Although Fr. Don Heet OSFS first encountered the Oblates at St. Francis de Sales in Toledo, his family moved to North Carolina after his junior year of high school, and so when the American Province was divided, he became a member of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province (with a lingering fondness in his heart for his “western” brothers).
Fr. Don was in the first graduating class from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University) and has graduate degrees in English from the University of Michigan, and in Drama and Theology from The Catholic University of America.
Since ordination, he has taught at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA, was principal at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, VA, was superior of DeSales Hall in Washington, and most recently taught preaching and pastoral theology at Catholic University. At Ireton he directed plays and even as principal at Paul VI kept his hand in by building sets.
Theater has always been one of his great loves, although now his involvement is limited to be an excited member of the audience. He also enjoys travel, old movies (Casablanca is his favorite) and occasionally, fishing.
Contact Fr. Don at 202-241-0410 or by email at email@example.com.
College, Toronto. He was ordained in 2009 and for three years taught Spanish and Theology at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, OH. Fluent in Spanish, he currently serves St. Mary of Good Counsel Parish and the Diocese of Lansing in their Migrant Ministry program. Contact Fr. Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo-Detroit Province Vocation Council
Back row: Frs. Mike Newman & Geoff Rose
Front row: Frs. Alan Zobler & Dan Lannen
The Toledo-Detroit Province is proud to introduce the members of the Vocation Council. If you are interested in pursuing life as a priest or brother in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales please contact the Vocation Office at 419.724.9851 or email one of the following Oblates about your discernment in religious life.
Fr. Michael Newman, OSFS, is currently the Director of Novices and Postulants (Residential Candidates) for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in North America and coordinates the Associate Program for the Toledo-Detroit Province. Originally from Toledo, OH, Fr. Mike received a BA in Spanish from DeSales University and a Masters in Divinity from the University of St. Michael’s
Fr. Geoff Rose, OSFS, is a popular teacher, preacher, and presenter. Prior to entering the Oblates, Fr. Geoff was Vice-Mayor of Ypsilanti, MI and may be the only person to lose re-election while running “unopposed.” Since 2001, Fr. Geoff has been on the faculty at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, MI, and currently serves the school as chaplain. In 2007 Fr. Geoff co-founded Mark 5:11 Ministries, a preaching and mission ministry centered on the Light, Love, and Joy of God. Fr. Geoff has a great love for the missions: he preaches for the Oblate Missions every year, takes his students to Jamaica every spring, is an ardent supporter of IsleGo Missions and is Chaplain of the Lingap Center, an orphanage in the Philippines. Contact Fr. Geoff at email@example.com
Fr. Alan Zobler, OSFS, is currently studying for a Masters in Mathematics at the University of Toledo, OH. From Toledo, OH, Fr. Alan received a BS in Mathematics from DeSales University and studied theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. After his ordination in 2007, Fr. Alan taught Mathematics and Theology at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, OH. Aside from his university responsibilities, Fr. Alan regularly ministers at St. Clement Parish in the diocese of Toledo. Contact Fr. Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Dan Lannen, OSFS, currently serves on the faculty of St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, OH. A native of Holland, MI, Fr. Dan first met the Oblates at Siena Heights University where he majored in art. Following studies at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Fr. Dan was ordained in 2011. Weekends find him celebrating Masses at Light of Christ Parish in the Diocese of Lansing, giving retreats on Salesian Spirituality and, occasionally, cooking an Italian meal for the community. Contact Fr. Dan at email@example.com