Photos by Richard Vasquez, Fr. Kevin Collins, Fr. Jack Lau, and Will Shaw
February 17 is celebrated each year world-wide as the anniversary of the confirmation of the institute and the approval of the Oblate Constitutions and Rules by Pope Leo XII. Below are some photos of Oblate events commemorating “Oblate Day” in Texas and Belleville, IL.
Here’s an intimate gathering of missionaries at a historic site near Roma, TX: “We gathered at the old mission chapel of La Lomita to renew our vows, make our prayers, and share a fine lunch by the river; surrounded by the spirits of the missionary Cavalry of Christ and listening to cowboy songs.” – Fr. Kevin Collins, OMI
“This past Saturday the 18th of February, Oblate Associates gathered to celebrate the 197th anniversary of the Congregation and approval of the Constitutions and Rules at Sacred Heart Parish in Oakland. They prepared an abundant meal, then we went into the chapel for prayer and the renewal of their commitment. A reflection was given about the 37th General and how we recognize our mutual vocational call to the charism of St. Eugene.” – Fr. Jack Lau, OMI
San Antonio, Texas
“On Friday, Feb. 17, Oblate Day, Scholastics Raphael Banda and Stanco Simukonda from the Delegation of Zambia renewed their vows at Madonna Residence. Fr. Lou Studer, provincial, received their vows. Most of the Oblates of the area gathered to celebrate the ceremony of renewal of vows and the anniversary of the approval of our Constitutions and Rules.” – Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI
The Oblates gathered at the Benedictine Living Center on the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, along with Oblate residents of the Benedictine Center and some invited Oblate Associates, HOMIs, and employees for a prayer service followed by a catered supper and fellowship.