Eugene’s memo to himself as he meditates on the Oblate Rule:
Yet again: We are never to forget that one of the principal ends of our Institute is to help the most neglected souls. For this reason, the unfortunate inmates of prisons have a rightful claim upon the charity of the Society. (Art. 1, Regarding prison ministry).
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
From the earliest days the Oblates have been involved in prison ministry, and this continues until the present. As I write this I rejoiced to hear the news that in Zambia the overall prison ministry has been entrusted to the care of the Oblates: pastoral care for the prisoners themselves, their families, and for the prisoners when they are returned to society. An enormous responsibility fortified by the intercession of St Eugene and all the Oblates in heaven who performed this ministry during their lifetime.