Donors & Friends

Institutional Advancement News

Spring Semester 2016

Dear Oblate School of Theology Donors and Friends,

Without the kindness and generosity of so many wonderful friends, Oblate School of Theology (OST) would not be the vibrant center of theological education that it is today.

OST is blessed to have 169 students enrolled in our Masters and Doctoral programs this semester and another 125 individuals enrolled in our certificate programs: the Lay Ministry Institute, Instituto de Formación Pastoral/Pastoral Formation Institute, Programa de Espiritualidad y Dirección Espiritual and the ACTS Spiritual Companion Formation Program.

Our PhD in Spirituality program is going strong with 10 students. Another 32 students are studying at the doctoral level in pursuit of their Doctor of Ministry degrees. We have 61 students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program; 23 students are pursuing the MA (Spirituality); 20 students are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program; 10 students are pursuing the MA (Theology); and 13 students are enrolled in other programs.

We have students from six men’s religious formation communities: Brothers of the Beloved Disciple, Capuchin Franciscans, Conventual Franciscans, Franciscans, Trinitarians and Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. We also have seminarians from the dioceses of Amarillo, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Fort Worth, Laredo, Lubbock, Nashville, Omaha, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Bernardino, and San Salvador. Our students from Argentina, Canada, El Salvador, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and from all across the United States.

OST’s Continuing Education offerings have grown over the years from one or two per month, to several each week. Over the course of the year, those programs draw 3,000 to 4,000 individuals to our campus. Thousands more visit the Oblate Renewal Center and Whitley Theological Center each year.

The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality (ISCS) is broadening the School’s reach into the community and beyond. Last fall, the ISCS sponsored its first annual Spirituality and Social Justice Conference celebrating the life and legacy of Dorothy Day. The ISCS is currently partnering with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, The Ecumenical Center, The Final Acts Project, Haven for Hope Spiritual Services, peaceCenter and the National Association of Social Workers - Alamo Branch on an innovative, research-based education and training program, “Spirituality and Health Care: Cultivating Compassionate Care for Patients and Health Care Providers.” OST has something for everyone and we welcome all.

You are always welcome at OST. If you have never visited our campus, or if it has been a while since you were here, please feel free to come by soon. We would love for you to see the Labyrinth of the Little Flower, a relatively new addition to our campus, which was dedicated one year ago. It pleases us that so many people come to OST to walk the labyrinth, which is located on the south side of the Immaculate Conception Chapel, or to sit at our Last Supper sculpture and have a meal with (the statue of) Jesus. Please contact me if you plan to visit and would like a personal campus tour.

If you do not currently receive OST News, our magazine published three times each year, but would like to, please contact Yolanda Garcia at (210) 341-1366, Ext. 219 or yolanda@ost.edu. Or if you are interested in learning more about our Continuing Education programs and are not currently receiving our mailings, please contact Yolanda to be added to our mailing list.

Sincerely,

Lea Kochanek

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
(210) 341-1366, Ext. 285/(210) 457-7731 (direct)
lkochanek@ost.edu
Fax:  (210) 341-4519