Oblate News Archive


March 5, 2009
Benedictine Oblate Bowlers Prepare to Bestow Second Trophy

Eighteen bowlers are vying for the coveted "Bobbie," as the Benedictine Oblate Bowlers trophy is known. It will be awarded upon the completion of the Winter series on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Town and Country Lanes, Keizer, Oregon.

The Fall season was dominated by oblate Willie Davis of Keizer. He won the "Bobbie" (which is a 10" crystal cross) upon completion of the Fall series, December 4, 2008. Commenting on the possibility of taking home a second award in as many series, Willie noted that "the competition is fierce," and injuries might make that unprecedented feat more difficult.

That seems to be the case. The present leader is Deb Ehnes, sister of oblate Pat Clark of Salem. She leads with a total pin fall of 1181, averaging 131.2. Quite tragically, Deb and her husband Jim, will be forced to miss the final night of competition, which throws the race wide open. Terry Taylor of Salem, Ron Beyer of Mt. Angel, Jess Wells of St. Paul and Willie Davis are all in the hunt. There is some concern for the health of Ron Beyer, having injured his right ring finger during the last completion on March 5. We'll have to see how that plays out.

For those who would like to attend the final evening of the Winter Series, it begins with a social dinner in the bowling center cafe at 6:00 p.m. Bowling begins at 7:00, with the office of Compline (night prayer) concluding the festivities at around 9:00 p.m.


February 5, 2009
Fr. Harvey Fonseca Named Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI

Reverend Harvey Fonseca, a priest of the Diocese of Fresno and oblate of Mount Angel Abbey was recently named a "Chaplain of Honor to His Holiness." Monsignor Fonseca is a native of Dos Palos, California, where her grew up on a dairy farm.

Before entering Mount Angel Seminary, he was elected and served as a Merced County, California Supervisor. Msgr. Fonseca is presently Pastor of Saint Jude Church in Livingston, CA, and Blessed Mother Theresa Mission in Delhi, CA. He also serves as dean of the Merced-Mariposa deanery of the Diocese of Fresno.

Proud of his Portuguese heritage, Msgr. Fonseca is pictured holding the Holy Spirit crown and scepter. Certainly, the Holy Spirit is working through Monsignor's priestly ministry, for presently Mount Angel seminary is home to four seminarians from Livingston and Delhi, CA.