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Fr. Jim Walther, OMV                         –Provincial: U.S. Province

We are pleased to announce that Fr. Jim Walther, OMV, has been chosen as the new Provincial of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary U.S. Province.  A native of Michigan, Fr. Jim has extensive pastoral experience, including retreat work, spiritual direction, and many years of parish ministry, including serving thirteen years as pastor of the large and vibrant St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, Illinois.  He replaces Fr. Dave Nicgorski, OMV, who, as you know, was elected last month as Rector Major (Father General) of the entire Congregation throughout the world.  As Provincial, Fr. Jim will serve as the “ordinary” or main ecclesiastical authority of the U.S. Province, which includes not only our houses in the United States but also our foundations in Cebu and Antipolo in the Philippines.  One of Fr. Jim’s first tasks will be to assign a new pastor for St. Mary’s — and to assign a new replacement for the Oblate who will become the new pastor!  The drama continues as our Province enters a new era of its life.  Please pray for us and our Province during this important time of transition!

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New Audio Books from Crossroad

Discernment of Spiritsaudio

Discerning the Will of God

Now Available for Purchase: Crossroad, 2015

Looking forward to reading the books of Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV, but not finding the time to do so? Wondering how you could be a little more productive during that long commute to work?  No worries — now two of Fr. Tim’s most popular titles (with more on the way) are available as audio books on CD!  “The Discernment of Spirits:  An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living” is Fr. Tim’s first book and is read by Fr. Dan Barron, OMV.  It comes on eight CDs and lasts for nine hours, covering the text of the entire book.  “Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making”  helps you to make spiritual sense of your major life decisions.  This book is read by Fr. John Wykes, OMV.  It comes on five CDs and lasts for just under five hours, covering the text of the entire book.

These items and more are available for purchase from Fr. Tim’s website.  Visit the site by clicking here.
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