The Real Tragedy of Sin

The real tragedy of sin is that often the one who is sinned against eventually becomes a sinner, inflicting on others what was first inflicted upon him or her. There’s something perverse within us whereby when we are sinned against we tend to take in the sin, complete with the sickness from which it emanated, […]

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Reticence and Secrecy as Virtue

Just as it can be bad to keep secrets, we can also be too loose in sharing ourselves. We can lack proper reticence. We can trivialize what’s precious inside us. In all healthy people there’s a natural reticence about revealing too much of themselves and a concomitant need to keep certain things secret. Too often […]

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Playing Loose with the Truth

Scripture tells us that Satan is the Prince of Lies and Jesus makes it clear that, among all sins, failure to acknowledge the truth is far and away the most dangerous. It can be quite disheartening to watch the news these days. Our world is full of hatred, bigotry, racism, and over-stimulated greed and ego. […]

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We Need Your Help to Renovate the Pat Guidon Center

With immense gratitude, we look back on the past year and remember all the good things that have happened at Oblate School of Theology, thanks to the generosity of so many friends. We extend our deepest appreciation to those who responded so generously to our 2016 appeal to repair the front stairs on the Benson […]

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God’s Closeness

“As Christians, we believe that God is infinite and ineffable. This means that while we can know God, we can never imagine God.” There’s a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to life.  Many of us, […]

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New Online Course on Consecrated Life

St. Eugene de Mazenod reviews the Rule in the place where he wrote it in the countryside of Provence. “You have from the first day we came together grasped the spirit which must animate us and which we must communicate to others.” – St. Eugene de Mazenod Starting in the Spring of 2018, Oblate School […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 36

SUNDAY, JAN 7 Mt 2:1-12 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 35

SATURDAY, JAN 6 Mark 1:7-11 This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” It happened in those days that Jesus came […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 34

FRIDAY, JAN 5 John 1: 43-51 Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 33

THURSDAY, JAN 4 John 1: 35 -42   John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 32

WEDNESDAY, JAN 3 John 1: 29-34 John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 31

TUESDAY, JAN 2 John 1:19-28 This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 30

MONDAY, JAN 1 Luke 2: 16 -21 The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 29

SUNDAY, DEC 31 Luke 2: 39 – 40 When the days were completed for their purification  according to the law of Moses,  they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.  When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord,  they returned to Galilee, to their own town […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 28

SATURDAY, DEC 30 Luke 2: 36-40 There was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 27

FRIDAY, DEC 29 Luke 2:22-35 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 26

THURSDAY, DEC 28 Matthew 2: 13 -18 When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph […]

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OST News Magazine Fall 2017

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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Keeping Watch: Day 25

WEDNESDAY, DEC 27 John 20 1a, 2-8 On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” So Peter and the other […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 24

TUESDAY, DEC 26 Matthew 10:17-22 Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 23

MONDAY, DEC 25 John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 22

SUNDAY, DEC 24 Luke 1: 26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 21

SATURDAY, DEC 23 Luke 1: 57 -66 When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 20

FRIDAY, DEC 22 Luke 1:46-56 Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 19

THURSDAY, DEC 21 Luke 1:39-45 Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 18

WEDNESDAY, DEC 20 Luke 1: 26-38 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 17

TUESDAY, DEC 19 Luke 1:5-25 In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 16

MONDAY, DEC 18 Matthew 1:18-25 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 15

SUNDAY, DEC 17 John 1:6-8, 19-28 A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 14

SATURDAY, DEC 16 Matthew 17:9A, 10-13 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the son of Man has been raised from the dead.” Then the disciples asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 13

FRIDAY, DEC 15 Matthew 11: 16-19 Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ For John came neither […]

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Paralysis, Exasperation, and Helplessness as Prayer

Several years ago I received an email that literally stopped my breath. A man who had been for many years an intellectual and faith mentor to me, a man whom I thoroughly trusted, and a man with whom I had developed a life-giving friendship, had killed both his wife and himself in a murder-suicide. The […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 12

THURSDAY, DEC 14 Matthew 11: 11-15 Jesus said to the crowds: “Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 11

WEDNESDAY, DEC 13 Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 10

TUESDAY, DEC 12 Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 9

MONDAY, DEC 11 Luke 5: 17-26 One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 8

SUNDAY, DEC 10 Mark 1: 1-8 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 7

SATURDAY, DEC 9 Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8 Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 6

FRIDAY, DEC 8 Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 5

THURSDAY, DEC 7 Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 4

WEDNESDAY, DEC 6 Matthew 15:29-37 At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others.  They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.  The crowds […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 3

TUESDAY, DEC 5 Lk 10:21-24 Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 2

MONDAY, DEC 4 Matthew 8: 5-11 When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my […]

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Healthy and Unhealthy Fear of God

“Everything has a moral contour that needs to be respected. It’s healthy to be afraid of violating any goodness, truth, or beauty.” As a theologian, priest, and preacher, I often get asked: “Why isn’t the church preaching more fear of God anymore? Why aren’t we preaching more about the dangers of going to hell? Why […]

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Upcoming Online Course in Salesian Spirituality

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” – St. Francis de Sales Starting in the Spring of 2018, Oblate School of Theology’s Master of Arts in Spirituality will offer an asynchronous online course designed to introduce students to the Salesian tradition, one of the most attractive and accessible “schools” of […]

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Keeping Watch: Day 1

SUNDAY, DEC 3 Mk 13:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you […]

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Family of Origin Impacts How We Minister

I learned to be…… In our family of origin, we learn many important lessons and also ways to apply guidelines in relationships. From this background, we gain a healthy respect for adults, a keen ear for impending conflict and a set of skills to cope with the daily struggles of life. When accepting the ministry […]

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Was Jesus Politically Correct?

” Jesus did not sugar coat his message because the Jewish elite might be offended. He was not willing to change God’s message because some might feel left out.” I can still remember when I entered college and had my first religious studies class. I was a naive young “cradle Catholic.” I had no idea […]

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God’s Command to Kill the Canaanites

“To live lives of sobriety, commitment, and fidelity demands more than half-measures. An alcoholic in recovery knows that he or she cannot have it both ways. The same is true in terms of sustaining ourselves in any life-giving commitment.” In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, shares very candidly about his […]

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Fr. Peter Phan to Give Free Public Lecture at OST

Oblate School of Theology has scored a major coup in bringing Father Peter C. Phan to give its 2017 Louis G. Vance Lecture in Systematic Theology Oct. 17 in the lecture’s third year, said Father John Markey, OP, Associate Professor of Theology. He called Fr. Phan “one of the most significant theologians in the United […]

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Misconceptions About Catholic Marriage and Annulment

Many questions and misconceptions surround the topic of marriage in the Catholic Church. How many of these have you heard?   “I had to get my annulment before I could get married in the Church.”   “Why is it taking so long for them to process my annulment?”   “Why is it taking so long […]

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The Power of Ritual

“Ritual practice keeps us doing what we should be doing (praying, working, being at table with our families, being polite) even when our feelings aren’t always onside. We need to do certain things not because we always feel like doing them, but because it’s right to do them.” I don’t always find it easy to […]

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A Missionary to the End: Fr. Pierre Yves Keralum, OMI

“The great esteem in which Kéralum was held during his life, combined with his mysterious death and the well-publicized discovery of his body, ensured him a prominent place in the annals of the pioneers of Catholicism in Texas…” Pierre Yves Kéralum, a pioneer Catholic missionary and church architect in the lower Rio Grande valley, was […]

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Generous Donation to Bring Rolheiser Research Center to OST

Linda and Edward Speed have made a major gift to Oblate School of Theology (OST) to fund the “Preservation and Access Project:  The Writings of Ron Rolheiser, OMI” in support of the Rolheiser Research Center.  Their gift is for the preservation of the writings of Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI, which have advanced the understanding of Catholic […]

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Henri Nouwen Brought Spirituality into the Secular Mainstream

“The word ‘spirituality’ didn’t exist in English back then. If you look in a library before 1965, you’re not going to find the word in Christian books in English. We had devotional and aesthetic literature. Henri was a pioneer who laid out a discipline and a language which the rest of us are now using.” […]

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Reading the Letters of Henri Nouwen

“I prefer simply to tell you that I consider myself primarily a priest who wants to minister as concretely and directly as possible with and form the people I love.” Gabrielle Earnshaw, who edited a collection of 204 of Henri Nouwen’s nearly 4,000 letters to people all over the world, said they provide a a […]

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How Henri Nouwen Read Scripture

A Toronto nun who knew Henri Nouwen at Toronto’s L’Arch Daybreak community where the popular spiritual writer spent the last 10 years of his life gave a glimpse of the Dutch priest-author’s vulnerability and compassion recently at Oblate School of Theology. Sister Sue Mosteller, CSJ, the executrix of Nouwen’s archives, addressed some 400 people at […]

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St. Hildegard’s Trinity

“The Holy Spirit is Christ’s Spirit, and Jesus is the image of the Father. For us men, He shows us what God is like because He had flesh and could be touched.” St. Hildegard was born in 1098, and came from a family of German aristocrats. She was their tenth child and was offered as […]

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Henri Nouwen as a Model of Renewed Priesthood

“Our common vocation is to define our spiritual life as ‘a life in which we keep making connections between God’s story and our own. We insert ourselves into the Christ narrative, a narrative of redemptive love.’” Henri Nouwen, the greatest spiritual writer of the past 70 years, provides a sterling model for the type of […]

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Yolanda Garcia Awarded OST Medal of Honor

Oblate School of Theology awarded the second OST Medal of Honor in its history to an employee who has lived the Oblate charism for many years and worked for the School for some 18 years. The medal was instituted in 2016. Yolanda Garcia, administrative assistant for OST’s Institutional Advancement Department, received the medal from Father […]

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Ron Rolheiser: On Substance and Appearance

“Our world has become obsessed with appearance, with image, with persona, with what’s in the store window, with how we’re perceived. Today it’s more important to look good than to be good, more important to look healthy than to be healthy, and more important to have a good- looking surface than to have much in […]

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OST Awards Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, with Honorary Doctorate

“knowing the Oblates has reinforced for me the charge of St. Eugene to ‘leave nothing undared,’” The first woman chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Antonio called Oblate School of Theology “a concrete testimony to the Oblate charism lived out,” but “a blessing to all who, like me, find a home here,” as she accepted […]

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(Video) Guy Consolmago: The New Physics and the Old Metaphysics

The concept of God as Creator is not tied to any particular cosmology, but has endured even as our scientific cosmologies have radically changed. The traditional Christian understanding of God is not merely as some force within nature, operating alongside gravity or electromagnetism at ‘time zero’ to start a universe. Rather, God is supernatural, outside […]

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Extremists Poison Religion and the Faithful Suffer

“That title, Islamist, wants to paint the attackers as faithful Muslims acting in response to faith. Yet, if we ask most Muslims, they will tell you these attackers are not Muslims.” The attacks in Manchester and London have left yet another indelible mark on the world. Accompanied by the recent attacks in Paris and other […]

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OST News Magazine Summer 2017

    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 […]

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OST Awarded Grants for Spanish-Language Masters in Pastoral Ministry

“OST is well situated for such a program. We’re in a historically bilingual, bicultural city with a large Spanish-speaking population, and we’ve been engaged in preparing candidates for ministry in Spanish since our founding in 1903.” Oblate School of Theology (OST) has received two grants totaling $65,000 from the Association of Theological Schools that will […]

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Renewing the Parish, Rebuilding the Church

“…I thought back over the years of ministry and the patterns I had observed that brought people to and drove them away from the Church. It prompted the question “Why don’t they come?” This is what I sought to answer over the next five years.” In the summer of 2005, I began the work on […]

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Oblate School of Theology Celebrates 2017 Commencement

Oblate School of Theology awarded 10 Master of Arts (Spirituality), one Master of Arts (Theology), five Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, eight Master of Divinity, one Doctor of Ministry and two honorary doctoral degrees during its 2017 Commencement exercise May 5 in the Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel. The Master of Arts (Spirituality) was conferred […]

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Being Ministers Whose Hearts Have Been Touched by the Oblate Cross

“During our time here, our hearts, and God willing our ministries, have been touched by the Oblate cross… So, how will our ministries be true to that blessing?  What does it mean to be disciples whose hearts have been touched by the Oblate cross?” The following is the 2017 Commencement Address for Certificate programs at Oblate School […]

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Sample Magis Retreat Reflection Day 3

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Sample Magis Retreat Reflection Day 2

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Sample Magis Retreat Reflection Day 1

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Kusenberger Chair of Oblate Studies Inaugurated in Rome

Oblate School of Theology has become the first institute of higher education in the world to have an endowed teaching chair specifically focused on Oblate Studies. Fr. Frank Santucci, OMI, assistant professor of spirituality at OST, is the first professor to hold the chair.   The Kusenberger Chair of Oblate Studies was inaugurated Jan. 21 […]

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Christian Spirituality in a Rapidly Changing World

“Twenty-first-century society is undergoing massive and accelerated change and dislocation at all levels – social, economic, political, cultural, and religious. In response, many of us hunger for a deeper intimacy with God and a more meaningful connection with fellow seekers on the spiritual path and with the natural world. It is this hunger that led […]

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Ron Rolheiser: On Not Overreacting to Criticism

“We are meant to be food for the life of world; not the food of defensiveness, but the food of understanding, graciousness, and forgiveness.” Today we live in an intellectual climate that, at significant places, is both anti-church and anti-clerical. In many circles, it’s fashionable today to bash the churches and organized religion. Moreover, this […]

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OST Honors Fr. David Garcia at Spring Gala

“Fr. David is a priest I’d order from a catalog.“ – Ron Rolheiser, OMI Father David Garcia has an enviable resume when it comes to accomplishments in major institutional assignments. No sooner had he been named Grand Marshal of the 2017 Battle of Flowers Parade when Oblate School of Theology honored him for those achievements […]

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OST News Magazine Spring 2017

  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 […]

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Water Justice: Some Practical Ideas for Parishes

“From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.” Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice Oblate School of Theology, partnering with peaceCENTER, served as the only partner site in San Antonio from among 80 partner sites around the world for this international and interactive conference […]

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THESES AND DISSERTATIONS FOR 2016

Doctor of Ministry Brock, Fredricc Gerard—I Became: Black Church Identity and Violence in the Community. Gordon, John B.—From Father to “Padrecito”: Renewal of the Diocesan Priesthood by Means of Small Faith-Sharing Communities within Parish Life in the United States through the Hispanic Cultural Context.   Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Bremar, Ian Mitchel—Bible Blogging: […]

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Book Review – Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual. By Joseph Martos

Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual. By Joseph Martos. Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2015. 307 pages. $34.00. Students and practitioners alike will recognize in the present work the long-standing concern of Professor Martos with the experience of the worshipping community.  In this case, his point of departure is his perception of widespread alienation among […]

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POPE FRANCIS AND THE RISE OF A PASTORAL MAGISTERIUM

Richard R. Gaillardetz The 2016 Louis G. Vance Lecture Oblate School of Theology   Each pope brings something of himself into the papal office, but few do so in a way that fundamentally reconfigures our understanding of the papacy itself. Karol Wojtyla brought his charisma, a flair for the dramatic, and a sweeping global vision […]

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JESUS, SPIRIT-EMPOWERED SON OF ABBA

Dale M. Schlitt, OMI While reviewing a provisional list of potential testimonials to experience of the Trinity in preparation for a seminar in Trinitarian spirituality, I thought that perhaps we should start at the beginning. The ideal then seemed to be to go back to Jesus of Nazareth himself and to his experience of God. […]

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THE RESURRECTION: STORY, REALITY, OR THE REAL STORY?

Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM The 2016 Montalbano Lecture Oblate School of Theology   INTRODUCTION Good evening. Thank you for inviting me to offer this year’s Montalbano Lecture in honor of a distinguished biblical scholar of Oblate School of Theology, and in this holy season as we prepare to celebrate the central mystery of our faith: […]

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THE HEAVENS ARE TELLING THE GLORY OF GOD: THE COSMIC HISTORY OF THREE SACRAMENTALS

Linda Gibler, OP Throughout our Roman Catholic Tradition, from ancient biblical texts to Laudato Si’, we can hear creation singing God’s praise and revealing God to us. The Heavens tell the glory of God; the mountains echo with God’s majesty; oceans tell us of God’s enduring presence. Pope Francis, speaking of Saint Francis, “invites us […]

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Offerings Vol. 10 Contents and Editorial Overview

DIVINE SACRAMENTAL PRESENCE Editorial Overview   The various elements of this volume of Offerings call attention to God’s redemptive presence as the risen Jesus Christ, particularly to the sacramental mediation of that presence. Linda Gibler explores how the common elements of water, olive oil, and wheat reveal the glory of God, the author of Creation. […]

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Fr. Charles Taylor, OMI and the Catholic Workers’ Union

In November of 1930, relations between the spinach growers and their labor force, most of which were parishioners of Fr. Taylor, came to a head.  The workers met to discuss their grievances, and Fr. Taylor attended the meeting as well.  The meeting resulted in The Catholic Workers Union, the first farm workers’ union in Texas.  […]

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Rev. Dr. Webster Preaches Christian Unity “In Times Like These”

Photo Courtesy of Christian Unity Baptist Church The Rev. Dr. Dwight Webster, founding and senior pastor of Christian Unity Baptist Church in New Orleans, addressed an audience of about 60 people Friday night in Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel on the theme “In Times Like These – Christian Unity in 2017.” The […]

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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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French School of Spirituality Sowed Seeds of Renewal; Remains Influential Today

Photo: Jeff Geerling  “The core of this ethos is not merely the imitation of Christ but a radical, mystical participation in the divine energy unleashed in the Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection of Jesus… It insists on a profound interior conformity to Christ conjoined to lives of apostolic service. – Dr. Wendy M. Wright” ​The French Wars […]

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The Bible’s Dance to the Song of Creation – 2015 Montalbano Lecture at Oblate School of Theology

Dianne Bergant, CSA   INTRODUCTION Women and men have always been fascinated by the universe. Poets, dreamers, and mystics of every kind have looked to the heavens in wonder and awe and for inspiration. The magnificence and scope of the universe have transported them to realms of fantasy and ecstasy alike. This universe has both […]

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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 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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Il Ruolo Dei Laici Nella Cooperazione Missionaria Secondo I Documenti Della Chiesa Prima del 1978

Marek Rostkowski Il periodo pre-conciliare Dal Concilio di Trento al Vaticano I non si può parlare in senso stretto dell’esistenza di un “laicato cattolico” ma si può e si deve parlare di una sua lenta preparazione e delle premesse per una sua attiva presenza nell’apostolato. Luigi Sartori scrive che “dei laici non si parli al […]

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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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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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