Help provide comfort to the sick and dying.

When Father Eugene Mwape Mule, O.M.I. was ordained in September of 2021, he said one of the most inspiring times of his eight years in Oblate formation was volunteering at Our Lady’s Hospice — a place in our Zambian mission community where Oblates and other religious congregations care for the dying who have no other place to go.

While the pain of losing a loved one can never be lessened, knowing they passed with dignity and at peace is a comfort to all those they leave behind here on earth. But in our mission community in Zambia, families cannot afford end-of-life care for their elderly relatives or even children facing terminal illness. Missionary Oblates have witnessed people dying on the floor of their home, at bus stops and even on the streets.

Seeing the immediate need for palliative care, the Missionary Oblates helped establish Our Lady’s Hospice more than 20 years ago in Lusaka, Zambia. It is a place of tranquility and hope for those entering their final stages of their lives. Your generous gifts support our dedicated, compassionate staff as they administer care to patients until they are welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Please join me and all Oblates as we unite in prayer so that patients both in Zambia and here in the United States will find peace and hope, knowing that Our Lord is with them. On September 8 — the date that marks the birth of the Blessed Virgin — the Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate USA will offer three special Masses of Hope and Healing to pray for those who are facing grave medical issues.

The first two masses will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac de San Antonio and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, our two spiritual centers. Now that we have two spiritual centers, your needs for prayer will be always be remembered at both locations! And on that same day, a third Mass of Hope and Healing will be celebrated at the Church of Mary Immaculate by our Missionary Oblates in Zambia.

Your Mass offering of whatever amount is inspired by your generous heart will help provide end-of-life care that offers peace, dignity and hope to the terminally ill in Zambia.

In return for your generosity, I hope that you will also find healing and comfort in your life along with a very special gift that I have designed for you…

To thank you for your generous donation of $25 or more, I have commissioned a lovely Mission Rosary just for you.

This wooden rosary features a beautiful cross and a centerpiece with the images of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Pope John Paul II.  Both influential men believed in the importance of serving the poor and caring for all God’s creatures. I hope when you use this handcrafted rosary you are reminded of the care and concern you deliver to our missions and to those who seek salvation in the Good News of Jesus Christ.

In order to receive your rosary, be sure to send a gift of $25 or more on the form below.  You may notice a reduced selection of “Thank You” gifts in this mailing and in future mailings. In order to serve you and our mission communities better, we are streamlining and simplifying our gifts to only offer the very best. We will only have a limited supply and will not be able to house them for more than six months. If you wish to receive one of our “Thank You” gifts, be sure respond quickly before they are all gone.

As part of our effort to simplify our fundraising programs, donations will no longer be processed in San Antonio, Texas, or Belleville, Illinois. Instead, all donations will now be processed in the same facility in Topeka, Kansas, rather than in two separate locations. If you have questions or concerns about any of the changes to our organization, please contact us at 1-888-330-6264 or email us at mami@oblatesusa.org.

Oblates and the patients from Our Lady’s Hospice will be joining me in prayer to thank you for your assistance. Every day, we pray to Our Heavenly Mother – the patroness of healing and of the Hospice – to protect those in Her care and the hospice caregivers.

If you know someone that is facing the end of life or a serious illness, please send their names by clicking here and send your prayer petition to be presented to Our Merciful Lord and Our Blessed Mother during each of the Masses of Hope and Healing. To have your gift put to use immediately you can donate below.

You may notice at the top of this letter that our address and phone number have changed. This will be our new mailing address and phone number. Be sure to reach out to us with any concerns! As I await your response, I will be praying that Our Lord fills you with a multitude of blessings and that His presence will be felt by you and your loved ones.

In Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Father David P. Uribe, OMI
Oblate Chaplain Director

P.S. As soon as we receive your reply and gift of $25 or more, I will send you the attractive Mission Rosary to thank you for assisting the terminally ill in our Zambia Mission. May Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother bless you and your loved ones and protect you from harm!

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