Young Fabre, the best subject of the seminary, has been received as a novice.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 17 February 1844, EO XXI
This simple sentence in Eugene’s journal introduces us to the 20 year-old Joseph Fabre, who had been a diocesan seminarian in Marseilles for 2 years and had now begun his formation to become a Missionary Oblate. For the next 17 years he was in continuous contact with the Bishop Eugene and Father Tempier, both of whom esteemed him. Through this close contact he was able to imbibe their Oblate spirit. After the death of Eugene, it was the 37 year-old Joseph Fabre who succeeded him as Superior General.
When he was elected to be Eugene’s successor, he concluded the Chapter of 1861 by saying:
“I feel the assistance of our much loved Founder; he has not left us!
I was at his deathbed and said to him, “You will always be among us.” “Yes,” he replied, and he has kept his promise.
He remains among us through the Holy Rule which he had left us, and which is the expression of his love for God and the salvation of souls: it is the glorious testament of his enormous heart, and in observing it we will find all our strength.”
Father Fabre’s first circular letter to the Oblates as Superior General contains an invitation to all of us, members of the Family which is inspired by the spirit of Saint Eugene:
“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
For further details see: https://www.omiworld.org/lemma/fabre-joseph/