Oblates Bid Farewell to Santa Rosa

By Fr. Nicholas Harding, OMI On  Thursday,  June 25, 2020  Oblates had a farewell dinner at Santa Rosa Hall with lay leadership, including Oblate Associates.. The number of people was limited to due Coronavirus restrictions. There were speeches, testimonies, anecdotes and bittersweet, tearful moments  giving thanks for 95 years of OMIs at Santa Rosa.  Carlos Alarcon commented a bishop once described Santa Rosa as “un jardin de rosas de Dios.” Fr. Luis Valbuena, OMI On Friday, June 26, at the Eucharist we were honored by the presence of our regional Bishop Alejandro Aclan and  retired Bishop Gerald Wilkerson.   Bishop Wilkerson repeated several times he was “heart-broken” that the Oblates were leaving.  Fr Luis Valbuena, having served since 1966 in the San Fernando Valley, recited an impressive litany of OMI accomplishments in the area:  the various parishes, the Occupational Center (first bilingual in USA, estimated one million who have benefitted from the human integral development offered),  the High Schools, Credit Union (millions loaned), Santa Rosa Scholarship Association, hospital chaplaincy.  Santa Rosa was the center for Rescue and Relief after the 1972 Earthquake (President Richard Nixon bestowed  a recognition on Santa Rosa…not to cause envy in other Oblate parishes). Fr. Tom Rush … Continue reading Oblates Bid Farewell to Santa Rosa