OST to Inaugurate Kusenberger Chair of Oblate Studies

Oblate School of Theology (OST) will inaugurate formally the Kusenberger Chair of Oblate Studies, the first endowed teaching chair in the United States dedicated to spreading knowledge of the history of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate charism, Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2017, in the Oblates’ General House in Rome.  Father Frank Santucci, OMI, Assistant […]

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OST Remembers Archbishop Flores as Model of Pastoral Leadership

 Photo: Catholic News Service “Archbishop Flores brought to the Church in San Antonio a new meaning of pastoral leadership. He was passionately pastoral. He loved being with people, and there was never a time when he put something else above his pastoral concern, knowing the people and their needs and being close to the people. That’s […]

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THESES AND DISSERTATIONS FOR 2013-15

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY Bolinski, Linda Marie, SS.C.M.—Living in History, Living in Hope: Women’s Apostolic Religious Life in the United States.  2013 Del Rosario, Jaime, O.M.I.—Christ’s Shepherd among the Disciples: Nourishing Growth in Discipleship for Vocation Discernment among Oblates of Mary Immaculate College-Level Formands in the Philippines.  2015 Kibombwe, Freeborn Isaac, O.M.I.—Interactive Catechetical Instruction through Radio […]

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Christ’s Shepherd Among the Disciples: Re-Exploring, in a Filipino Context, Formation Ministry’s Scriptural, Philosophical and Theological Grounding

    Jaime Del Rosario, OMI   The dwindling number of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) college-level seminarians proceeding to their novitiate in the Philippines prompted this researcher’s study of both the situation of these seminarians and contextualizing principles – scriptural, philosophical, and theological – of a ministerial response.   The Pastoral Situation and Method […]

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God Will Be Our Help: Bishop Eugène de Mazenod and His Trust in Divine Providence

  Joseph T. LaBelle, OMI Confidence in God’s ultimate goodness and enduring providence is considered a concrete expression of the theological virtue of hope.[1]  Present in the early ministerial life of Saint Eugène de Mazenod (1782-1861), this quality was further strengthened at several moments during his years as bishop of Marseilles (1837-1861) and is indicative […]

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Offerings Vol. 9 Contents and Editorial Overview

NEW HORIZONS: BEYOND THE CUSTOMARY IN THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY Editorial Overview This issue of Offerings allows the reader to explore from various perspectives the benefit, and even the wonder, of stepping beyond the comfort zones of one’s intellectual and spiritual life. New horizons can enrich theology and spirituality, can allow them to transcend what might otherwise linger […]

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THESES AND DISSERTATIONS FOR 2011-12

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY Dymowski, Thomas H.—Theological Reflection in the Formation of University Peer Ministers.  2012 Flores, Rev. Arthur A.—Creating an Ethos within the Parish That Is Sensitive to the Adult Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse.  2012 Tillery, Chaplain (Lt.Col.) John F.—Trauma to Transcendence: A Pastoral Model for Caregivers of Returning Warriors.  2011   MASTER OF […]

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Black Theology Today

Lecture at the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership Oblate School of Theology January 11, 2014 Dwight N. Hopkins CONTEXT Today we face both a challenge and an opportunity. Or to put it another way: What is the context for developing African American pastoral leadership? The challenge can be seen both on the domestic […]

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Only the Day Can Decide: Meditating on the Gospels

  The 2013 Montalbano Lecture at Oblate School of Theology John Shea   ​Meditating on gospel texts is a time-honored spiritual practice, essential to any Christian following of Jesus. Often the techniques of this lectio divina are described in detail and the outcomes confidently predicted. Focusing on the meditation process itself and giving instructions on how […]

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A Mysticism of Practice- Ignatius of Loyola

Philip Sheldrake INTRODUCTION For many people, St Ignatius of Loyola and his most famous spiritual text, the Spiritual Exercises, are associated with an active Christian life and with developing the spiritual means to enable us to respond wholeheartedly to the call of Jesus Christ to “be with him” in active mission. Thus, to call Ignatius […]

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Offerings Vol. 8 Contents and Editorial Overview

THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY EMBRACE THE EVERYDAY WORLD   Editorial Overview This issue of Offerings allows the reader to explore from various perspectives how theology, in tandem with an active spiritual life, can effectively connect with everyday experience and call faith to greater heights. As faith seeking understanding, exemplary theology necessarily entails lively belief nurtured by prayer. […]

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THESES AND DISSERTATIONS FOR 2008-2009

Doctor of Ministry Doan, Michael C.—The Effectiveness of Interpersonal Relationships Groups for Improving Communication Skills among Parishioners in United States Air Force Chaplaincy Ministries.  2008 Edison, Rev. Barth Gregory Fitzgerald—Self-Care: The Need and a Model.  2008 Ermis, Norman Andrew—Experiences of the First Five Years of Priesthood and the Ongoing Formation of Priests.  2009 Hodges, T.D. […]

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Book Review- Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds by Trevor Herriot

Good writing, like good art, is moral without being moralizing, expresses deep sentiment without being sentimental, challenges without inducing false guilt, and is mature without being cynical.  No easy formula. But it is a formula that Trevor Herriot manages successfully in his most recent book, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of […]

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The Old Testament Background of the Fourth Gospel – 2010 Montalbano Lecture, Oblate School of Theology

Stephen K. Sherwood, CMF Introduction The question of the background of the Fourth Gospel relates to the question of its provenance and intended audience. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was fashionable to see the gospel as addressed to Greeks.  In such an interpretation, one would look for allusions to Greek thought, especially […]

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Lay Ministry and Its Rightful Place in the Church

Joseph G. Diermeier Introduction “We are living in one of the most significant periods of ministerial transformation in the history of the church.”1 These words echo the sentiments of the U.S. bishops in their 2005 statement “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.”2 Building upon the conciliar document, Lumen Gentium 33, the role of lay […]

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The Enduring Counsel of Humility for Ordained Priestly Life and Ministry

Joseph T. LaBelle, OMI “Why don’t they talk about humility in seminary formation these days, Father?” A presbyteral ministry student once asked that question during a class on the theology of ordained ministry. It may first sound like a question with the aim of stirring up controversy among formation teams and professors (readers who have […]

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The Turn to The “Beautiful” In U.S. Hispanic/Latino Theology: Theological Aesthetics of Roberto Goizueta and Alejandro Garcia-Rivera

Gregory J. Zuschlag   INTRODUCTION: THE CHALLENGE OF INCULTURATION AND THE PROBLEM OF THE DIVORCE OF THE TRANSCENDENTALS One can interpret the recent interest in culture and “aesthetics” in U.S. Hispanic/Latino theological circles as a deliberate meditation upon the following question: how should the inculturated dimensions of faith be genuinely comprehended within the discipline of […]

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Offerings Vol. 7 Contents and Editorial Overview

BEAUTY AND THE BEST Editorial Overview It is easy to be casual about beauty. One can say for example “It’s a beautiful day” but essentially overlook the splendorous harmony of earth, tree, and sky. Utterance here becomes cliché, hardly capable of more profoundly reflecting, by Gerard Manly Hopkins’ view that “The world is charged with […]

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Theses and Dissertations for 2006-7

Theses and Dissertations for 2006-7 Doctor of Ministry Coleman, Darren K.—Spiritual guidance and healing using the “Arise” method. 2007 Jobe, Scott A.—Divorce: a pastoral response within the community of Christ. 2007 Joseph, Theophilus A.—Residential unions in St. Lucia: a theological assessment and pastoral response. 2006 Leggett, Bobby W.—Grace for today and hope for tomorrow: a […]

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Book Review – The Creative Suffering of the Triune God: an Evolutionary Theology by Gloria L. Schaab

M. Christine Morkovsky, CDP   The title of this book leads one to expect a scholarly exploration of divine suffering aided by process theology.  Scholars have reflected on this topic for years, but calling suffering creative and relating it to the Blessed Trinity already shows Schaab is carrying the discussion into new territory.  Taking theologian/scientist […]

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The Theology of Sickness and Suffering According to John Paul II: A Contribution towards Pastoral Care of the Sick

Nicodemus Tebatso Makhalemele   Sickness and suffering are so commonplace in our world that it would seem we should not make too much fuss about them. The sick, like the poor, are always with us (Mk. 14:7). Health-care facilities – hospitals,  clinics, leprosariums, centres for the disabled, nursing homes and day-care centres are always full. […]

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Offerings Vol. 6 Contents and Editor’s Notes

Theology at the Service of People In the past, the presentation of theology, of systematic reflection of the Christian religious and spiritual life, of “faith, seeking understanding” was conceived as something quite separate from the experience of people. It was thought to serve by protecting the Revelation of the Faith of Jesus Christ from distortion […]

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Conflict to Communion: Catholic and Protestant Leaders Discuss Healing at OST

“This brings to the local level the energy that Pope Francis brought last October with Bishop Munib Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, in Lund, Sweden,” Dr. Woodward said. “We hope to encourage Christians from all the denominations involved in the Reformation to work together for the benefit of the whole community.” Five hundred […]

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Dr. Marden Reflects on Time Directing Continuing Education

“Father Ron wanted the Continuing Education department to be a service to the wider community,” she explained. “He wanted OST to be a place for theological discussion on a broad variety of topics across the spectrum, including the ecumenical and interfaith communities,” Ten years ago, Rose Marden was Oblate School of Theology’s associate  academic dean […]

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The Meaning of Solidarity

“…this experience brought to life the reality that we are all one human family.” The meaning of solidarity with the global church came alive for three members of the Oblate School of Theology community in June after a week-long visit to Kenya sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Dr. Victor Carmona and second-year theology seminarians […]

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Pastoral Formation Institute Graduates Thirteen from Dolph Briscoe Unit

“This was a great celebration for the whole Catholic community in the Briscoe Unit,” Dr. Woodward said. “We’re the first Catholic institution of higher education in Texas to offer a program of sacramental preparation in a prison, and we had multiple guys asking if they could be in the program the next time it’s offered.” Thirteen […]

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OST News Magazine Fall 2016

OST News is the official magazine of Oblate School of Theology, published three times a year and covering recent news and events related to the school. Oblate School of Theology, founded and sponsored by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is a Catholic graduate and professional school which provides education for the church’s mission and […]

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Spirituality and Social Justice Conference

In November 2015, ISCS announced its first initiative on social justice, Dorothy Day for Today, A Contemporary Model of Compassion in Action: Spirituality, Social Justice and Ethics. The new forum was the first social justice conference in Texas that fostered an ongoing dialogue in spirituality and social justice. The three-day event featured Rev. Ron Rolheiser […]

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OST Ministry to Minister

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OST Programs

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OST Degrees

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Quality Theological Education

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History

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Mission

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