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HERE WE HAVE NOT ONLY NUMBERS AND CONTENTMENT, BUT ALSO PIETY AND RELIGIOUS FERVOR

Until the time of his death, one of Eugene’s greatest joys was to receive letters from the Oblates in the foreign missions. He would immediately have them read in the houses of formation so as to whet the appetite of … Continue reading

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THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF OUR MOTHER, QUEEN AND PATRONESS

Father Dassy had written a book and had consulted Eugene about whether to use the Oblate crest in the printed version. The response gives an idea of the fluidity of our name. It always had “Oblate” and “Mary Immaculate” in … Continue reading

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HOW THE LORD MOVED THE SPIRIT AND THE HEART OF THE SOVEREIGN PONTIFF TO GRANT ME WHAT HE HAD THUS FAR REFUSED TO OTHERS

Eighteen years earlier, in 1825, Eugene had gone to Rome to try to obtain official recognition and approbation of the Oblate  Congregation. It was at the time when the Vatican was not approving any new religious congregations. Eugene now recalled … Continue reading

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WE DO NOT WANT TO FORM CLERICS FOR PARISH WORK

For a long time the system of minor seminaries was customary in the Church: schools run by a diocese or religious congregation for youngsters considering a priestly or religious vocation. The Oblates had just started their first one at the … Continue reading

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COMPASSION ALWAYS PREDOMINATED IN MY RESOLUTIONS, AND I CONTINUED TO SHOWER HIM WITH ACTS OF GENEROSITY

This extract from Eugene’s Diary gives an insight into his care for the members of his Oblate family, and for his concern for those who misbehaved. Father Reinaud had become an Oblate in 1830 and for the following 13 years … Continue reading

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YOU SAY TO ME: THAT IS NOT WHERE THE MOST ABANDONED SOULS ARE

The Missionary Oblates were founded to evangelize among the most abandoned – usually in rural areas. This is how they began in Canada. Eugene realized, however, that it would be essential to have a community as a base in the … Continue reading

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LET US GO ABOUT OUR BUSINESS AS WE PLEASE: HONNI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE.

Eugene’s advice to the Oblates in Canada to focus on doing what is right rather than trying to please the opinion of others. Furthermore I would wish that all of you, each as much as the others, focus yourselves more … Continue reading

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IT IS THE DUTY OF THE SUPERIOR TO UPHOLD THE WORTH OF HIS MEMBERS, AS IT IS THE DUTY OF THE MEMBERS TO UPHOLD THE WORTH OF THE SUPERIOR

Continuing from the previous entry, we find Eugene correcting Father Honorat for having shared on the weakness of some of his community members with the diocesan bishop. It is the duty of the superior to uphold the worth of his … Continue reading

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PREJUDICES DISAPPEAR BETWEEN BROTHERS BUT THEY REMAIN FOR EVER IN THE MIND OF A STRANGER

Father Honorat, the superior of the Missionaries in Canada, had confided the difficulties within his community to the Bishop of Montreal. Eugene found out about it and was not happy. I fear that in your intimate interviews with the Bishop, … Continue reading

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