Noting in his diary that Bishop Bourget had asked for some Oblate missionaries to be sent to Canada, Eugene enthusiastically saw the possibilities opening up for the Congregation.

He asked me for at least four missionaries; he would pay for the trip and would give them a parish in his diocese to provide for the needs of thecommunity that could increase in the future, not only with subjects that I could still provide but with those who he hopes would join him in that country.

Our missionaries would be responsible to give missions in various parishes of his diocese and could also evangelize the indigenous people whenone of them would have learned their language.

What a beautiful mission lies before us. I saw with consolation that those of our people to whom I have spoken have welcomed the idea with enthusiasm.

Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 15 and 16 July 1841, EO XX

From that moment until today, beautiful missions have opened up for us in over 65 countries. All it took was to become aware that God was opening the door and continues to do so today in all aspects of our lives.

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I cannot help but be excited along with Eugene; this is a part of the Mazenodian Family Genealogy, the tracing of our lineage. For me it is personal in that sense of being Canadian, and because I too am a member of the Mazenodian Family.

    More than 50 years ago I was befriended by a very special woman who had an incredible effect on my life. She introduced me to the Oblates and encouraged me with my writing; she introduced me to the Oblate missions in Peru and to her beloved indigenous young people in Vancouver. All this at a time of my life which was dark and violent; and in that darkness she shone a light of love and acceptance on me. She was eventually named as the very first “Lady Oblate” in the congregation – an Honorary Oblate. About 20 years ago we renewed our friendship even though Kay has been long dead. She was and remains a very special missionary.

    Years ago I took a trip back home to visit my sister in Vancouver and I noticed a book on my sister’s coffee table which was celebrating the history of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The beginnings of the book was all about those first Oblate priests and bishops with pictures and notations for the Bishops of who ordained them to the priesthood – none other than Bishop Eugene de Mazenod, OMI. I was thrilled to see the pictures and the names. I brought a copy of that book home with me to Ottawa and moments ago pulled out to simply look at some of the beginnings of this family.

    Today I have the joy in being able to walk with others whom God has sent to us – different members of the Mazenodian Family from around the world, both religious and lay people. Living and looking through the eyes of our crucified Saviour I have learned to see and become aware of the many of the doors which God has opened for us around the world. A family tradition passed down from St. Eugene to all of us here today.

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