMI
Ordination Honorees: 40 years, Father Kenneth Hannon, OMI, Father Anthony Rigoli, OMI, and Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
50 years, Father John Castro, OMI
60 years, Father Edwin Krzewinski, OMI, and Father Hendrik Laenen, OMI
65 Years, Francis Montalbano, OMI