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CELEBRATING THE INVITATION TO COME AND “BE” IN ORDER TO “DO”

From the very beginning, Eugene insisted that whatever missionary work was done, its success depended on the quality of life of those doing it. It was the example of the lifestyle of the missionary that was to speak louder than … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING OUR VOCATION TO LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS ASKING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

Eugene’s letter to the 27 year-old diocesan priest, Henri Tempier, is an essential foundation document for us. It contains the seeds of what is essential in our vocation. The letter shows the fundamental starting point of the vocation of any … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING A DREAM THAT BECAME A SOURCE OF LIFE TO MANY

We prepare to celebrate the 206th anniversary of our foundation. The time had come for Eugene to begin to invite others to join him in his missionary dream. As members of the Mazenodian family, lay and religious, we are invited … Continue reading

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PREPARING TO CELEBRATE 206 YEARS OF EXISTENCE AS A MAZENODIAN FAMILY

In 2016 I published a series of reflections in preparation for our bicentenary on 25 January. Six years later, I think it useful to revisit a few of them to prepare us to live this event in a deeper way. … Continue reading

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AN INVITATION TO A COURSE TO DEEPEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF ST EUGENE DE MAZENOD

For more information: course-offerings-january-may-2022 To register: registrar@ost.edu

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CHARISMS OF CONSECRATED LIFE: GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT FOR THE COMMON GOOD

FOR DETAILS SEE: https://ost.edu/event/consecrated-life-as-a-charism-in-the-church/2022-01-24/

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WITH MARY IMMACULATE DURING OUR PAUSE

As these reflections will pause until mid-January, I wish each of you  a fruitful Advent and all the blessings of Christmas. We ask Mary Immaculate to accompany us during this period: 
Mary Immaculate is patroness of our Congregation. Open to … Continue reading

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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – THE OBLATE MADONNA

We go back to 1822. In the midst of all his concerns for the survival of his newly-founded Missionary family, Eugene celebrated the feast of the Assumption. It was a day which was to leave a permanent impression on the … Continue reading

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MY BEST AND OLD FRIEND, I EMBRACE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART, IN WHICH IS CONCENTRATED THE LITTLE STRENGTH THAT REMAINS IN ME

Eugene continues the narrative of the last moments of the life of his friend, Charles de Forbin Janson. I wanted to go to Aygalades to see the bishop; someone came to disturb me. And behold today it has been too … Continue reading

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I UNDERSTOOD HOW USEFUL WAS THE MINISTRY OF FRIENDSHIP AND OF CHARITY WHICH I WAS FULFILLING WITH HIM

Eugene’s friendship with Charles de Forbin Janson dated back to their days in the seminary together. They had formed a deep friendship and shared much together during their early years of priesthood. Together they responded to the request of the … Continue reading

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