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America’s Senior Oblate Fr. Clarence Zachman Celebrates his 70th anniversary of Priesthood


At the age of 98, Fr. Clarence Zachman, O.M.I. is the oldest Missionary Oblate in the United States.  But you wouldn’t know it by his actions.  He is always quick with a word of encouragement or advice.  He doesn’t need a cane, walker or wheelchair to get around, and he still drives.

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Happy Feast Day to all the Oblate Family!

Fr Jesse

Yesterday we celebrated St. Eugene De Mazenod, founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Oblates are missionaries to the poor and the most abandoned working with the poorest communities in nearly 60 countries. Five years ago, I had the blessing of being Ordained an Oblate Priest. My first assignment was to Tijuana Mexico, to the largest and poorest parish in the diocese of Tijuana. It has been a blessing to follow the example of GREAT OBLATES who have been a part of this amazing mission.

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Oblates in the News

Brother Wilbroad Kapembwa, O.M.I.

Brother Wilbroad Kapembwa, O.M.I. is currently an Oblate seminarian studying at St. Joseph Institute in Cedar, South Africa.  Originally from Zambia, Bro. Willboard spent last year discerning his calling at the Oblates’ novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois.  While at the novitiate, Bro. Wilbroad wrote this mock trial examining how we are guilty of destroying our natural resources.

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