Four Oblates Make Perpetual Oblation in San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

By Will Shaw with thanks to Fr. Arun Rosario, OMI, and Fr. Jim Allen, OMI

Posing after the Mass of Perpetual Oblation (L-R) Maximilien Kenfack Meizang, David Chisha, Fr. Juan Gaspar, Borzaga Community Superior, Deacon Rafael Becerra, Fr. Raymond Cook, U.S. Oblate Provincial, Fr. Ferdinand Owono, Cameroon Oblate Provincial, Dogo Anaguedeu, Jacques-Marie Liba, Fr. Arun Rosario, formator

Four young men from Africa professed perpetual vows as Oblates of Mary Immaculate in a Mass celebrated on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at the chapel of the same name on the campus of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

The four men are:

Dogo Anaguedeu, OMI

Joseph ANAGUEDEU DOGO was born in Tihele-Djaloumi, Cameroon on January 20, 1994. Dogo is the fifth child from his mother’s line out of eight. He joined the pre-novitiate in Cameroon in 2014. He entered the novitiate in 2015 and made his First Vows in 2016. He did his philosophical studies in Cameroon and a year of internship in Nigeria. He came to USA in 2021 to complete his theological studies at the Oblate School of Theology being at Blessed Mario Borzaga Formation Community.

Jacques-Marie Liba, OMI

Jacques Marie LIBA was born on May 3, 1991in Koumi, Chad. He is the fifth child in a family of nine. He comes from a very good Catholic family.

He entered the Pre-novitiate program at the Oblates of Mary Immaculate pre-novitiate in Cameroon in 2014. In 2015, he was admitted to the Novitiate at Blessed Joseph Gerard of Ngaoundere in Cameroon, and in August 2016 professed his first vows.

He studied philosophy in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He eventually traveled to Nigeria for his internship year at Jengre Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Jos. He came to the USA to complete his theological studies in 2021.

Maximilien Kenfack, OMI

Maximilien Kolbe Parfait KENFACK-MEIZANG was born on August 14, 1995 in Banyo, Cameroon. Max is the last born of 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. Born into a devout Christian family, the young Maximilien was immersed in an atmosphere that brought him closer to the altar.

Maximilien was admitted to the pre-novitiate in 2014 and later entered the novitiate the following year, professing his First Vows in 2016. He began his post-novitiate formation at Yaoundé. In August 2021, he came to San Antonio to continue his theological studies at the Oblate School of Theology.

David Chisha, OMI

David Peter Lombe CHISHA was born in Chipulukusu, Zambia onMarch 14, 1993. He is the second born of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. He joined the pre-novitiate in Zambia in 2014. He completed his philosophical studies in Zambia. Then he did his novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois.  He made his First Vows in 2019. He moved to the Blessed Mario Borzaga Post-Novitiate Community in 2019 and did his theology at the Oblate School of Theology. He spent one year of internship in Lusaka, Zambia from 2022-2023.

On December 8, 2023, the three men from Cameroon were joined by their brother from Zambia, to profess perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and perseverance before U.S. Provincial, Very Rev. Raymond Cook, and special guest, Very Rev. Ferdinand Owono, Provincial of the Oblate Province of Cameroon.

After the Mass, all were invited to a gala luncheon at the Whitley Center.

The four men took their places in the first pew at the start of Mass. The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was filled with friends, family, and Oblates.
The presider, U.S. Provincial, Fr. Raymond Cook begins the Mass, (L-R) Fr. Juan Gaspar, Borzaga Formation Community Superior, Fr. Ferdinand Owono, Provincial of Cameroon, Fr. Cook, Deacon Rafael Becerra

The candidates make their formal petition to be admitted to perpetual vows.
As the candidates lie in humble prostration, the community sings the Litany of the Saints.
Maximilien Kenfack professes his perpetual vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and Perseverance.
One by one, each man receives his Oblate Cross from Fr. Cook
After the vow and cross ritual, all the attending Oblates process past the newly professed, offering blessings and congratulations. Fr. David Uribe congratulates David Chisha
Many years of work, study, and prayer have culminated in this joyous moment. (L-R) Maximilien Kenfack, OMI David Chisha, OMI Dogo Anaguedeu, OMI Jacques-Marie Liba, OMI
All the attendees at the Mass were invited to a celebratory luncheon at the Whitley Center, just a short walk from the Chapel.
Celebrating are (L-R) Oblate Fathers Roger Bergkamp, Thomas Rush, and Vicar-provincial, Antonio Ponce
David Chisha receives hearty congratulations from Fr. Billy Morell
Oblate Fathers Charles Banks, Superior of the Oblate Madonna Residence (L) and Provincial Treasurer James Chambers
Enjoying their visit are (L) retired Administrative Assistant for the Southwest Area Office, Lydia Solis, and the Director of Continuing Education at Oblate School of Theology, Victoria Luna