Monthly Archives: December 2012

PAUSE FOR CHRISTMAS

Eugene will speak to us again on Monday 07 January. A reminder that all the previous entries (777 of them) can be consulted on this site. By using the search engine on the homepage you can find entries dealing with … Continue reading

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THE CONSTANT REMINDER: BE IN ORDER TO DO

Separated from his community, Eugene reminds them of the heart of our Oblate vocation: mission is that of inviting others to share in what we are living and experiencing ourselves as a missionary community: BE in order to DO! Love … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY AT A DISTANCE

While living in Aix en Provence and ministering in groups in the area it was easy to live in community and benefit from this. Now things were to change with Eugene’s new ministry at the side of his uncle, the … Continue reading

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THE COMMUNITY AS A PLACE OF REST AND RECHARGING OF BATTERIES

In the midst of all the bureaucratic visits and business in Paris connected with Fortuné’s nomination as Bishop of Marseille, Eugene’s heart is focused on the community of Missionaries in Provence. He thinks longingly of the times in community where … Continue reading

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ATTEMPTS TO MAKE EUGENE A BISHOP

From Jeancard’s Melanges Historiques, we possess detailed information concerning the visit to the Grande Aumonerie [ed. In Paris, he directed the Religious branch of the royal household and handled the nominations of French Bishops]. Cardinal de Croy, the Grand Almoner, … Continue reading

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REMEMBER THAT AFTER GOD YOU ARE MY GUIDE AND RIGHT ARM

The nomination of Fortuné de Mazenod as Bishop of Marseille, in January 1823, meant that he had to go to Paris immediately to fulfill the necessary ecclesiastical and civil processes required by this appointment. Eugene accompanied him on this journey, … Continue reading

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THE NOMINATION OF FORTUNÉ DE MAZENOD AS A GUARANTEE OF PROTECTION FOR THE MISSIONARIES

Since their foundation in 1816 the Missionaries of Provence had been buffeted by different storms within and outside of the church. We have seen how there was no authority figure on whom they could rely for unswerving protection. Having Fortuné … Continue reading

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MARY IMMACULATE: THE FILIAL DEVOTION OF MY WHOLE LIFE

To this end, I invoke the intercession of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, daring to remind her in all humility, but with consolation, of the filial devotion of my whole life, and of the desire … Continue reading

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FORTUNÉ DE MAZENOD NAMED BISHOP OF MARSEILLE

On 13 January 1823 Eugene’s 73 year-old uncle, Fortuné de Mazenod, was named Bishop of Marseille. It was a step that was to change the life of Eugene. This nomination was a cause of rejoicing among the Missionaries, as the … Continue reading

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IN CONTINUOUS FORMATION THROUGH CHOICE OF ACTION

By the end of 1822 there were 12 Missionary priests fully occupied in preaching parish missions as well as running the permanent mission of the house of Aix, the Marian shrine at Laus, and the pilgrimage center dedicated to Christ … Continue reading

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