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From the Director

During the first weekend of May, the VMs held their National Conference. It was during this weekend that I realized how much this annual gathering is a celebration of who we are. People with a great variety of gifts and talents come together to celebrate their accomplishments and the many ways they have grown throughout this past year. Whether they realized it or not, they came together to acclaim their call to holiness.

Fr. Sal Gonzalez, OMI reminded us during his presentations that God calls everyone to holiness in his or her own way. Each of us may discover our own path that brings out the best in ourselves. When we use those personal gifts that God has placed in our hearts to do good for others, it is then that we grow in holiness.

"Everyone is called to be Holy by living our lives with love, bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves" [Gaudete et exsultate].

As I looked around the room filled with persons labeled as having a disability, and realized how they celebrated their life and how much they had to share, I know I was in the presence of holiness - everyone in their own special way sharing their giftedness.

You are all a gift from God and have many gifts to share with others. Celebrate that reality and grown in holiness in your own special way.

Br. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.
National Director of the VMs


Save the Date

FALL RETREAT - Sponsored by
the Victorious Missionaries
Presenter: Fr. Jim Allen, OMI

Fr. Jim Allen, OMI

October 18 - 20, 2019

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows -
Belleville, Illinois

This retreat begins with dinner at 6 p.m.
on Friday and ends with lunch at 11:45 a.m.
on Sunday.

Cost for the weekend: $175
Commuting: $115
Saturday & Sunday: $100
Saturday only: $70
(includes lunch & dinner)



Victorious Missionaries

442 S. DeMazenod Dr.        Belleville, IL 62223-1023
618-394-6281 (TDD)   FAX 618-397-1210

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