150 YEARS LATER, WHO IS SAINT EUGENE?

THE SPIRIT OF SAINT EUGENE CONTINUES TO BE ALIVE

© Laurent Girard / Studio Mazenod (2011) – Tableau du Jean-Jacques Martin

After Eugene’s death a General Chapter of the Oblates was convoked in 1861. At the opening session two of the senior members of the Congregation spoke: Father Tempier and Bishop Guibert.

Father Tempier opened the General Chapter by declaring his conviction regarding Eugene:

“This Venerable Man is no longer with us, but his spirit continues to live always in the heart of his children ….”

Bishop Guibert’s address echoed the same sentiments, speaking of the Oblate Congregation as our “mother”:

“Yes, our Father has died, but know that our Mother remains; and I regard her as being immortal; she will live by the spirit of her Founder.”

Joseph Fabre, who was elected to be Eugene’s successor, 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.”

 

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1 Response to 150 YEARS LATER, WHO IS SAINT EUGENE?

  1. LJC et MI
    As we prepare for Pentecost and the readings from John’s Gospel, we hear the we are not alone but in radical communion with the God who formed us in the image of relationship and community “our image”.
    This same Spirit unites us still under the guise of the Charism and spirit of Eugene. To sense that give me courage to continue in the footsteps of those who have preceded me and connects me to those who will come after.
    In faith we walk in the illumined darkness of the moment – with an open heart of love.

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