By Fr. Warren A. Brown, OMI, OMI General Councilor, Rome, Italy Assisted by Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI Fr. Pierre Yves Kéralum, OMI An important early missionary in the history of the Church of Texas is Fr. Pierre Yves Kéralum of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Born in France on March 2, 1817, he entered the seminary at the age of 30 and was sent to Texas, along with 6 other young Oblate missionaries, immediately after being ordained a priest in 1852 by the founder of the Oblates, St. Eugene de Mazenod, OMI. The first Bishop of Texas, Msgr. Jean Odin, remarked to the Oblate superior: “The first time I met your Fr. Kéralum, I took a liking to him: he is so good, so candid and above all so respectful, that one cannot help but love him with a singular affection.” Everyone who met him had the same response. His fellow priests and visiting bishops spoke of him with reverence, while the Mexican people he served called him “el Santo Padre Pedrito.” His skills acquired as a carpenter before he became a priest were put to use in the construction of what today is the cathedral church and other church buildings in Brownsville and Roma. He … Continue reading Fr. Pierre Kéralum, OMI – “El Santo Padre Pedrito”: Headed for Sainthood?
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