In the Oblate statistics published last February, it was clear that the Province of Poland is the largest province in the Congregation. Those statistics (342 at the beginning of 2011) did not include the dozens of Polish-born Oblates in various delegations and missions throughout the world.
On May 28, 2011, the scholasticate in Obra rejoiced at the ordination of three new priests and four deacons. At St. James the Apostle Church in Obra, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznan conferred the Order of Priesthood on Fathers Krzysztof KOŚLIK, Piotr BOROWICZ and Jan WLAZŁY. He ordained as deacons scholastic Brothers Arkadiusz OCHLAK, Bartłomiej CYTRYCKI, Bogusław HARLA and Wojciech STANGEL.
Numerous Oblates, family and friends of the newly ordained were present, including the provincial, Fr. Ryszard SZMYDKI and his vicar, Fr. Andrzej KORDA.
At the celebrations following the ordinations, the newly ordained priests thanked their parents, formators, professors and the people who work at the scholasticate. The celebration concluded with the conferral of first obediences from the Superior General, Fr. Louis LOUGEN. Fr. Rafal CHILIMONIUK, who had been ordained earlier in Turkmenistan, was assigned to that mission. Father Borowicz will go to the delegation of Ukraine; Fr. Koślik will serve in Madagascar; and Fr. Wlazły will work at the parish in Siedlce, Poland.
The Polish Oblates continue to derive joy from the fact that these new Oblate missionaries will be proclaiming the Gospel of salvation to the poor; they give thanks to God who is the only source of our vocation. (Reported by Scholastic Bro. Hubert PILARCZYK and translated from the Polish by Deacon. Grzegorz NOWAK)