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2023 OMI JPIC Year in Review February 8th, 2024

In this video we are recap some of our activities in 2023, as we look forward to exciting opportunities in 2024. We express gratitude for the collective efforts that brought us together in 2023, making a positive impact on our world. Let’s carry this spirit into this new year.

OMI JPIC – Most Viewed Stories in 2020 January 19th, 2021

Want to know which stories received the most attention on OMI JPIC’s website and Facebook page in 2020? Click the link for the list and happy reading! in a new tab)

46th Annual March for Life Scheduled for Friday, January 18 January 18th, 2019








“…that I should not lose anything of what he gave me…” John 6:39

The 46th Annual March for Life will take place in Washington, DC on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 11:30 AM on the National Mall. A  full schedule of the pre and post programs, travel information, printable march route, downloadable March for Life app, etc, can be found at the official website:  

OMI JPIC has also created a resource that can be used in parish bulletins, with community groups, or for personal reflection, to encourage awareness and action around life issues. 

Download the one-page resource here.

OMI JPIC Hosts Bi-annual Meeting of Advisory Committee May 1st, 2017

Last week JPIC hosted the US JPIC Advisory Committee at a twice-yearly meeting to review and share progress on JPIC’s work. The Committee offered feedback on recent JPIC initiatives and discussed future opportunities.

The meeting’s highlights included viewing and discussing the film, Doctrine of Discovery, presented by Gary Elie and Carleton of the Presbyterian Eco Ministry movement in St. Louis, MO.  They shared their insights on dismantling the ‘doctrine of discovery’, which Christian explorers used to lay claim to indigenous lands and called on the faith community to pursue environmental justice and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.


Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, shares latest happenings at La Vista Ecological learning Center in Godfrey, IL.

A second guest presenter was Fr. George Kirwin, OMI, archival researcher and former president of Oblate College, who gave a fascinating talk on the history of the Oblate property in Washington, DC from 1916 to present.

(From L to R) Bayor Chantal, JPIC Volunteer, Fr. Daniel LeBlanc, OMI and Fr. Quilin Bouzi, OMI

The group also toured 3-Part Harmony Farm, the District’s first commercial farm operation located on the grounds of the Oblate residence and listened to a owner/manager Gail Taylor’s update on the farm’s growth.

On Saturday, April 29, some committee members and staff attended the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, a national event coinciding with President Trump’s 100th day in office.

(From L to R) Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI, Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann (Gary’s wife) and Gary Huelsmann (Committee Chairman)

The US JPIC Advisory Committee is a mix of Oblates and laypersons passionate on issues of justice, economic development and ecology. They serve as a sounding board for the JPIC Office. The US OMI Provincial Administration is inviting new members to serve on the committee. Oblates are always encouraged to consider joining this committee. If you are interested please let us know at
Current US JPIC Advisory Committee members are: 
  • Mr. Gary Huelsmann, Chair, is Chief Executive Officer at Caritas Family Solutions, Belleville, IL
  • James Brobst, OMI, Consultant and Liturgical Organist and Midwest Area Councilor for the US Province
  •  Séamus Finn, OMI, is Chief of Faith Consistent Investing – OIP Investment Trust & Consultant
  • Fr. Quilin Bouzi, OMI, is Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Buffalo, NY
  • Dr. Victor Carmona, is Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX
  • Antonio Ponce, OMI, is Director of JPIC
  • Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, is Director of the Oblate Ecology Initiative 
  • Ms. Patti Radle, is Co-Director of Inner City Development, San Antonio, TX
  • George Ngolwe, is Associate Director of JPIC

Executive Action: Keeping Migrant Families Together November 23rd, 2014

The Oblate JPIC Office joins with other religious communities in celebrating President Obama’s historic action to provide deportation relief to an estimated 5 million of our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters. See the JPIC blog on the President’s recent announcement. 

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