Story and photos by Geri Furmanek, National Director of Mission Enrichment and Oblate Associates
A celebration of Oblate Associate Veronica Ehrhart’s recommitment to living the charism of St. Eugene and apostolic spirituality in the Missionary Oblate tradition was held the afternoon of Thursday, August 22, 2013. What made the simple ceremony so impressive were the many people who came together to make the day special.
Veronica lives at Normandie Ridge in York, Pennsylvania, a Senior Living Center sponsored by the Methodist community. Some would consider getting around in a wheelchair impeding. However, it doesn’t stop Associate Veronica from her apostolic outreach to assist the chaplain in the pastoral care of Catholics who reside there. In his remarks, Chaplain David Brinker thanked “Ronnie” for this ministry.
“This is a prime example of how it is quality versus quantity when it comes to Oblate Associates” says National Director for Associates, Geri Furmanek. “Veronica may actually see an Oblate every two years when she makes her re-commitment, but she is in contact with the National Office almost weekly to receive information, updates and coordinate her commitment ceremony. She is only one, but her impact on the people she encounters is far-reaching. St. Eugene would be proud at such evangelization!”
Sincere gratitude to all who worked at making the day a wonderful celebration: Fr. Bill Antone, O.M.I., Provincial of the U.S. Province, along with Fr. Greg Gallagher, O.M.I., Councilor for Mission and Ministry, and Fr. Subash Gomes, O.M.I. visiting from Bangladesh. Also, Rev. Brinker, the staff in Personal Care that assist Veronica on a daily basis, the Normandie Ridge Chorus led by Inga Miller, the dietary staff who provided refreshments and the many residents who attended and are a support to Ronnie.