What You Missed on Facebook in February 2014


  Minds Eye posted pictures from its 2014 Soiree at Beyond Broadway in St. Louis, Mo on Feb. 21.

                                Fr. Tom Ovalle, OMI, Fr. Jim Brobst, OMI, Fr. Jack Lau, OMI, Fr. George Knab, OMI, and Br. Tom Ruhmann, OMI


Dennis Guirnalda Gui posted a group photo of men in the “75th Anniversary of Oblate presence in the Philippines” shirts. 

Kevin McLaughlin posted this view from the Oblate General House looking out at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 24, 2014.

The Oblates from Godfrey and Belleville gathered for a prayer service and meal at King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014.  During the prayer service, wind knocked out the electricity, however, Oblates continued in reflection with no lights.

                                Senior Oblate, Clarenece Zachman leads a prayer

                                Fr. Jim Brobst enthusiastically waves during dinner

Nosotros Omi Oblatos posted about the protests going on in Venezuela for the past week.   


The newly elevated Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, OMI waves to a crowd.  Posted by Oblatos Maria Imaculada on Feb. 20, 2014. 


Dennis Guirnalda Gui posted this group photo from Our Lady of Salvation Parish, South Upi, Maguindano on Feb. 16, 2014. 

The big news of the week was Feb.17, as Oblates from all over the world shared their Oblate pride on Founder’s Day.  Take a look at a few of the photos that were shared!  


Giovanny Nova, OMI posted a picture from San Cristobal Tachira Venezuela in honor of Oblate Day.

Oblate Day Ordination in Nigeria! These photos were posted by new Oblate Father Ali Nnaemka Cornelius, OMI who was ordained at St. Martin’s Parish in the city of Orlu on February 17, 2104 by the Most Rev. Dr. Gregory Ochiagha.

                              Fr. Cornelius

                              Fr. Cornelius and Bishop Ochiagha

                       Fr. Cornelius and the parish Ordination Commitee


Oblate Day Post from Omi Vocacional: (original and Bing Translation) “Os irmãos são parte integrante e importante de nossa família Oblata. Parabéns a eles também nesse 17 de fevereiro – aprovação de Nossas Constituições e Regras OMI.” (Translation) The brothers are an integral and important part of our Oblate family. Congratulations to them too in this February 17-adoption of our constitutions and Rules OMI. (Translated by Bing)



Oblate Day celebrations were held a day early in Yaounde’, Cameroon in pictures posted by JB Musumbi, OMI 

                       Vicar Provincial, Fr. Paulin Ramona, OMI

                       Oblates celebrate in Cameroon

On Saturday, February 15, Oblate Superior General Louis Lougen was in Dakar, Senegal to bless the new Joseph Gerard Center and lead the veneration of the Cross of St. Eugene de Mazenod


                      Fr. Lougen blesses the new Building

                       People line up to venerate St. Eugene's Cross



February 17, Oblate Day and Oblates around the world posted on Facebook!

From Juventude Oblata – BRASIL

                              Brazilian Celebration of Oblate Day

                                                    Young Brazilians get to Know St. Eugene


Fr. Kevin McLaughlan, OMI posted this from Ireland

                                  An Oblate Day gathering Ininchicore, Ireland


Fr. Rock Saniel posted photos from an Oblate Day celebration in Manila, Philippines

                              Filipino Oblates gather in Manila



Manuel Patricio Silva, OMI posted this photo of an Oblate Day celebration with Oblate Associates in San Antonio



 Fr. David Muñoz, OMI posted the following photos of the celebration with Oblate Associates in Buffalo, NY

                              L-R Oblate Fathers Mitch Byeck, Dick Sudlik, David Muñoz, Jim Fee, Antonyraj Arumainathan, Quilin Bouzi, Steve Vasek

                             After mass Fr. Sudlik makes it to the head of the refreshment line

                              Buffalo Associates, Michele Divito, Ines Nephew, and Ana Castellano kick up their heels


Fr. Michael Foley, OMI posted the following photos of the blessing of the Foundation Stone at the new Archbishop Denis Hurley Center in Durban, South Africa on February 13, 2014

                              Cardinal Wilfred Napier, OFM blessing the Foundation Stone

                              Oblate Father Vuzi Mazibuko next to the Foundation Stone

                              Fr. Michael Foley, OMI with Bishop Edward Ricci, OMI


Amidst all the celebrations was another of a different sort described in this posting from Fr. Jim Brobst:

My Aunt Peg’s passing made my heart so sad but what a wonderful celebration of her life today! Wonderful cousin connections to build on for years to come. Past memories enjoyed; new memories made. A good day indeed”

                              Brobst family

                              Fr. Jim presiding at the mass for his aunt

Fr. Siyabonga Christopher posted a picture with the Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin on Feb. 12. 

                                    Bafana Ndlovu,Siyabonga Christopher, and Alvin Ryan Tshuma stand with the Archbishop of Cape Town in South Africa.



Oblatos Maria Imaculada shared the “We are Oblates (part 2)” video on Feb. 11, 2014.  The song was arranged and sung by Pete Avendano. Lyrics by Peter Sotomil, OMI. Music by Ronnie Torres,OMI.  




OMI-I-Watch posted a new album on Feb. 11, 2014 of the Procession for the Celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Philippines.

                                     Fr. Ed Santoyo, OMI waves during the Procession

                                               Dancers perform during the Our Lady of Lourdes Celebration

                                               A little girl prays in front of the statue of Mary Immaculate



In honor of the 156th Apparition Anniversary and Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI posted a few photos from his pilgrimage to Lourdes in Septemeber 2013.  His status included, “Today is also World Day for the Sick. Let us pray for all people who are suffering from any type of illness and that they experience strength, healing, encouragement and love during this experience. Our Lady of Lourdes…Pray for us.”

                                          View from the Basilica looking out at the Gave de Pau River.

Fr. Jim Allen posted this photo and a reaction to moving back to Belleville, Illinois in February, Sunday evening in Belleville: the snow is coming down steadily. And I was silly enough to go out to Walgreens…first time driving in snow in 14 years! Chula Vista and San Antonio, today I miss you.!”



Fr. Juan Ayala, OMI was tagged in this photo on Feb. 7, 2014 in Laredo, Mexico.

Joao Alexandre posted pictures from Brazil at the 50 year celebration of OMI’s in Pernambuco.  The mission was founded by the old Central U.S. Province in Recife.  Frs. Dave Kalert and Lou Studer attended the celebration on Feb. 2, 2014.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fr. Lou Studer, OMI



Fr. Paul Frechette posted pictures at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio on Feb. 6.  Fr. Jack Lau, OMI was there also.




Rich C. Vasquez, II of Oblate Missions in San Antonio posted this after meeting Bishop Michael Pfiefer, OMI, Wow! I have a new friend. He’s an amazing man. He celebrated Mass this morning for us at Oblate Missions.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rich Vasquez, Bishop Michael Pfiefer, OMI                         


Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts gave a lot of winter weather updates in Lowell this week.  He was also interviewed by a local news station.




Sch. John Barrientes posted a picture on Feb. 1 of a procession to honor Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos.




Gualberto Miranda posted a picture on Feb. 2 with Fr. Wilhelm Steckling.



Los Nadies posted this video on Feb. 2 showing the poverty of the people of Gozo.  The island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.



Thabang Nkadimeng, OMI was tagged on Feb. 1 at Radio Veritas South Africa as a special guest.



What You Missed January 2014