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Advent 2013

What a gift Advent is – a time to pause and reflect on the wonder of God’s awesome gift of love, His only begotten Son! During this holy season, we are more mindful than ever of those whose generosity makes possible everything we do at Oblate School of Theology (OST). Everything on the OST campus exists because of the kindness of our benefactors. During Advent, as we do every day, we pray in thanksgiving for all who support OST and ask God’s abundant blessings upon them.

In 2008, OST launched the Building on Faith Campaign, which reflects the School’s vision of enhancing its educational service to students, increasing its capacity to serve the Catholic community and furthering our mission to serve and evangelize the poor. Our goal is to grow from a local institution to regional and national prominence in theological education and we are well on our way.

For nearly two years now, the Whitley Theological Center (WTC) and our guest residence, which were built in the first phase of the campaign, have been in use. These two state-of-the-art facilities have been serving OST and the San Antonio community very well. Hundreds of people come to the OST campus each week for events held at the WTC, many who had never been to our campus before. Having our guest residence’s inviting and comfortable accommodations to offer visiting faculty, continuing education speakers, out-of-town students, and special visitors has been a great blessing.

Thanks to hundreds of donors who, believing in what we do, support our mission by generously investing in OST, nearly 90 percent of our $30 million campaign goal has been achieved. However, there is still work to be done, such as the renovation of the Benson Theological Center and funding programs until returns on endowment investments can fully support those programs.

We are in the final drive toward realizing our goal. If you made a gift or pledge to the Building on Faith campaign, thank you. If you haven’t yet done so, we hope you will consider it. If you made a gift but would like to do more, please contact me. With everyone’s help, we can reach our goal. Every gift is vitally important and deeply appreciated.

If you do not currently receive our OST News 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 Continuing Education mailings, please contact Yolanda and she will see that you are added to our mailing list

If you have never visited our campus, or if it has been a while since you were here, please come by soon. I’d be happy to show you our newest facilities. You’re always welcome at OST.

Wishing you and yours a blessed Advent and a peace-filled and joyful Christmas,

Lea Kochanek

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