HAVE A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD, MY DEAR FATHER
The scholastics were always referred to as “the Oblates” since 1816, even before the whole Congregation received this name ten years later. In their studies and formation for the priesthood they had been moved around to various places in the 27 years of our existence: Aix en Provence, Laus, Marseilles, and then for a year to Notre Dame de L’Osier. Now the time had come to give them a more permanent home in Marseilles. Eugene noted this in his dairy.
Letter to Fr. Guigues to summon all the Oblates to Marseille so that they may do all their theological and philosophical studies there.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 1 October 1843, EO XXI
Father Guigues and the local community were upset at this decision because these young scholastics brought life and vitality to the Marian Shrine. It would remain as the novitiate.
Have a little more confidence in the Lord, my dear Father. When the Oblates shall have gone from L’Osier, new novices will be coming to replace them. You realize that it was only circumstantial that they remained at L’Osier last year; that situation could not have been a permanent one. Without any regret I call both the philosophers and the theologians to come here…
All of our Oblates will come to study both their philosophy and their theology at my seminary here in Marseilles. Everything is ready to take them in, let them come as soon as possible.
Letter to Fr. Bruno Guigues, 2 October 1843, EO X n 816
Father Henri Tempier would be their formation director. With his scholastics in his city, Eugene was able to have regular contact with them and share the spirit of his charism and his missionary zeal with them. He continues to do this today for the members of the Mazenodian family as we study his life and writings and imbibe his spirit.
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