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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