Jubilee Celebration at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Photos and Story By Will Shaw

Seated (L-R): Oblate Fathers Don Dietz, John Madigan.  Standing (L-R): Oblate Fathers, Tom Singer, Sherman Wall, Urban Figge, Thomas Ovalle, George Knab, Art Flores, Joe Ferraioli, Lon Konold.  (Not pictured; Fr. James Lantsberger, OMI, Archbishop Roger Schwietz, OMI, Fr. Patrick Casey, OMI, Fr. Gregory Gallagher, OMI

Fellow Oblates, friends and family gathered at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois on September 13, 2017 to celebrate men who’ve given their lives in service to the Church. Ten of the fourteen men celebrating jubilees were in attendance for the special Mass and reception afterwards.

Jubilarian, Fr. George Knab was the principle celebrant, and fellow Jubilarian, Fr. Lon Konold was the homilist.

The Jubilarians this year were as follows:

Fr. Thomas Singer, OMI Celebrating 65 years of religious life and 60 years as a priest

Fr. James Lantsberger, OMI (not attending)  Celebrating 65 years of religious life and 60 years as a priest.

Fr. Urban Figge, OMI Celebrating 65 years of religious life and 60 years as a priest

Fr. Sherman Wall, OMI Celebrating 65 years of religious life and 60 years as a priest.

Fr. Donald Dietz, OMI Celebrating 60 years of priesthood

Fr. George Knab, OMI Celebrating 50 years of priesthood

Archbishop Roger Schwietz, OMI (Ret.) (Not attending) Celebrating 50 years of priesthood.

Fr. Joseph Ferraioli, OMI Celebrating 40 years of priesthood.

Fr. John Madigan, OMI Celebrating 40 years of priesthood.

Fr. Lon Konold, OMI Celebrating 40 years of priesthood

Fr. Patrick Casey, OMI (Not attending) Celebrating 40 years of priesthood

Fr. Arthur Flores, OMI Celebrating 25 years of priesthood.

Fr. Gregory Gallagher, OMI (Not attending) Celebrating 25 years of priesthood.

Prior to Mass, Jubilarian Fr. Art Flores, OMI (L) chats with Fr. Dale Schlitt, OMI

Waiting for Mass to begin are Jubilarians (L-R) Fr. John Madigan, Fr. Urban Figge, Fr. Tom Singer

Jubilarian, Fr. George Knab (L) was the principle celebrant, Fr. Jim Brobst, OMI (R) acted as Master of Ceremonies.

Jubilarian, Fr. Joe Ferraioli was the Lector

Jubilarian, Fr. Sherman Wall read the Intercessions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jubilarian, Fr. Lon Konold delivers his homily