Photos From the January “Come and See” in San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

 Photos by Fr. Richard Hall, OMI and Irma Noyola

Oblates and discerners pose for a group photo during the Come and See Experience in San Antonio

Over the weekend of January 17-19, young men from around the country descended on San Antonio, Texas to see and hear all about the history, ministries and charism of the Missionary Oblates as they consider their call to a religious vocation.

The photos below, provided by Vocation Director, Fr. Richard Hall, OMI, and local USP Office Manager, Irma Noyola offer a look at a few of the many activities held for these young men over the weekend.

Vocation Director, Fr. Jesse Esqueda, OMI provides some background and history for the visitors in one of the conference rooms at the Oblate Retreat Center.

Local Oblate Associates joined scholastics and Oblates in welcoming the visitors

(L-R) Visiting with the young men and enjoying the snacks are: Fr. Vincent Louwagie, OMI, Fr. Tuan Pham, OMI Vocation Director, Sch. Bro Democracy Mudenda, San Antonio USP Office Manager, Irma Noyola, and Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, Superior of the Bl. Mario Borzaga Formation Community

The young men participated in practical ministry by preparing meals for the poor at San Juan de los Lagos Parish

The young men got to see San Fernando Cathedral, in downtown San Antonio

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI talks to the men during their visit to St. Mary’s Parish which is located just off the famous Riverwalk in San Antonio.

Mass for the dicerners concelebrated by (L-R) Fr. Jesse Esqueda, OMI, Vocation Director, Fr. Art Flores, OMI, Vicar-provincial, Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, and Vocation Directors, Fr. Richard Hall OMI and Fr. Tuan Pham, OMI