A Look Back at 2014 on Facebook

Children singing at the first Our Lady of Hope Novena preached by the Oblates in Buffalo, NY. Photo supplied by Fr. David Munoz, OMI. Posted on Jan. 30, 2014.

 Fr. Jack Lau posted pictures on Jan. 26 of the Foundation Day Celebration in Godfrey, IL.













Also in January 2014: Installation of Bob Chambers as an Honorary Oblate of Mary Immaculate at Holy Angels in Buffalo, NY

(L-R) Provincial, Fr. Bill Antone, New HOMI, Bob Chambers, Fr. Jim Taggart, Fr. Jim Fee

 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.

A Little power-outage didn't spoil Fr. Jim Brobt's dinner! With Bro. Tom Ruhmann and Novice Tom Franklin













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

  Daniel De Luna posted a picture of a big celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Laredo, Texas at which the new parish center was blest on March 23.

(L-R) Pastor, Juan Ayala, OMI, Bishop James Tamayo, Fr. Edward Vrazel, OMI

 Also in March: Meeting of Triennium animators of the charism Oblate in Aix-en-Provence, photos in front of the Cathedral of Marseille” 

(Faces familiar in the U.S. would include: Geri Furmanek, (front row, 3rd from left, Fr. Barnabas Simatende, (front row, 5th from left) Fr. Joe LaBelle, (2nd row, 3rd from right) Fr. Daniel LaBlanc, (2nd row, 3rd from left) and Fr. Antonio Ponce, (top row, center) For a complete listing of participants, CLICK HERE

Oblates around the Country Celebrated “Fat Tuesday”  (on left) Ero Rom posted a picture from Buffalo, NY.   (On right) King’s House – Belleville held it’s Annual “Fat Tuseday Luncheon for employees and friends. (On right Rich Dahm)

















 Oblates ministered to employees on Ash Wednesday, From Rich C,. Vasquez, II:  Wow! Its Lent. Bishop Pfeifer, OMI, just celebrated Mass for us at Oblate Missions. Yolie, a long term employee who has been working at Oblate Missions for 55 yes 55 years receives her ashes from the Bishop. Happy Lenten Season! Cheers with a cup of yea!”(On Left)

(On right) Mark Etling of OMSI-Belleville  receives ashes from Fr. John Madigan, OMI 






















Fr. David Munoz posted the following on April 3, 2014: Second evening of the Buffalo West cluster tri-Parish Lenten Mission with Fr Bill Antone, OMI.

 Here’s a May 15th post from Rich C. Vasquez, II: “Wow! Celebrating our Oblate Appreciaion luncheon for all the hard work we do. Pictured are the Oblate Priests, the Provincial and I.”

(L-R) Fr. Bill Antone, Fr. Bill Morell, Ric Vasquez, Fr. Nino Lajo

  John Barrientes shared a photo from the Oblate School of Theology graduation on May 10.   

  Jerry Gutierrez posted the following photos of the final Blesssing of the Bikes at Our Lady of Grace Shrine in Colebrook, NH on June 30 and July 1.














Bro. David Uribe kneels before Bishop Claude Champagne, OMI, of the Diocese of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada  during the Ordination Mass at which he and Jesse Esqueda became Oblate priests

 On June 30, a celebration of a different sort for Fr. Boniface Wittenbrink, OMI

     Fr. David Munoz-Lopez posted this on July 1st:

  Here’s an August 17 posting to celebrate from Fr. Tom Horan at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois: Well a new novitiate year has begun. We welcome Tom, Daniel, Antonio and Vincents, The years novitiate team remains the same, Tom, Rudy and Jack. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers — with Thomas Horan. (On Left) From the Oblate Mission Center in Buffalo, NY, Here’s A joyous posting from Fr. David Munoz-Lopez, OMI on August 24th: “Oblate Pre-Novices commit themselves to discernment and formation. Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate!”   (On right)














The Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate posted the announcement of Fr. Louis Lougen’s Papal Appointment with this picture on September 17

 Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI posted the following on September 15: “Dr. Jo Marie Griesgraber,New Rules for Global Development – Director, Former Minister of Finance of Nigeria, Dr. Mansur Muhtar now Executive Director at the World Bank and Oblate JPIC Director Fr Seamus Finn, during the Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure meeting held at the World Bank in Washington DC on Sept. 15.”

  Dana Simental posted the following from the Perpetual Vows Mass on August 30: “Glad to be a part of this special day. Thank u Jesus!! Congratulations Bro.Jason and Bro. Feliciano!”





















 Here’s a post from the St. Eugene Facebook page on October 8 from Fr. Andy Sensenig: “Some photos from our blessing of animals over last weekend. The ceremony happened at our nearby parish building called the “Bishop Kenny Center.” We has a good variety of animals from bearded dragons, a hamster, dogs, cats, a chicken and two ducks! The funny part was that the ducks did not like to blessed at all.  I guess that they do not like Holy Water.  Such is life for a duck! The smaller group photo happened on last Saturday and the larger one occurred last Sunday.”


 As you can see, it’s been quite a year!  But the St. Eugene de Mazenod Facebook page changed in November and we need your help to make it even more of a showcase for Oblates and their firends.

In November Facebook required us to become an “organizational” page as opposed to the “Personal Page” that was originally set up. This means that in order for you to receive notices of updates and new posts you must “Like” the page. Not just a particular photo or post, but you must click on thye symbol below which you will see at the top of the page. That will help the new St. Eugene de Mazenod Facebook page to be more dynamic and “newsy” than ever!

 To visit the St. Eugene de Mazenod Facebook page,  CLICK HERE