For my birthday last year I received the most wonderful surprise! I received hundreds of birthday cards from friends, family and Oblate benefactors. My assistant, Sandee, had kept the cards a surprise until the day of my birthday, when she covered my office with the well wishes! It was magnificent.

As I made my way through the cards, I came across one that had a familiar picture taped to the inside - it was a 50-year-old snapshot taken of myself from my younger years. The card, as it turned out, had come from my Aunt Mary Anne Holt, who is also my Godmother. Her inscription on the card read, "Please keep me and my family in your prayers. You are in mine all the time. Take card of yourself Johnny. I found this picture of you. You were kinda young!

The card made me feel so special! My Aunt Mary Anne not only took the time to send me a birthday card - but she also took the time to remind me of the remarkable life I have lived. It reminded me that each year - each day - each second - is a blessing from God. I simply couldn't ask for a better gift than that.

This year, I want YOU to share birthday blessings with the ones you love. Below are Oblate birthday cards, each of which promises the recipient the gift of prayer. These special cards were designed exclusively for our donors to use and enjoy.

I hope you celebrate each and every year of your life to its fullest - remember, each moment is a gift from God! I ask that you continue to pray for the Missionary Oblates as we work to improve the lives of some of our most needy brothers and sisters in Christ. May God bless you for your kindness.

Here's how you can share Birthday joy with your loved ones and friends:

Send Me Your Birthday Petitions

They will be remembered during Mass here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Send your Birthday petitions

Birthdate Email

I also invite you to send me your birth date so you can be remembered during a Birthday Mass here at the Shrine

Please send me an e-mail on my birthday.

Birthday Devotional Gifts

Here are some devotional gift ideas for your consideration. I invite you to choose a gift that you can give to a loved one - or keep for yourself!


Send a beautiful Birthday Card to your loved ones - each card offers a priceless gift of prayer.


Birthday Votive Candles


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