The community of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Aix-en-Provence is the oldest in the Congregation, canonically erected on January 25, 1816. Situated at the ancient Carmel at 60 cours Mirabeau, it had St. Eugene de Mazenod, founder of the Congregation, as its first Superior. This community lives right at the historic heart of the Oblates, and today this is the site of the Association Centre International Eugene de Mazenod (CIEM). This Association was created in November, 2011, with the approbation of the Superior General in Council. The community of the CIEM is made up of five Oblates from five different countries (South Africa, Belgium, France, Indonesia, and Poland). Since October 1, 2012, it is under the direct jurisdiction of the Superior General.
A dream of the 2010 General Chapter
The new international oblate community of Aix-en-Provence is a dream come true of the 2010 General Chapter! This new community is still less known within the congregation, and the International Eugene de Mazenod Centre Association, briefly referred to as CIEM, even less known. However, these two intimately linked realities have been in existence for some years now. It is with joy that I speak to you today of the Oblate community of Aix. My presentation will have two parts. In the first part, I will briefly present the historical context within which the community has been constituted, and in the second part I will present to you its mission. Read more
Aix community, “current-affairs”
Six months have passed since we celebrated, on 24 and 25 January, the bicentenary of the Foundation of the Missionaries of Provence which will become, 10 years later, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Read more
Life at CIEM
We have just concluded the De Mazenod Experience in Polish. It ran from 1 September to 6 October. It was indeed a powerful experience for the 13 participants and the three animators. They were all of Polish origin but working in several countries of the world i.e. Poland, obviously, but also from the USA, Sweden, Belarus, Madagascar, Ukraine and Canada. Read more
EMIC on track!
The 6th member of our community arrived on the 20th of August: BONGA MAJOLA, a young Oblate from South Africa. We can say that 2014 has actually been the starting year of the EMIC. Since 2012 the year in which this new community was founded, we have been living in a temporary situation with the renovations of the property that were not fully completed and a lot of uncertainties about the members of the community: Having to change the Superior because of family problems; the arrival and departure, after 40 days, of Fr. ASODO having to reapply for the right visa, etc. We hope that the arrival of BONGA will put an end to this instability of the foundation of our community. Read more
House in Aix – inauguration of buildings
On the 28th of June 2014, Father Louis LOUGEN, the Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in the presence of his Excellency Christophe DUFOUR, the archbishop of Aix-en-Provence and Arles, blessed the buildings of the cradle of the Oblates, after renovations that commenced in January of 2012 and ended a few weeks ago. Read more