Ground Breaking for New Scholastic Residences in San Antonio

Posted by on February 14, 2017

February 4, 2017

Here are a couple of images from the construction site. Progress has been slow over the past few days since it’s been raining, hopefully the weather improves soon so the construction can resume.

January 19, 2017

Here is an update on the construction site. One of the workers mentioned they should be receiving the windows & beginning with installing plumbing and AC units soon

January 11, 2017

Work is progressing rapidly on the seminary housing project near Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. The land has been cleared for all five homes and much of the foundations have already been completed. The homes will be used by Oblate seminarians from around the world who will be studying at Oblate School of Theology. Funds are still being raised to furnish the homes. For more information, call 1-800-233-6264.

January 4, 2017

 

Ground Breaking for New Scholastic Residences in San Antonio

By Fr. Art Flores, OMI and Will Shaw Photos by Abril Villarreal-Medina

Friday November 13, 2015 was anything but unlucky for the Missionary Oblates and their Scholastics as they held the ground-breaking ceremony and celebration for the new seminarian residences located just across the street from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

A crowd of about 100 people attended the dedication

A crowd of about 100 people attended the dedication

About 100 people gathered at the building site for the service presided over by the U.S. Oblate Provincial, Fr. William M. Antone, OMI and attended by friends and Oblates from the San Antonio area and around the country. The five-building complex will contain a total of 25 bedrooms to accommodate the men in formation and three formators with two or three set aside as guest rooms. According to Southwest Area Councilor, Fr. Art Flores, OMI, the new complex is envisioned as more than just a local, or U.S. formation residence. “This is going to be a Scholasticate that the entire congregation can use…it already is. There’s Zambians, Canadians, Mexicans; there are Americans and Indians. 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.”

One of the many Oblates attending was Vicar-Provincial, Fr. Lou Studer, OMI (L) with Fr. Art Flores, OMI

One of the many Oblates attending was Vicar-Provincial, Fr. Lou Studer, OMI (L) with Fr. Art Flores, OMI

In describing how the buildings will be used, Fr. Flores pointed out that the scholastics will be anything but isolated in separate buildings, “One of the residences will be kind of like the main building where there will be a dining area and a kitchen, where the community will go for all their meals. Another house will have the chapel where the scholastics go for daily prayer, a third house will have the community room where they will gather for meetings and relaxation. These are not five individual houses where people live separately; it will be a community.”

(L-R) Fr. William Antone, OMI, and Fr. Art Flores, OMI listen as Scholastic Brother Dawid Karchut addresses the crowd

(L-R) Fr. William Antone, OMI, and Fr. Art Flores, OMI listen as Scholastic Brother Dawid Karchut addresses the crowd

Funding for the new complex came from a variety of sources: “We’ve had a wonderful response from Artie Pingolt and the Oblate Partnership, their partners have responded very, very generously, as well as so many donors who support the Oblates. We are very grateful to both of those groups. The first spades of soil were turned by Scholastic Brother Daniel Zeigler, Fr. Antone, and former Vocations Director, Fr. Charles Banks, OMI. The prayer service featured Fr. William M. Antone presiding; Fr. Art Flores, Master of Ceremonies, along with readings by some of the current scholastics because, according to Fr. Flores, “It’s their house!” The as-yet-unnamed residence complex is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Future residents made up of Oblate Formators and scholastics, L-R) Fr. Raul Salas, OMI, Bro. Felix Nyambe, Bro. Vincent Adaikalasamy, Bro. Eleazar Manuel-Lopez, Bro. Eugene Mule, Bro.Thomas Franklin, Oblate Fathers, Nebby Mutale, and Art Flores

Future residents made up of Oblate Formators and scholastics, L-R) Fr. Raul Salas, OMI, Bro. Felix Nyambe, Bro. Vincent Adaikalasamy, Bro. Eleazar Manuel-Lopez, Bro. Eugene Mule, Bro.Thomas Franklin, Oblate Fathers, Nebby Mutale, and Art Flores

While ever so grateful for the generous outpouring of support, the Missionary Oblates are still raising funds to complete this project. Multiple naming opportunities still exist to build this seminary – please call the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving to partner with us at 1-(800)-233-6264.

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