Father Fabre’s first circular letter to the Oblates after the General Chapter which elected him to be Eugene’s successor contains the invitation:
Let us be united in spirit and in heart
and we will be strong for doing what is good;
let us be united in the memory of a Father
As we give thanks for the foundation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and subsequently the Mazenodian Family, 204 years ago, these words are as pertinent as ever for us.
If we allow the presence and spirit of Eugene to be our source of strength and unity, then surely our bonds of charity and our missionary zeal will have no boundaries.