Monthly Archives: March 2019

THE RULE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED IN ALL ITS DETAILS AND BY EVERYONE.

Eugene had placed great responsibility on the shoulder of the 29 year -old Fr Guigues: to assume responsibility for the Marian shrine and to work at increasing the number of pilgrims and to ensure that the Oblate community ran smoothly … Continue reading

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YOUTH IS NO EXCUSE FOR RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP

Imagine a 29 year-old Oblate being tasked with the responsibility of starting a brand new ministry in a shrine and being appointed religious superior of a 26 year-old hyperactive and extremely intelligent Oblate (Dassy) and also of a newly professed … Continue reading

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JOSEPH AMBROISE VINCENS OMI

Our chronological reading of Eugene’s letters introduces us to the Oblate missionary, Joseph Ambroise Vincens, who became an important figure on the history of the Congregation. At the age of 27 he was ordained a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese … Continue reading

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HE PREACHES LIKE A TRUE APOSTLE AND WILL BE A TREASURE FOR THE HOUSE OF L’OSIER

Eugene concludes his letter to the Bishop of Grenoble by telling him that he would be sending Father Vincens to join the new Oblate community at Notre Dame de l’Osier. The man that I am assigning to increase the little … Continue reading

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THEY WILL LOVE YOU AS THEIR FATHER; AS THEIR PROTECTOR AND GUIDE

Then, to allay any fears that the Bishop could have about the independence of a religious congregation in his diocese, Eugene hastens to assure him of the relationship he expects the Oblates to have with the local bishop of the … Continue reading

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OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PARADISE IN EARTH

To further convince the Bishop of Grenoble, Eugene now describes the ideals of the Oblate Congregation in glowing terms through the experience of Fr Dupuy: He had come to know and appreciate the priests of our Congregation; he knew that … Continue reading

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CAPITALIZING ON AN AWKWARD SITUATION

We have seen how Fr Dupuy had left the Oblates to be a diocesan priest and how he had been appointed pastor of the parish at Osier. On his own, he had asked the Oblates to come to join him … Continue reading

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LET US AT LEAST TRY TO TEACH THEM SOME MANNERS TO MAKE THEM LIVABLE WITH

An insight into Eugene’s wry sense of humor: My dear Courtès. just a brief word, through the courtesy of Father Pons. I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from your usual fever. These annoying guests set themselves up … Continue reading

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I AM NOT OBLIGED TO PERFORM THIS ACT OF CHARITY BUT THERE IS A KIND OF SOLIDARITY IN THE EPISCOPATE

Eugene, being a bishop and not being allowed to work in Marseilles, offered his episcopal services for performing confirmations and pastoral care among the most abandoned in areas where the local bishop was unable to minister. In this way he … Continue reading

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I FEEL A LOT OF COMPASSION FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT WITHOUT A SERVICE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO

Eugene, the missionary Oblate, was always aware of seeking out the most abandoned. Now as a bishop, without a diocese or an official function in the Church, he identifies the most abandoned who need his sacramental and pastoral services.  I … Continue reading

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