“January 25 1816 is the beginning of our congregation, characterized by the missionary spirit of Eugene and his companions to respond to the situation of the Church by preaching the Gospel to the poor and most abandoned. They responded to this missionary call by coming together in poverty and joy to live in apostolic community.”
Father Louis Lougen OMI
The all-important first day of community life for the Missionaries was obviously a story often repeated in all its details. In his Memoires, Father Tempier, described it as: “This memorable day that I will never forget for as long as I live.”
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is God’s name.
God’s mercy is from age to age”