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Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

There are many different ways to remember the Missionary Oblates in your Will or estate plans.  And there are many different types of people, just like you, who are committed to partnering with the Oblates to serve those most in need.

Margaret Ruppert Margaret Ruppert was a trailblazing member of the U.S. Navy.  After earning a registered nursing degree, she enlisted in the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps in 1945.  She served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as multiple Navy hospitals around the world.

When Margaret passed away in 2017 at the age of 101, her family discovered that she had been sending donations to the Missionary Oblates for decades.  Margaret also remembered the Oblates in her Will, and had a discretionary amount for her family to distribute to charity.

Steve Grobl, Margaret’s great-nephew, said when family members discovered Margaret’s affection for the Oblates, they investigated how they could honor Margaret with a gift in support of the Oblates.  Eventually they decided to have a seminary residence built in her honor for the Oblates in San Antonio, Texas.

For Patrick and Marie Gavit, partnering with the Missionary Oblates is a result of many past missionary trips the family made to Mexico.

Through their parish in Los Angels, the Gavits have delivered supplies, built homes and taken part in other missionary activities in Tijuana.  They became familiar with the Oblates’ work at the La Morita mission and have been partners with them for 20 years.

The Gavits “Our involvement with the Oblates began in 199,.”  said Patrick Gavit.  “Our kids were young, and we wanted them and the children at our parish to have a direct tie to a foreign mission.  Our goal was to develop a missionary spirit in them.”  The Gavits have also supported the work of the Oblates with gifts of stock and as beneficiaries of their trust.  They still try and make at least one trip a year to Tijuana to personally experience how their support is helping people in great need.

Adrienne Page didn’t have to look far to be inspired by the Missionary Oblates.  Her elder brother was Fr. Angelo Sianti, O.M.I., a legendary Oblates missionary to Japan.

Father Siani arrived as a young Oblate in Japan in 1965 and would spend nearly all of his priestly life ministering there, including two terms as the Oblate Superior.  Father Siani regularly wrote to family members about his experiences in Japan:  “My nose is to bigh and my skin is the wong color, but despite that I feel accepted and am very happy here.  I’ve come to believe that what is important is to be faithful and be here until God decides to act.”

Adrienne is rememberng the Oblates in her Will because of their missionary spirit and as a tribute to her beloved borther who passed away in 2011.

Kathy Parkans became a benefactor of the Missionary Oblates because of one fateful Sunday.  Kathy was attending Mass at her parish in Montgomery, Texas when a visiting Oblate gave the homily for Mission Sunday.

“At the time we were looking for a chairty to adopt and that homily was so impressive that we got hooked on the Oblates, and we have been with them for more than ten years,”  says Kathy.

Initially, Kathy made the Oblates beneficiaries in her Will, but after consulting with her financial planner and an Oblate’s Gift Advisor, she discovered that it would be more advantageous for her to name the Obates as the beneficiary of her IRA.

For Catherine Fath, the Natinoal Shrine of Our Lady of thes is what drew her to support the Missionary Oblates.  Catherine and family members began making trips to from their home in Florida in the 1970s.  She developed a strong devotion to Our Lady of the Snows and became friends with Fr. Edwin Guild, O.M.I. the founder of the Shrine.

Catherine visited the Shrine for decades,.  When travel was no longer possible, she enjoyed sharing letters with Fr. John Madigan, O.M.I. when he ministered as the Oblate Chaplain Director at the Missionary Association.

Catherine passed away earlier this year and blessed the Oblates by remembering them in her Will.

Lucille James For Lucille James, the Oblates have been an important part of her life for more then 60 years.  Lucille had wondered from her faith as a young woman and she credits the Oblates for helping her come back to the Church.  Luiclle would receive mailings from the Oblated ans those words assured her that she always had a home in the Catholic Church.

Lucille said she was amazed to learn how vast the Oblate ministries are abround the world, and has always tried to send in small donations since the early 1960s.  Additionally, she made the Oblates the beneficiary of her annuity.  Lucille recently met with Fr. Louis Studer, O.M.I. the U.S. Provincial, who visited to thank her for six decades of support.

“I am so grateful for everything that happened to me and I appreciate how the Oblates have kept remembering me in their prayers for so many years.” said Lucille.  “I can’t think of anything better than to be able to help the poor by supporting the Missionary Oblates.” 



Help Oblate seminarians become priests when you make the Missionary Oblates beneficiaries of your Will Father Cosmas Kithinji Kubai, O.M.I. was recently ordained in Kenya, fulfilling a goal he had ever since he was a young boy.  Inf act, his first careeer goals was to become a “small priest.” 

Father Cosmas grew up on a farm in Meru, Kenya.  He loved going to Mass and was envious of the “small priests” – altar servers.  He watched them intently, and would then go home and mimic their actions.  At age 11, Cosmas became a “small priest.”  

“It was then that I talked to priests and seminarians about the priesthood,”  said Fr. Cosmas.  “It was through these talks that I was able to find my vocation.”  

After high school, Cosmas enrolled in the Oblates’ pre-novitiate in Nairobi.  He later spent seven years in the United Stats, on 

Mass in Kenya with Fr. Cosmas

year at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois and then six years as a student at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.  

When Fr. Cosmas was ordained back home in Kenya, nearly 2,000 people attended the ceremony.  Many of the people in attendance had spent hours traveling by bus just to be with Fr. Cosmas for his ordination.  

The following day, at his home parish in Kiirua, Fr. Cosmas celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving.  Vested in a red chausble from friends in San Antonio, Fr. Cosmas presided and preached with confidence, comfortable in his new role.  

In a beautiful moment, parishioners invited Fr. Cosmas down from the sanctuary to present him with a new suit and black shoes.  They They lifted him onto their shoulders, singing and cheering as they carried him through the congregation.  

“I am very happy with my decision to join the Oblates,” said Fr. Cosmas.  “I have fulfilled my desire to become someone who brings the Good News to people.”

From the desk of Fr. David P. Uribe, OMI, Oblate Chaplain Director Dear Friend,

When I accepted the responsibility of raising funds for our Oblate ministries, I was immediately struck by just how much of an impact legacy gifts have on our work among the poor.  Simply put, our ministries don’t survive without the funds we receive from Wills, Trusts and other forms of Estate gifts.

That is why we have dedicated this newsletter to help you better understand how your legacy can support Oblate ministries for generations to come.  Our future truly depends on what you do today to benefit the poor we serve well into the future.

As your consider your legacy, please take a moment to reflect on Scripture,  “I will make your name to be remembered in all generations, Therefore the people will give you thanks forever and ever.”  Psalm 45:17

May God bless you for your generosity, and know that I am remembering you at Mass and in my prayers.

In Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Fr. David P. Uribe, O.M.I.
Oblae Chaplain Director


How the CARES Act can Help YouThe Coronavirus Aid, Reilef and Economic Secuity (CARES) Act is providing benefactors of the Missionary Oblates with several new pportunities to support ministries that serve poor and needy people.

In regard to charitable giving, the CARES Act made three changes.  It suspended IRA required minimum distributions for 2020, it created a new universal “above the line charitable deduction” of $300, and it allows generous taxpayers the ability to deduct up to 100% of their taxable income.

  1. The CARES Act allows taxpayers to skip the Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from their retirement plans this year.  However, for donors 70 1/2 and older, a Qualified Charitable Distribution is still permitted and will allow itemizers and non-itemizers alike to enjoy the same tax benefit when they direct up to $100,000 from their IRA to help families in our missions.
  2. An incentive for taxpayers who take the standard deduction was crated by the CARES Act.  The Act allows for up to $300 in cash charitable contributions to qualify as an above-the-line deduction, meaning you don’t have to itemize in order to claim the $300 deduction.
  3. For people who do itemize their deductions, the new law allows them to give more to charity before reaching their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations   the CARES Act raises the annual limit on cash gifts from 60% to 100% of Adjusted Gross Income for 2020.  Any giving beyond the 100% limitation can be carried over up to five additional years, but will be sujected to the percentage limitations applicable in each carryover years.

During these difficult time, please know how much we appreciate your help and we are here for you.  For more information, please check with your financial advisor or contact the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving at 1-800-233-6264 or  charitablegifts@oblatesusa.org.We will be happy to help you.  

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Rest in Eternal Peace…

The Missionary Oblates are grateful to our friends who have remembered us through a bequest or charitable gift annuity. Please join us in prayer for these benefactors who have been called to their eternal rest with the Lord.

Kenneth A Berens
Marietta Bickett
Violetta Bonini
Kathleen M Cawley
Alfreda Colling
Thomas S. Collil
Bernadine L. Drake 
Irene Enkelmann
Catherine S. Fath 
Mariel Fresco
Frederick J. Gedemer

Helen M. Gioffre
Thomas A. Hasenauer
Helen M Hrusovsky 
Lisa M. Imperatrice
Robert Kovach 
Eugenia B. LaRusch 
Helen Lukas 
Reny Maassen
John J. Mathias
Paul F. McLaughlin
John M Michalek
Betti Moise Presley

Margaret A. Naughton
Dolores P. Ortner
Janet C. Paoletti
Nunzi Pettinato
Mary Katherine Pletz 
William J. Prosser, Jr. 
Joseph V. Sauve
Richard R. Schaller
Delores E. Schultz 
Irnee C. Stuczynski 
Alitz M. Tucholko 
Mary Anna Tucker