561 - December 2015
November 11th, 2015 - November 30th, 2015

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Oblate receives Nunavut’s highest honor

Nunavut is the largest, northernmost, newest, and least populous territory of Canada. It was separated officially from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999 … The creation of Nunavut resulted in the first major change to Canada's political map since the incorporation of the new province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949. (Wikipedia)

In September 2015, the Advisory Council of Nunavut named 95 year old Father Robert LECHAT to the high honor of the Order of Nunavut for his many years of service in the Far North of Canada. Among other places, he served for about 25 years, he served as pastor in Igloolik and Hall Beach. He is especially renowned for his work in preserving and promoting the Inuit language.

Born in France, Fr. Lechat came to Canada after the Second World War. He currently resides at the Oblate community, Maison Notre Dame in Richelieu.

 




Ground-breaking for new scholasticate residence

Since the early 1970’s, the scholastics of the United States Province have lived in the former convent of the Sisters who used to cook for St. Anthony’s Oblate Juniorate students in San Antonio, Texas. Because of the poor condition of that building and because the property will be sold in the near future, for several years there have been plans to build a new residence for Oblates in first formation.

On November 13, 2015, there was a ground-breaking ceremony and celebration for the new home for scholastics, directly across the street from Oblate School of Theology where they take their classes.


About 100 people gathered at the building site to watch the U.S. provincial, Fr. William ANTONE, the former vocation director, Fr. Charles BANKS, and the "senior scholastic,” Bro. Daniel ZIEGLER, turn over the first shovels of dirt to symbolize the beginning of construction.

The five-building complex will contain a total of 25 bedrooms to accommodate the men in formation and three formators, with two or three rooms for guests.

According to Provincial Councillor, Fr. Arthur FLORES, the new complex is envisioned to serve not just the U.S. province but the entire Congregation. Currently, there are scholastics from Zambia, Canada, Mexico, India, and the United States. "So the hope is that the Congregation will use the wonderful resources that Oblate School of the Theology has to offer to the Oblate world and to the world in general.”


In describing how the buildings will be used, Fr. Flores pointed out that the scholastics will be anything but isolated in separate buildings since in one of the houses, there will be the chapel; in another, the kitchen and dining room; in a third, a community room for meetings and relaxation.”

Completion of the residence complex is scheduled for late 2016. (www.omiusa.org)

 




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