Friday, August 21, 2009

Back Home in Lowell, Energized

AUGUST 21, 2009- Back in the North-East Vocations Office, precisely three months on from the beginning of my adventure with the flight to Los Angeles, (and a stroll back here) as a Walking Witness....I pray that other young men who might have seen or heard me during these three months, may become inspired to think about a vocation as a Religious Brother or Priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; in that way we will continue the charism of St. Eugene and stand up as a witness to the dignity and sanctity of all human life- I've got a lot of blisters, but otherwise, feel incredibly blessed to have had this experience.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Other Coast

OCEAN CITY, MD- Thanks so much to all of our benefactors who not only made the Crossroads Walk possible, but who contributed, whether it was to an RV or this sanctuary on the opposite coast from which we started.

Now please come join us for our pro-life rally at the U.S. Capitol building and celebrate the end of our THREE Summer 2009 Pro-Life walks across America!

Show your support for my fellow walkers and their awesome accomplishment!

Everyone attending will get a free pro-life t-shirt.


Time: 1pm

Date: Saturday, August 15th

Location: U.S. Capitol, Upper Senate Park Fountain on the grounds of our Nation's Capitol.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In Time for 12:10 Mass at the Basilica

WASHINGTON, DC- 12:06PM, August 10th- A final spurt and we joined up with the other Crossroads walkers to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (where we saw fellow Oblate Fr. Raymond LeBrun)...a chance to regroup; all the walkers will have a bit of R&R. Then, on Saturday,
August 15th at 1 pm there will be a pro-life rally at the U.S. Capitol
building to celebrate the end of the three summer 2009 Pro-Life walks
across America. Congratulations to all the walkers!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Through Virginia and on to the Finale

STAFFORD, VA- All the way to the other side of the continent and the closest I get to being hit by a car is as I approach Reagan Airport...anyway, through Charlotte and Virginia and on the way to the final week in DC, an exhilarating feeling

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back in the "East"...and featured in the Rhode Island Catholic

Father Hoeberechts serves as the vocations director for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate for the East Coast. When interviewed, he and the eight members of his group had already accomplished a 78 mile-long trek. He explained that the walking is done in shifts, with morning and evening walkers — with someone always walking.

Praying for a long time about this opportunity, Father Hoeberechts felt that the combination of his pro-life devotion and love for walking would make Crossroads a perfect fit for him.

"I took it to prayer," said Father Hoeberechts. "I felt this would be a great way for my passion to promote life. I understood there was going to be a lot of walking, but they are not joking around when they say you are going to walk across the country."

Father Hoeberech emphasized that prayer is an essential component of the Crossroads journey. Walkers participate in morning and evening prayer and daily Mass.

"One of the members of our walking group's responsibility is to know where the camp is and to search out a church," Father Hoeberech said. "We need the Eucharist to nourish us and strengthen us to take each step."

Having to always travel light, Father Hoeberech carries one medium-sized duffel bag, a small backpack, and two pairs of sneakers.

"When I was talking with one of our Oblates at St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, I asked the director if I could speak after Communion on vocations and about the walk," Father Hoeberechts explained. "I gave a three minute explanation and was greeting people after Mass when a gentleman who is the corporate manager for New Balance sneakers came up to me and said, 'I want to support you with prayers and support you by giving you a brand new pair of walking shoes. We want your feet to be comfortable.'"

Father Hoeberechts explained that their group has already received much positive feedback from people who see them walking, all sporting their pro-life T-shirts.

"We were in a CVS one night and I was talking with one of the workers," Father Hoeberech recalled. "She asked me what I was doing there so late and I said 'I'm walking across America.' She said, 'You are doing what?'

"We have received a lot of favorable impressions from people and a lot of positive feedback. When people see what we are doing, it stirs up the feelings and emotions in different ways. It's a peaceful organization and they see that."

In the future, Father Hoeberechts hopes to visit Rhode Island for vocation awareness days to speak about religious vocations and his Crossroads experience.

"Crossroads is another way of getting out into the community to share the pro-life message," said Father Hoeberechts. "It has been a wonderful experience and pilgrimage."

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Propelled by Fr. Mark Mary and EWTN Youth

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA- On with the admirable youngsters, armed with a certain amount of 'celebrity status' since our appearance on EWTN's "Life on the Rock".....if you missed it, you can watch the complete show at:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Life on the Road, Life on the Rock

Father Dwight is today just West of Atlanta,
GA in Douglasville, GA, traveling on route 78E to Atlanta. He’ll stay at
a parish in Atlanta this weekend.
This Thursday, July 23rd, he will be on EWTN television on an hour long
program called, Life on the Rock.
It airs at 8:00 pm Eastern time with encores on Friday, July 24th at 1:00
am and 1:00 pm and another encore on Sunday, 7/26 at 11:00 pm.
On the EWTN website it also shows that it airs on Thursday, July 23rd at
5:00 pm mention of an airing at Mountain or Central time.
The web site is