The Oblate Seminary in Poland has got some treasures, apart from the seminarians of course. There is a small chapel where a part of the heart of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, our Founder, is kept. He was described as a man with the heart as big as the world. While visiting the seminarians I was asked to share with them about the Oblate ministry in Australia. Some of them expressed their interest to come to Oz as Oblate priests. We need to pray for them so that their hearts may remain open and big. I am sure that they will be warmly welcomed in our parishes and schools in Australia. So let’s pray for them.
Apart from the relict of st Eugene there is another priest buried in the church attached to the seminary. His name was Charles Antoniewicz. He was a Jesuit who contracted cholera while ministering to the locals. After more than a hundred years the memory of him is still alive. People still remember the good priest who could run away but chose to stay to share their fate. He died among the people whom he loved so much. For the Oblate seminarians in Obra he has been always an example to follow. Visiting the crypt with his grave we are reminded what it means to be a good priest.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest