Oblate Day Celebration Includes Renewal of Vows and Commitments from Oblates and Associates

By Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, Photos by Fr. David Muñoz, OMI

U.S. Provincial, Fr. Louis Studer, OMI, opens the Mass.

On February 17th, members of the Mazenodian family gathered at the Immaculate Conception Chapel of Oblate School of Theology to celebrate ‘Oblate Day,” which commemorates Papal approval of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate as a congregation. Oblates, members of the different branches of the Mazenodian family, and friends prayed together and thanked God for the 196 years of missionary work of the Oblates around the world.

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Stanco Simukonda signs the Renewal Commitment before the Provincial

At the Mass, two scholastics, Raphael Banda and Stanco Simukonda, both of the Delegation of Zambia,  renewed their vows as Oblates for one more year. In addition, local Oblate Lay Associates renewed their commitment, promising to continue to live out the Oblate charism for one more year along with a group of new Lay Associates who made their First Commitment.

Oblate Associates in the first pew prepare to renew their commitment

Fr. Provincial, Louis Studer, OMI, presided at the Eucharist. Fr. Art Flores, Vicar provincial, and Fr. Antonio Ponce, Post-novitiate Director concelebrated. The Eucharist celebration was followed by a nice reception at the Whitley Theological Center.

Oblate Associates renew their commitment. Fr. David Muñoz is at right
At the reception we see Oblate Fathers Richard Hall (L) and Vicar-provincial, Art Flores
(L-R) Les Tschoepe, Fr. David Muñoz, Fr. Frank Santucci, Pat Maguire
(L-R) Chris Maguire, Les Tschoepe, Tom Peterson, Ken Dolat, Trip Brotherman, Fr. Art Flores, OMI