Bishop Celebrates Jubilees with Oblates in Belleville

Belleville, IL

By Will Shaw

Jubilarians pose with the Bishop of Belleville after Mass: (L-R) Fr. Joseph Hitpas, OMI, Most Rev. Michael McGovern, Bro Andrew Lawlor, OMI, Fr. John Madigan, OMI, Fr. Harold Fisher, OMI, Fr. Raul Salas, OMI (top), Fr. Joseph Ferraioli, OMI, Bro. Tom Ruhmann, OMI, Fr. Michael Hussey, OMI, Fr. Tom Ovalle, OMI, Fr. Jim Fee, OMI, (seated) Fr. William Woestman, OMI

The Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, the Most Rev. Michael McGovern was the special guest at the Jubilee Mass held on October 19, 2021 at the CHurch at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Fr. Jim Fee, OMI was the principal celebrant and Fr. Joe Ferraioli, OMI the homilist at the Mass attended by friends, family, co-workers, local and out-of-town Oblates and the administrative team who came for the Fall Meeting being held October 20-21 at King’s House Belleville.

After Mass all were invited to dinner at the Shrine Banquet Center where Bishop McGovern expressed his appreciation for the Oblates in the Diocese as well as his congratulations.

At the after-Mass celebration we see (L-R) Fr. David Kalert, OMI, Maureen Bacchi (presenter at the Oblate Meetings) Honorary Oblates, Betty Rule and Gwen Stauder, and Fr, Allen Maes, OMI

(L-R) (partial back to camera) U.S. Treasurer, Fr. Jim Chambers, OMI, Fr. Antonio Ponce, Fr. Mark Dean and Jubilarian, Fr. Jim Fee, OMI

(L-R) Director of Oblate Associates, Geri Furmanek, Jubilarian, Fr. Michael Hussey, OMI (standing), U.S. Provincial, Fr. Louis Studer, OMI, Bishop Michael McGovern, Shrine Director, Fr. David Uribe, OMI, and Jubilarians, Fr. George Knab, and Fr. Harold Fisher, OMI

First Vows:

70 Years

Paul Wightman, OMI

William Woestman, OMI

65 Years

Michael Hussey, OMI

60 Years

Joseph Hitpas, OMI

George Knab, OMI

50 Years

Joseph Ferraioli, OMI

John Madigan, OMI

Thomas Ovalle, OMI

Thomas Ruhmann, OMI

25 Years

Harold Fisher, OMI

Andrew Lawlor, OMI

Ordination

65 Years

Paul Wightman, OMI

William Woestman, OMI

60 Years

Michael Hussey, OMI

50 Years

James Fee, OMI

40 Years

Raul Salas, OMI