GENERAL ADMINISTRATIONOur Oblate Martyrs: the list grows
A month ago, on
May 5, 2015, Pope Francis authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of
Saints to promulgate the decree for the beatification of Italian Fr. Mario
BORZAGA, O.M.I., and his Laotian catechist, Paul Thoj Xyooj, both martyred in
Laos 1960. Now on June 5, 2015, the Holy Father authorized the promulgation of
the decree for the beatification of the 15 other Martyrs of Laos, among them
five other Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Here is the full list of the 17 Martyrs of Laos:
1) Fr. Joseph Thao Tien (1918-1954), diocesan priest and first Laotian martyr.
2) Fr. Jean-Baptist Malo, M.E.P. [Missions Etrangères de Paris = Paris Foreign Mission Society] (1899-1954), missionary from France.
3) Fr. René Dubroux, M.E.P. (1914-1959), missionary from France.
4) Paul Thoj Xyooj (1941-1960), lay person, catechist, first Hmong missionary and martyr.
5) Fr. Mario BORZAGA, O.M.I. (1932-1960) missionary from Italy.
6) Fr. Louis LEROY, O.M.I. (1923-1961), missionary from France.
7) Fr. Michel COQUELET, O.M.I. (1931-1961), missionary from France.
8) Joseph Outhany (1933-1961), Laotian lay person, catechist.
9) Fr. Noel Tenaud, M.E.P. (1904-1961), missionary from France.
10) Fr. Vincent L’HÉNORET, O.M.I. (1921-1961), missionary from France.
11) Fr. Marcel Denis, M.E.P. (1919-1961), missionary from France.
12) Fr. Jean WAUTHIER, O.M.I. (1926-1967), missionary from France.
13) Thomas Khampheuane (1952-1968), lay person, fist Laven martyr.
14) Fr. Lucien Galan, M.E.P. (1921-1968), missionary from France.
15) Fr. Joseph BOISSEL, O.M.I. (1909-1969), missionary from France.
16) Luc Sy (1938-1970), married man with three children, missionary and catechist, one of first Kmhmu´ martyrs.
17) Maisam Pho Inpeng (1934-1970), head of a family, leader of Christian community, one of first Kmhmu´ martyrs.
A decision about the time and the place of the beatification of “Joseph Tien and his companions” will be made by the Holy See, hopefully during the coming summer. (Thomas KLOSTERKAMP, Oblate General Postulator)
After a long period of
reflection, calculations, evaluations, technical expertise and financial reports,
the General Council has given the go-ahead to part of some major renovations
and maintenance which the building of the General House has needed for a long
time. The project to sell the General House having been abandoned, the next
step is some remodeling, considered necessary some 65 years after its
As everyone knows, the compound at Via Aurelia 290 is made up of three large buildings: the General House, the International Roman Scholasticate and the “Foresteria” (or Guest House); plans are afoot for some important repairs on all three of these buildings.
One of the aims of the operation is to make these three buildings independent in terms of energy. Abandoning fuel oil and switching to gas, at present, work is under way at the International Scholasticate for the installation of a new boiler; the General House will also be equipped with new gas boilers that will ensure greater efficiency.
In the General House
building, work has begun to transfer the General Archives from the second floor
of the house to the “crypt” under the large chapel; this crypt and the library
under the scholasticate have been emptied. Most of the books were sold /
donated to the Accademia di Latinità “Vivarium Novum” in Rome.
In these locations, the first major and essential objective is to recondition the atmosphere so as to protect the Archives from moisture, so damaging to the paper documents that will be kept there; also, the adjacent “Oblate Library” demands a radical reconditioning and maintenance, if we do not want to lose a veritable family patrimony.
Since multiple repairs are needed on the General House, from the terraces to the foundation, we have opted for overall work on the outside of the house (roof, windows, plaster, shutters) that will proceed by sections. Starting from the front of the gatehouse, we will proceed part by part along the perimeter of the building. This outside restructuring will require a period of about three or four years. Since we are always confident of divine providence, it all depends on how much financial and economic strength the General Administration will have available. Discussion of the internal remodeling has not yet been taken into account.
As for the Guest House, a project is underway for a complete makeover of the building that later will be entirely inhabited for a good number of years by a community of religious women, on the basis of a loan contract for use of the building.
Consequently, everyone can guess that the Hospitality Service which the General House was able to offer with a certain generosity will have to be reduced and limited because it will be moved into the central building. All Oblates who come to visit us will always find here a house that welcomes its brothers, but which looks like a work in progress; they will obviously and fraternally understand the inevitable inconveniences that such a project requires, especially for the Oblates that live there all the time.
Just as sometimes you see written along a street or other public place where work is in progress, so too at the General House we can write: “Excuse the inconvenience: we are working for you too!” (Roberto SARTOR, General House treasurer)