Welcome from the President, Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Oblate School of Theology enjoys a long and a rich history. Founded as a tiny school on a barren hill outside the city of San Antonio more than 100 years ago, it has grown up along with the city. Today the San Antonio metropolitan area numbers over two million persons and Oblate School of Theology sits near its geographic center. Like San Antonio, it too has grown. A hundred years ago Oblate School of Theology was a small enclosed Scholasticate training only Oblate seminarians.

Today it is one of the 10 largest Catholic graduate schools of theology in the United States. It still trains seminarians for ordination, more in fact than it ever did before, but those seminarians today come from all over Texas, from all over the United States, and various foreign countries, and they share classrooms with lay students who too are preparing for ministry in the Church.

However, inside all of this growth and change, Oblate School of Theology has remained solidly rooted in its original mission. It is still concerned with reaching out in a special way to the poor; it is still concerned about creating new church life and not just in sustaining what is; it is still concerned about who is falling through the cracks in our society; and it is still concerned with giving witness to simplicity of life. The words that undergird the charism of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate also undergird the ethos of the Oblate School of Theology: We are missionaries for the poor, particularly sensitive to the struggles of those who are being excluded, all the while trying to witness to simplicity of life.