OBLATE ENERGY FOR MISSION ABOUNDS IN BUFFALO
The Oblate community in and around the historic Holy Angels Church in Buffalo, NY is involved in a host of energetic ministries. In addition to the parish itself, (founded in 1851, it is the longest continuously serving ministry in the U.S. Province) the Oblate pre-novitiate is located here with six men in formation at the Bishop Fallon residence next to Holy Angels. Pre-novice Director, Fr. Richard Sudlik, OMI keeps them busy with classes at D’Youville College, daily Mass, and prayer, tasks to perform around the house and ministerial activities. Fr. Sudlik is assisted by Fr. Quillan Bouzi, OMI
On the weekend of September 21-22, the young men prepared supper on Saturday and Sunday and, under the direction of Fr. David Munoz, OMI, led catechesis classes on Sunday morning for the youngsters of Holy Angels Parish. During the same weekend, the Diocese of Buffalo celebrated Hispanic Heritage with a mass presided over by The Most Reverend, Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo. Oblate Fathers, James Fee (Pastor of Holy Angels) David Munoz and Steve Vasek con-celebrated at the colorful liturgy attended by hundreds of enthusiastic congregants at the diocesan parish of Holy Cross. Meanwhile, just across town, Fr. Mitch Byeck, OMI, led the celebration of the Eucharist at the long-time Oblate parish, Our Lady of Hope. Fr. Quillan Bouzi also helps out at this parish which boasts a large Latino population and a growing number of immigrants from Burma (formerly Myanmar.)
In addition to all of this, the community has been designated as one of the four new “Mission Centers” of the U.S. Province. New outreach is being planned in weekly meetings attended by Oblate Fathers, Sudlik, Bouzi, James Fee (Pastor of Holy Angels,) David Munoz (Local Director of Oblate Associates,) Steve Vasek (Mission Preacher)and from India, Fr. Antonyraj Arumainathan. When fully operational, the Mission Center will be leading and participating in new ministries outside the walls of Holy Angels, in the streets and homes of the surrounding community.