Donors & Friends

Institutional Advancement News

Fall 2015

Dear Oblate School of Theology Donors and Friends,

Whoever coined the phrase “the lazy days of summer” never spent a summer at Oblate School of Theology. While classes are not in session and the campus is certainly quieter, there is a great deal happening in preparation for the upcoming academic year. The Institutional Advancement staff is a busy preparing for our exciting schedule of fall events and activities.

Our annual Alumni and Friends Gathering will be held on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitley Theological Center. This “homecoming” is a free event open to all OST graduates, current and former students, faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Trustees, volunteers, tenants, members of the School’s Sunday liturgy community, former Oblates, and Assumption Seminary alumni. The significant others of those invited are also most welcome to attend. The annual Gathering is a wonderful opportunity for members of the ever-growing OST family to reconnect with those who have made their time here so rewarding and so memorable.

OST’s two fall fundraisers are fun events, but very important ways OST’s family and friends can support the mission of the School.

On Monday, September 21, the 29th annual Oblate Open golf tournament will take place at the TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. With tee-off at 8 a.m. and an awards luncheon at the High Velocity Sports Bar at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort immediately following play, the Open offers a very enjoyable way to help a great cause. The net proceeds of the Open benefit the School’s tuition assistance fund. We are hoping for as beautiful a day as we had for last year’s tournament.

The 2014 Oblate Open grossed nearly $73,000. The net proceeds were a significant boost to OST’s tuition assistance fund. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 55 of our graduate degree program students received a total of $242,259 in tuition assistance and 74 students enrolled in our two-year lay ministry certificate programs received a total of $18,325 in tuition assistance – in all, 148 OST students benefited from a total of $333,227 in tuition assistance. Also, 12 participants in the School’s International Priest Internship received scholarship assistance, a total of $12,000, and seven participants in OST’s Ministry to Ministers sabbatical program received a total of $60,643 in aid.

The 33rd annual Oblate 285 Benefit will be held on Saturday, October 24. “Serata nella Città Eterna” (Evening in the Eternal City) will begin with Mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at 5:30 p.m. followed by a great party at the Whitley Theological Center. In keeping with the theme, Louise Rumely Whitley Hall will be converted into an Italian village for that evening. Small World musical ensemble will perform the music of Italy, while our guests enjoy a delicious assortment of Italian delicacies – heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts – along with an open bar, silent auction, live auction and silent raffle. We hope you will join us for both fundraising events.

On the evening of October 1, OST will host a solemn Vespers service at the Immaculate Conception Chapel in memory of Father Stan Rother, a priest of the Diocese of Oklahoma City, who was martyred. Though not an alumnus of OST, Fr. Rother had been a seminarian at Assumption Seminary for a time. A reception in the Whitley Theological Center will follow Vespers. The Vespers and reception will be part of Assumption’s Seminary’s annual Alumni Homecoming, a capstone to the seminary’s year-long centennial celebration.

The Building on Faith Campaign, launched in 2008, continues. The campaign 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. OST’s goal is to grow from a local institution to regional and national prominence in theological education and we are well on our way.

Thanks to hundreds of donors who, believing in what we do, support our mission by generously investing in OST, approximately 95 percent of our $30 million campaign goal has been achieved. For the past three and a half years, 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. The facility was used by 26,800 people during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, many who had never been to our campus before.

Much has been accomplished, thanks to the generous donors to the campaign. However, there is still work to be done, including the renovation of the Benson Theological Center and funding programs until returns on endowment investments can fully support them.

We are in the final drive toward realizing our campaign 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 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.

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 new addition to our campus, which was built within the past year. It pleases us to see so many people come to the campus to walk the labyrinth, which is located on the south side of the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Please contact me if you plan to visit and would like a personal campus tour.


Lea Kochanek

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