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Oblate Seminarian to Visit Holy Infant This Weekend

Mr. Chris Allen, OSFS, will speak to parishioners ahead of the June 3-4 Oblate Appeal

Chris Allen, seminarian and member of the religious order of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (OSFS), professed his first vows to order in August of 2015. 

Part of what drew Chris to to the Oblates was his dream of being a diocesan high school history teacher, a dream which the order could enable him to realize. Chris attended Chestnut Hill College (CHC), a small Roman Catholic university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in secondary education. During his time at CHC, Chris exemplified the school motto,  "Fides, Caritas, Scientia" or "Faith, Charity, Knowledge" with his extracurricular involvements. In addition to active roles in Campus Ministry and tutoring elementary students  in Camden, N.J., Chris was a Scholar in Service to Pennsylvania, an orientation leader, a student ambassador, a tutor in the writing center, a member of five honor societies and the winner of the Presidents Leadership Award, an award that recognizes seniors who have personified a concern for the “Dear Neighbor” throughout their college career. 

Three months after graduation, having completed his discernment process and prayerfully decided on joining the order of OSFS, Chris began his postulancy, the first formal step towards priesthood. During his postulancy, Chris was assigned to pre-theology studies at The Catholic University of America and worked in the campus ministry office of Bishop Ireton High school in Alexandria, Virginia, in addition to teaching fourth graders in the religious education program at the Catholic Chaplaincy at Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall in Arlington. A member of the Knights of Columbus College Council 9542, Chris served as a Fourth Degree member of the James Cardinal Hickey Assembly for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and volunteered as an altar server and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 

A year later, in the fall of 2014, Chris entered into his novitiate year, an intense period of study, prayer, living in community, studying the vowed life, deepening one's relationship with God, and deepening one's self-awareness. The year is lived in the remote town of Brooklyn, Michigan, population 1200. Here, novices are better able to focus on prayer and their studies while contemplating their desired role with the Oblates and a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. 

After 366 days in novitiate, Allen professed his First Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience and returned to Catholic University to continue his studies and ministry, this time working with a homeless shelter run by Catholic Charities. He will continue his studies through mid-2019 with an apostolic internship in between that will allow him to experience what life will be like in full and active ministry. During this  time, Chris will get a chance to apply what he's learned and to continue to discern if he is truly, fully called to the order and the priesthood.

Please join us in welcoming Chris to Holy Infant!