Oblates Celebrate Founder’s Feast Day with the Mazenodian Family

Belleville, IL

Shrine Director, Fr. Sal Gonzalez, led the large crowd in the prayer service written by Fr. Mark Dean

On May 21st, Feast of St. Eugene de Mazenod, the Oblate Communities of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, St. Henry’s Oblate Residence, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate from Godfrey, IL, the Oblate Associates group who meets at the Shrine, and some Honorary Oblates gathered for a prayer service and supper in celebration of the Founder’s Feast Day.

Oblate Novice, Alvaro Zapata, reads during the prayer service

It’s a long-standing tradition in Belleville that the Shrine Oblates host the Feast Day Celebration for the area Oblate communities. This year, as in recent years the event was held at the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine.

This distinguished group includes (L-R) the next Shrine Director, Fr. Mike Powell, Fr. Tom Hayes and renowned iconographer, Fr. Clyde Rausch
(L-R) Fr. Ron Harrer, Fr. John Madigan, Fr. Greg Cholewa, and Bro. Pat McGee
Fr. Allen Maes Managed to monopolize all the HOMIs, (L-R) (back to camera) Betty Rule, Gwen Stauder, Fr. Maes, (back to camera) Sandy Weck
(L-R) Oblate Fathers, Joe Hitpas, Walter Butor, Paul Wightman
(L-R) Sch. Bro. Joseph Anaguedeu Dogo and Fr. Jim Fee
Bro Tom Ruhmann (orange shirt) and Fr. George Knab (yellow shirt) are entertaining a table full of Oblate Associates: (L-R) Nancy Isselhard, Bro. Tom, Sandy Lukowsky, Dorothy Glatz, Marguerite Garza, Fr. George, Nicole Younge, Rose Mary Steuer