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I BELONG ABOVE ALL AND PRINCIPALLY TO THIS OBLATE FAMILY

Wherever he was, and whatever he was doing, Eugene was always first and foremost an Oblate. It was as Oblate that he was a priest, and later he was first Oblate and then the bishop of a diocese. His Oblate … Continue reading

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21 MAY 1861 – COMMEMORATING THE DEATH OF OUR SAINT

The day before his death Eugene entrusted this message to his Oblate family: Be sure to tell them that I die happy… that I die happy that God was so good as to choose me to found the Congregation of … Continue reading

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FROM MY PLACE OF EXILE

Eventually Eugene’s body could no longer handle the pressure, and he was sent away for an enforced rest. The vow of obedience that he had made to Henri Tempier would no doubt have been used to force him to take … Continue reading

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WHAT IS KILLING ME, IS THE THOUGHT THAT EVERY DAY I HAVE TO DO TWENTY THINGS OVER AND ABOVE WHAT I AM ABLE FOR

Apart from the non-stop activity, Eugene carried the responsibility of nurturing the infancy of the group of Missionaries. The identity of the group was being formed. The methodology and goals of their missionary activities were being worked out as they … Continue reading

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AT PRESENT, I CANNOT DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT WORK

After a pause to reflect on and celebrate the 150 years of the death of Saint Eugene, our daily reflections on his writings resume. We are in the year 1816 and we have reflected on the foundation of the Missionaries … Continue reading

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THE MISSIONARY: IN THE UNFOLDING WILL OF GOD

 In this important document to of 25 January 1816 that we have been reflecting on, we see the seeds of all the major areas of growth that Eugene was to nurture till his last day of life, and which still … Continue reading

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THE MISSIONARY: FOR THE CHURCH

Three more prescriptions of a legal nature follow in the first Rule regarding relations with the Bishops, and then the final paragraph states:  Vicars General and Gentlemen: Such is a comprehensive outline of the regulations that the undersigned priests present … Continue reading

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LET US BE UNITED IN THE MEMORY OF A FATHER FOREVER BELOVED

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 … Continue reading

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OUR MUCH LOVED FOUNDER HAS NOT LEFT US

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 … Continue reading

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HIS SPIRIT CONTINUES TO LIVE ALWAYS IN THE HEART OF HIS CHILDREN

After Eugene’s death a General Chapter was convoked. At the opening session two of the senior members of the Congregation spoke: Father Tempier and Bishop Guibert. Tempier opened the General Chapter by declaring his conviction regarding Eugene: “This Venerable Man … Continue reading

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