Annual Appeal – Toledo-Detroit Province

Dear Friends,

In 1605 St. Francis de Sales wrote:

Let us be who we are and be that well, in order to bring honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork we are.

And who are we? In 2 Corinthians, St. Paul says we are earthen vessels holding a divine treasure. St. Peter says we are a people set apart as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.

We Oblates celebrate Mass with different chalices, each one unique, consecrated, and set apart for holy purpose. Each chalice represents the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper. That sacred vessel is a beautiful symbol of who we are because it was both held by Christ and held Christ. We earthen vessels are likewise set apart for holy purpose, to hold Christ and to be held by Christ.

The mission of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales is to proclaim the Good News through our preaching, teaching, prayer and example. We all do that best by becoming our best selves. We become our best selves by living Jesus; by holding Christ and letting Christ hold us. Let us honor the Master Craftsman who created us to be unique manifestations of God’s ongoing presence and love in the world today.

Thank you for your annual support of our mission, our senior Oblates and our seminarians. We remember you and pray for your intentions everyday.

May God’s love, which surrounds us, holds us and makes its home within us, be a source of hope, joy and gratitude this Thanksgiving Season.

Sincerely in St. Francis de Sales,



V. Rev. Kenneth McKenna, OSFS, Provincial