They include being pastor of a parish and administrator of a mission in the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas; running the Apostleship of the Sea office for the diocese and serving on the apostleship's national board; being Web site administrator of the Catholic Labor Network and sponsoring meetings in Washington in conjunction with the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering; and being on the board of directors of Interfaith Worker Justice.
Now, what could a man like that do that would combine all of those interests and avocations?
Would you believe working one month every year as a seafarer -- using his accumulated vacation time from priestly ministry to do so?
Father Oubre, 50, first started working on boats as a seminary student during the summer to help pay for tuition. Now he does it to keep active his membership in the International Seafarers' Union, and as a change of pace from parish life.
"So much of the work of running a parish is cerebral. You're either doing paperwork or you're speaking. It's all cerebral stuff," Father Oubre told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview from Beaumont.