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2017 National Vocation Awareness Week October 30th, 2017


National Vocation Awareness Week, November 5 – 11, 2017 is the annual event for the U.S Catholic Church to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

Catholics through prayer and education are invited to support those who are considering vocations.

Visit this page for information on becoming a Missionary Oblate.

Watch this video about Oblate Mission.


Mission Sunday 2017 – Catholic Diocese of Livingstone, Zambia October 16th, 2017

Mission Sunday is October 22, 2017. Organized by Propagation of the Faith, Catholics worldwide celebrate and reflect on their baptismal call of the gift of faith and re-commit to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and generosity in support of various young mission dioceses around the world.

Bishop Valentine Kalumba, OMI, was consecrated Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of
Livingstone, Zambia in September 2016. As part of the celebration to mark Mission Sunday 2017, Bishop Valentine Kalumba, OMI, shares about challenges, growing pastoral needs  and      opportunities for mission work in the diocese.

Read the full blog post here.

Share the Journey Campaign: Welcome Migrants and Refugees September 25th, 2017

On September 27, 2017, His Holiness Pope Francis will launch Share the Journey, a two-year worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants and refugees. The campaign highlights Catholic teachings on migration and encourages openness to experiencing a culture of encounter to strengthen the relationships between migrants, refuges and host communities.

The campaign also reaffirms a Catholic commitment to accompany and welcome migrants and refugees. During the campaign, Catholic communities and organizations are encouraged to organize events, develop action guides, advocate and pray in support of migrants and refugees.

The campaign is sponsored by Caritas International. Join us today as we aim to make a difference.

Sr. Maxine Pohlman Receives Conservation Award September 20th, 2017

On Saturday, September 16th, Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, director of La Vista Ecological Learning Center and JPIC Committee member was one of three local residents presented with the 2017 Confluence Conservation Leadership Award at the annual Mississippi Earth tones Festival in Alton, IL. The festival is held annually as part of the State of Illinois’ “It’s Our River Day” initiative to celebrate Illinois watersheds through education, recreation and conservation. The award is for Sr. Maxine’s work with La Vista Ecological Learning Center, and specifically for her conservation work in the “Missionary Oblates’ Woods Nature Preserve”.

Congratulations, Sr. Maxine!



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