Oblates Celebrate Jubilees in Belleville

Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

By Will Shaw

Jubilarians attending the Belleville celebration were: (front row, L-R): Fr. Michael Powell, Fr. Sherman Wall, Fr. Louis Studer, (Top row L-R) F5r. Dwight Hoeberechts, Fr. Clyde Rausch. Not pictured, Fr. Norman Volk, Fr. Gerry Weber, Fr. Richard Sudlik.

Oblates, family and friends came to the Church of Our Lady of the Snows on October 27, 2022 to celebrate the jubilees of eight Oblate priests.

Fr. Michael Powell presided, and Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts was the homilist.

After Mass, the Jubilarians and guests went to the Shrine Restaurant for a celebratory dinner reception where the audience was greatly entertained by remarks from several of the Jubilarians.


Fr. Sherman Wall, OMI

70 Years of Religious Life and 65 Years of Priesthood

Fr. Gerry Weber, OMI (Not present)

60 Years of priesthood

Fr. Clyde Rausch, OMI

60 Years of Religious Life

Fr. Norman Volk, OMI (Not present)

60 years of Religious Life

Fr. Richard Sudlik, OMI (Not present)

50 Years of Priesthood

Fr. Louis Studer, OMI

50 Years of Religious Life

Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI

25 Years of Priesthood

Fr. Michael Powell, OMI

25 Years of Religious Life

Oblates on hand for the celebration included: (front row L-R) Fr. Joe Hitpas, Fr. David Kalert, Fr. Harold Fisher, Fr. George Knab, Fr. Paul Wightman. (Back row (L-R) Fr. Joe Ferraioli, Fr. Jim Fee, Fr. Dale Schlitt, Fr. Allen Maes
Fathers Hoeberechts and Powell were surrounded on the altar by thousands of roses placed for the upcoming All Souls Mass at the Shrine.
The celebration continued at the Shrine Vistor’s Center
(L-R) Jubilarian Fr. Sherman Wall, Fr. Joe Hitpas, Jubilarian, Fr. Michael Powell, Fr. Raul Salas, and back to camera, Fr. Jim Allen
This Full table includes: (starting Lower L- clockwise) Fr. Dale Schlitt, MAMI writer, Mike Viola, Jubilarian, Fr. Clyde Rausch, Bro. Pat McGee, Bro. Tom Ruhmann, Fr. Paul Wightman, Fr. Mark Dean.