Currently, the Toledo-Detroit Province has six men in basic formation. They are discerning their call to Religious life as Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Please pray for them.
These men are currently studying theology in preparation for priesthood or brotherhood. For information about our fellow Oblates in the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, click here.
|Erik Edgardo Jorge Aké, OSFS
Erik is from Cosgaya, Merida, Mexico. He first met the Oblates in 1990, while in Merida. Erik started the formation program through the now-South American Province in Ecuador in 2003. While in Ecuador he studied philosophy for three years and he had the opportunity to study Portuguese. Currently Erik is studying at Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC.
Jeff is originally from Canton, Michigan. He earned a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University. He met the Oblates through Fr. Ken McKenna while working at St. John Student Center. Jeff has spent the past three summers working as an Associate at DeSales Center.
|Joseph Newman, OSFS
Joe is originally from Toledo, Ohio. He first met the Oblates while attending St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio. Joe continued with an Oblate education attending De Sales University and graduated with a B.S. in biology. After graduation, Joe decided to enter the Oblates as a Postulant. Joe is currently studying in the Masters of Divinity program at St. Michaels College in Toronto Canada.
|Rudi Schwarzkopf, OSFS
Ruday is a scholastic from Toledo, Ohio. His home parish is St. Thomas Aquinas on the Eastside of Toledo. He attended St. Francis de Sales High School and Bowling Green State University where he majored in Social Studies for Secondary Education. Rudi served on the faculty of Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan, from 2004-2006 as a postulant. He made his first profession on June 29, 2007, and is currently studying theology at St. Michael’s College in Toronto Canada.
Dave is originally from Monroe, Michigan. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Siena Heights University and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Toledo. Dave met the Oblates through his former college roommate, Daniel Lannen. Prior to entering the Novitiate, he worked for the Adrian Dominican Sisters as a Web Developer & Network Administrator.
|The 2010-2011 Novitiate class at Independence Pass|