Posted by svobadm8230a on 08/29/13

Oblates and their guests, some 73 people, participated in the Archabbey’s celebration of the Feast of St. Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism. Some of the Oblates arrived o n July 10 and thus were able to witness the first profession at Evening Prayer of Br. Lawrence Machia. At the concelebrated Mass at 10:00 on July 11, Archabbot Douglas, the principal celebrant and homilist, received the solemn profession of vows of Br. Mat thew Lambert and Br. Isaac Haywiser. At 2:00 in St. Gregory Chapel Thomas Acklin gave an animated, practical, and in - depth presentation on the three Benedictine vows: conversatio morum , stability, and obedience.

During Oblation ceremonies at 3:00 in St. Gregory Chapel,
Fr. Donald invested the following as Oblate novices :

Randi Anderson
of St. Marys, PA

Barbara Franz
of Canonsburg PA

Jana L. Gruber
of Eighty Four, PA

Michael G. Gruber
of Eighty Four, PA

Amy Jones
of Greensburg, PA

Rev. Kevin L. Mackey
of Leechburg, PA

Kyle Martin
of Dilliner, PA

Karolyn R. McPeek
of Venetia, PA

Paula F. Palombo
of McMurray, PA

Geraldine Petro
of McMurray, PA

Elizabeth L. Pocchiari
of Butler, PA

Eleanor “Ellie” Puskarich
of McMurray, PA

Margaret “Maggie” H. Shaffer
of Latrobe, PA

Michael and Jana are husband and wife. Rev. Mackey is pastor of Hebron Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg. Kyle is the son of Oblate Diana Martin and, at age 14, is the youngest Oblate novice in our whole Oblate community. Maggie is the daughter of Oblate John Hudock. A number of the new Oblate novices are parishioners of St. Benedict the Abbot Church in McMurray, whose celebration of its 50 th anniversary as a parish attracted some members to co nsider the Oblate Program a couple of years ago.. After the investiture s the following Oblate jubilarians were honored: Ethel (Mary Grace) Galli – 50 years, Martha Banda – 20 years, James (Benedict) & Nancy (Jane) Barlock – 15 years, William (Gregory) G ibson – 15 years, Susan (Gertrude) Krouse – 5 years, Nancy (Rose) Premoshis – 5 years, Bernard (Romuald/Modomnoc) Hughes – 5 years. Also honored in absentia were Michael (Gerard) Rocca - 50 years, Dolores (Francis) Monaco – 30 years, Hazel (Scholastica) P earsall – 30 years, Mary Jane (Placid) Duggan – 25 years, Carl (Neri) Eckels – 25 years, Ann (Monica) Pakos – 15 years, Peg Palfy – 5 years, and Johnny (Mark) Kitchens – 5 years. The Oblates joined the monastic community and other guests for Vespers at 5:0 0, and some 34 stayed for supper in the Seminary Dining Room ; the meal closed with the singing of the “Ultima.”


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