Photos and Text By Fr. Bill Morell, OMI
November 2nd… Over the centuries catholic families have made this day one on which to remember, honor, and pray for their dead in particular ways. It’s a tradition. So, it is with us Oblates.
Nov 2, 2021, under a dull morning sky, 390 oblates and friends were together at the oblate cemetery at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio to remember, honor, and pray for our deceased at Mass. In fact, of the 390, 360 were Oblates buried there – a huge crowd of missionary heroes mostly unsung but dearly remembered and loved and honored.
Those of us who could gave loud voice to this prayer:
“ Oh God, our Father, by filling the heart of Saint Eugene De Mazenod with your spirit, you led him to bring together a community patterned on that of the apostles. As members of this community, we ask you to keep us closely united with our deceased brothers, so as to benefit from their example and virtue. Welcome them into the assembly of your Saints.”
So, it is with us Oblates – the tradition continues.