Mazenodian Family Celebrates Immaculate Conception in Belleville

Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Photos by Mike Viola

A good crowd came for prayer, fellowship and food

On Friday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Missionary Oblates, Oblate Associates, Oblate Novices, their formators and Honorary Oblates gathered to celebrate the Feast of their Patroness at the Benedictine Living Community on the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL.

The evening began with Vespers prepared by Fr. Mark Dean followed by a catered dinner. Lori Kelly, Belleville USP Support Office Manager, coordinated this year’s event arranging for invitations, the caterer and dessert. The Benedictine provided a gathering space and it turned out to be a grand gathering of the “Mazenodian Family.”

Following along with Fr. Mark Dean’s prayer service are (L-R) Fr. Tom Killeen, Fr. Sherman Wall, and (back to camera) Fr. Paul Wightman.
After prayer and before dinner everyone has an opportunity to “schmooze.”(L-R) (in wheel chair,) Fr. Ron Harrer, Fr. Tom Hayes, Fr. David Kalert, Fr. Louis Lougen, Fr. Allen Maes, Bro. Patrick McGee, Fr. Sal Gonzalez, (back to camera) Fr. Clyde Rausch

Joining in from the Novitiate in Godfrey, IL are: (L-R) Novices, Chandu Ponugumai , Robby Mukangwa, Elisha Chisanga, formator, Bro. George Litiya

Oblate Associate, Jean Brennan vists with Former Superior General, Fr. Louis Lougen before dinner
Waiting patiently for dinner is Fr. John Madigan (L) and the Dean of the congregation who recently celebrated his 103rd birthday, Fr. Clarence Zachman