OUR YOUNG OBLATES CAME TO PLACE THEMSELVES AND THEIR MISSIONS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF OUR GOOD MOTHER
Our Founder, as a result of being an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, had a special love for the Marseilles shrine of Notre Dame de la Garde – Our Lady the Guardian of the city and of those who travel by sea from the port.
Mass at Notre Dame de la Garde according to my custom, which is to go up to the sanctuary on Thursday during the octave of the feast….
In a special way Eugene was accompanied by three young Oblate scholastics who were to leave for Canada, and who would be ordained to the priesthood in that country where they would be missionaries.
I made our young Oblates accompany me there, Brothers Brunet, Garin and Laverlochère, who came to place themselves and their missions under the protection of our good Mother. Brother Nicolas was detained in bed by a passing illness. En route, the confirmation of a sick person. I come back to these excellent young people; a person cannot have more worthy sentiments about their vocation. They are going to leave for Canada.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 17 August 1843, EO XXI
Eugene was to build a magnificent basilica for Notre Dame de la Garde, to whose maternal care he entrusted all his Oblate missionaries who were to leave France.
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