You may remember my letter from a few months ago introducing three new members of our community--Jimmy Herrighty, Jonathan Dick, and Matt Trovato.

On August 10, we celebrated these talented men as they made their First Profession of Vows at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington. Welcoming Jimmy, Jon and Matt into the Oblate community that Saturday morning was a truly joyous occasion.

The Profession ceremony is just one of many steps the novices will take as they continue along the road of Salesian Spirituality. There are still many milestones to reach and many challenges to overcome to answer God's call. We look forward to supporting them through each stage of this sacred journey because we know they can't do it alone.

They need our help, just as we need yours.

As you know from our past letters, it costs more than $41,000 a year, per seminarian, for their training and studies. We can't meet this need without your generous support.

As Oblates, we are called to live our lives as Jesus would--following His example of prayer, community and service to others. This means Oblate priests and brothers live and work together as a community, devoting countless hours to prayer and serving wherever the need is greatest.

With gratitude,
Rev. Michael S. Murray, OSFS
Assistant Provincial

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