September 12, 2019
Salvador Gonzales

De Mazenod Experience in Spanish

With great joy and anticipation, the Oblate International Community of Aix-en-Provence is preparing itself to welcome 11 participants, from 10 Spanish-speaking countries, for the De Mazenod Experience which will begin on September 10th; a very special moment of formation and pilgrimage, encounter and sharing, deepening ones experience of the Oblate Charism in a place where it all began! Salvador Gonzáles (USA), Edward Terreros (Peru) and Jaime Dukowski (Canada) will be collaborating with the Aix community, for the animation of the Experience. Read more

July 03, 2019
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Installation of a new superior

Father Louis LOUGEN, Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, presided on 20 June 2019 at the installation of Father ASODO, new superior of the community of Aix-en-Provence. Read more

July 03, 2019
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A week in Aix en Provence

It was a week full of graces. We discovered our Patron, places where he lived and his spirituality. We also discovered the beauty of Provence – said Wiola member of a Polish association whose Patron Saint is the Founder of the Missionary Oblates. Read more

June 01, 2019
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Feast of Saint Eugene de Mazenod

Became Bishop of Marseilles in 1837, Saint Eugene de Mazenod worked hard for the development of the Church in his diocese. Not only to his own diocese, at the same time, he responded to the bishops’ requests from far distant lands by sending his Oblate missionaries to Canada, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Feast of this passionate pastor of Jesus Christ and unconditional servant of the Church is celebrated on May 21st. Read more

May 04, 2019
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Perpetual vows of Patrick

Patrick VEY took his perpetual vows on Sunday, April 28, in Hünfeld, Germany. Perpetual vows is the final commitment to the consecrated and missionary life in the Congregation. Read more

April 22, 2019
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Community Trip to Poland

Next year, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Poland will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their presence. This Oblate unit is now one of the largest in the world. Out of 960 Oblates in Europe more than 300 are Polish. The community of Aix made a trip to Poland to discover this country both near and far. Read more

April 22, 2019
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The Evaluation on the De Mazenod Experience

Frs. Paolo ARCHIATI, Cornelius NGOKA and Antoni BOCHM, from the General Administration, came to Aix to make an evaluation on the program of the De Mazenod Experience (DMX) with the whole community of Aix. One of the questions came up during the evaluation was the follow-up of the participants after their return to the mission. For the community of Aix it was also the time of review of what the animators lived in the animation and the accompaniment of the participants. Read more

March 17, 2019
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Celebration of February 17, 2019

On February 15 (because the date of February 17 falling on Sunday), the Oblate Community of the Mother House, all united and surrounded by Fr. Jerome Velichor, the archivist at the General House, as well as many members of the Mazenodian family, celebrated in the Church of the Mission the 193rd anniversary of the recognition of the Congregation by Pope Leo XII. Read more

February 03, 2019
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The life of the community in Aix

The latest news from the life of our community was posted several months ago and it will thus be difficult to share all that we have experienced since last summer! Read more

January 12, 2019
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What is the definition of the Mazenodian family?

The Mazenodian Family, according to Father Frank SANTUCCI, an expert in the Oblatology, is made up of lay people, religious or priests called, each in their own way, by Jesus Christ Savior and united in apostolic community so as to live the charism of Eugene de Mazenod to evangelize those who are the most abandoned. Read more

December 14, 2018
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De Mazenod Experience

Fr. James Ralston OMI from Johannesburg, South Africa (OMISA), recently participated in the De Mazenod Experience, he shares with us what this Experience meant for him. Read more

December 10, 2018
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The De Mazenod Experience and My Encounter with Jesus

At the beginning, this De Mazenod Experience (DMX) was not my priority. I came to this DMX because I wanted to know the spirituality of St. Eugene, but without any excitement. What made me so exited most was my plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, prior to the DMX. After the Camino, then I would joint the DMX. Read more

November 15, 2018
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De Mazenod Experience in 2019

In 2019, there will be two De Mazenod Experience in Aix; each lasting two months. The first is for English-speaking Oblates that will begin on April 24. The second is for the Spanish-speaking Oblates that will begin on September 11th. Read more

October 14, 2018
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Why do the Oblates come to Saint-Laurent du Verdon?

Saint-Laurent du Verdon is a small village located in the department of Alpes de Haute Provence. The people of St. Laurent have the joy of welcoming many visitors, including Oblates from all continents. Read more

October 08, 2018

An experience in the holy land of Oblates

From 6 to 24 August, 23 young Oblates from four formation houses and 12 different nations came to Aix-en-Provence to re-live the experience of our Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Founder of the Oblates. Read more

September 24, 2018
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Fraternity Mazenodian starts…

We, students in Aix-en-Provence, chose to live our university year alongside with the Oblate community. During the integration weekend, we met and had time for sharing. it was the time to build fraternal links by getting to know each other. Read more

August 20, 2018

Summer Festival at the Oblate House of Aix

The summer festival is the culmination of the “Parcours-Mission” (Mission-Journeys). It is part of the Year of Oblate Vocations. It is organized by young people linked with the Oblate community of Lyon and that of Aix-en-Provence. It is conducted together with the Oblate scholastics. It is a missionary activity lived in joy. Read more

August 13, 2018
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CIEM – upcoming events

With a great joy the Oblate community of the International Center of Eugene de Mazenod (CIEM) in Aix shares with you news of its mission and invites you to participate in the upcoming events. Read more

July 23, 2018
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Who is Novice Master?

Novice Master is an educator of candidates for religious life. He helps the candidates to discern more clearly the call of the Lord in order to respond his call better. During the year of Oblate vocations, the novice masters of the Congregation of Missionary Oblates, from 16 different countries, met in Aix-en-Provence. Read more

June 14, 2018
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Feast of Saint Eugene de Mazenod

This year, since May 21 fell on Whit Monday, it was on Friday, May 25th that the Mazenodian family was invited to celebrate Saint Eugene de Mazenod with the Community of the Oblates of Aix. At the beginning of the Eucharistic celebration, the faithful listened attentively and emotionally to the account of the last moments of the life of the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Read more

June 14, 2018
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45th De Mazenod Experience

Twelve Oblates from 8 different nationalities are currently participating in the De Mazenod Experience that is being given in French. This session is taking place in the birthplace of the Congregation and is led by three Oblates: Joseph Bois and Asodo Istoyo (Aix-en-Provence) and Ron LaFramboise (San Antonio in the United States). Read more

June 03, 2018

Patrick’s Oblation

If one can assimilate “oblation” and “offering”, the word “Oblate” designates the one offered to God. Oblation is therefore a consecration. On the Sunday of the Holy Trinity, Patrick VEY, Oblate scholastic in internship at Aix Community, renewed his oblation. He made the gift of himself. He therefore devoted himself to God to be in the world a sign of his love. Read more

May 22, 2018
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The “Parcours-Mission” is a proposal of the Oblate community of Chavril in Lyon. It consists of 3 weekends meant to bring together young people seeking meaning in their lives and their place in the Church and the world. The third weekend of this year took place in Aix. Read more

May 10, 2018
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A day of prayer of the Fraternity Mazenodienne

On Sunday May 5th, 2018, The Frat’s (University Students who lodge in the Oblate Community of Aix) garhered for a day of prayer. The day was for prayer as well as for the evaluation of our fraternity along this year. This moment was deeply appreciated. Read more

May 04, 2018
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Les Mazenodiens in Luberon

Sunday, April 22, twelve members of the youth group Les Mazenodiens (students and young adults close to the Oblates) went to Luberon for a day combining spiritual, relaxation and conviviality. Read more

April 22, 2018
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Community News – April 2018

Spring has arrived and there are already many people on Cours Mirabeau. Here are some updates from our community, to invite you to rejoice with us in all the wonders that the Lord accomplishes. Read more

April 03, 2018
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In the footsteps of St. Eugene de Mazenod in Palermo

Last March, the community of Aix, invited by a group of lay people from Misilmeri, made a pilgrimage to discover in Palermo the places where Saint Eugene de Mazenod lived. He arrived there on January 6, 1799, and spent his last four years of exile in Italy. Read more

March 21, 2018

Trip to the Czech Republic

Our youth group, “Les Mazenodiens”, from Lyon and Aix, accompanied by Bonga and Patrick, travelled to the Czech Republic from 24 to 27 February 2018. The main purpose of the trip was to discover the reality of the Church in that country and the mission of the Oblates as well as to meet young people who minister with the Oblates. Read more

March 12, 2018
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The Encounter of the Mazenodian Family – February, 2018

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the Missionary Oblates of Aix-en-Provence invited the members of the Mazenodian Family to celebrate with them the 192nd anniversary of the approval by Pope Leo XII of the Constitutions and Rules of the Congregation. Read more

March 05, 2018
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Lent 2018

Lent is a time of fasting and abstinence in reference to the forty days of fasting of Jesus Christ in the desert. The Mazenodians began this year’s Lent by animating the Mass of the Ash Wednesday and they move towards Easter by seeking to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through the practice of prayer and charity. Read more

March 05, 2018
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Year of Oblate Vocations

The joy and generosity of Oblate life – this is the theme for the Year of Oblate Vocations which began on December 8, 2017. “I would like to invite you,” says the Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, “to consider that the testimony of joy and generosity of our lives can awaken a vocational interest among young people.” Read more

February 21, 2018

New benches in the Chapel of the Oblates

For several years, we were talking about replacing the pews of the Chapel of the Oblates in Aix-en-Provence. During the house renovations in 2012 a well-advanced project had to be postponed, because the revamp of the Chapel of the First Vows was a priority. Read more

January 22, 2018
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News from the CIEM

It’s mid-January 2018, the period of “Les galettes des rois” is not yet over! so we can still wish you all a Happy New Year. Read more

December 27, 2017
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The opening of the Year of Oblate Vocations

On Saturday, December 9th, 2017, the Oblates of Aix invited the faithful to celebrate together the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the inauguration of the Year devoted to Oblate vocations. Read more

December 10, 2017
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De Mazenod Experience in Spanish – 2017

From September 12th to November 9th, with Chicho Rois (Western Sahara) and Domingo Di Meo (Italy), I led the De Mazenod experience (DMX) in Spanish by accompanying 13 Oblates from various Latin American countries, USA and Ukraine, and facilitating the encounter with God through St. Eugene. Read more

November 26, 2017
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50th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of Fr. Joseph Bois

Gathered in the Mission Church on Monday, October 30, 2017, many of Fr. Jo Bois’s friends came to participate in the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Read more

November 15, 2017
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News from the CIEM community

The end of the year 2017 is already on the horizon and we come to share with you some recent months’ activities of our community and the Eugene de Mazenod International Centre. Read more

October 31, 2017
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International Day of the Rejection of Misery

The Eugene de Mazenod International Centre has joined forces with those who fight poverty, ensuring that the dignity and rights of every human person are respected. “We will always be close to the people with whom we work, taking into account their values and aspirations.” (Constitution no.8 of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.) Read more

October 06, 2017
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The Entry – Wekeend of the Fraternity Mazenodienne

On September 8-10th, the Frat-Mazenodienne gathered: Charlie, Clement, Clovis, Marie, Astrid, Martin, Mario, Agathe, Maxime, Camille, Vital, and Mary accompanied by Fathers Asodo, Krzysztof. and Benoît, as well as an oblate scholastic, Patrick who just arrived in Aix. Read more

September 28, 2017
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Commitment of The Mazenodiens

During the weekend of September 9, the Mazenodians made their comeback by doing sharing and preparation for the animation of the Sunday Mass where the five of us made the promise. Read more

September 23, 2017
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The De Mazenod Experience in Spanish

On September 13th, the Mazenod Experience began with 16 Oblates from the Spanish-speaking countries. The session is animated by three Fathers: Chicho ROIS (Western Sahara), Domenico DI MEO (Italy) and Omar FRIEDRICH (Argentina). The thirteen participants are from Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil and Guatemala. Read more

September 19, 2017
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Retreat of the General Administration

This year, CIEM summer activities culminated in the retreat of the General Administration community. It was given by Father Frank SANTUCCI. Read more

September 11, 2017
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AMMI Retreat

“Give us a part of your mind!” It is the theme of the retreat that the 20 Italian laity of the AMMI (Missionary Association of Maria Immaculate), accompanied by two Oblate fathers from the Mediterranean Province, did in Aix-en-Provence on August 23-27. Read more

August 24, 2017
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GECO 2017

GECO is the Italian name given to European youth with a desire to share the Oblate charism. Every two years they reunite in Aix-en-Provence to follow in the steps of Saint Eugene de Mazenod and discover in more depth the spirituality of the Oblates. Read more

July 26, 2017

2017 Summer Session for the Scholastics

The summer session for the scholastics (Oblate seminarians) is an important stage in their missionary formation. This year the scholastics who have come to Aix-en-Provence make up a community of 12 Oblates originating from 6 different countries: Haiti, Lesotho, Ukraine, Poland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Read more

June 16, 2017
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Reunion of the Mazenodian Family on Sunday, May 21

Members of the Mazenodian family, together with the Oblate community, gathered to commemorate their attachment to the Founder and his charism. This charism is what ignites to this day the mission the Oblates consecrate their daily lives to fulfilling. Read more

June 10, 2017

Pilgrimage to Fuveau

On Pentecost Monday, participants of the De Mazenod Experience made a pilgrimage to Fuveau where, in September 1816, the missionaries of Provence preached a parish mission. This mission gave birth to the vocation of Marius Suzanne, a young native of this city. Suzanne entered the novitiate at the age of 17. Read more

June 01, 2017
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Supported in Friendship and Fraternal Life

The 2017 De Mazenod Experience in English began on April 19 with 15 participants coming from 9 Units. We began, welcomed by members of the Aix Community, literally “coming into” this our first Oblate community house, proceeding into the Church of the Mission, the Chapel of the Vows, and going upstairs to The Foundation Room, where we spent time in community prayer. Read more

May 16, 2017
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A New Cross in the Chapel of First Vows

The placement of the new cross in the Chapel of First Vows was part of the celebration of the bicentennial of the foundation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This cross, blessed on February 17, 2017, is a gift from the Oblats of the Assumption Province in Canada. Father Marian GIL, Provincial of the Assumption Province, recounts the story of this cross in the following words: Read more

May 01, 2017
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A Retreat in Aix

There were 14 people, 8 lay persons from Aix and Strasbourg and 6 Oblates from Marseille and Pontmain, who participated in the retreat led by Joseph Bois, with the theme: « In the name of God let’s be saints! » (Eugene de Mazenod, February 18, 1826) Inspired by the life and works of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, with the Word of God as the basis, the participants attempted to uncover what kind of sainthood they are called to today. Read more

April 21, 2017
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The Mazenodiens at Mouriès

Sunday, April 2, had without a doubt been a day of significance and fraternity for the young Mazenodiens. This day, both culturally and spiritually enriching, was spent in Mouries and the Vallee des Beaux. There, joined by local parishioners, the youth participated in the celebration commemorating the bicentennial of the March Mission of 1817, preached by Saint Eugene de Mazenod and his first companions, at a time when the region of Provence was still suffering the repercussions of the French Revolution. Read more

April 10, 2017
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News from the community

“No news, means good news”! It is often what we say to excuse our silence and sometimes our laziness! Read more

March 28, 2017
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An hour of friendship with Jesus

Every Wednesday during the Lenten Season, the Mazenodians meet in the Oblate House of Aix for sharing around the Word of God in groups. Also, they bring communion to the elderly or the sick in their home. Read more

March 24, 2017

Visit of the Oblates of the France-Benelux Delegation

It was with a great joy the community of Aix welcomed a group of Polish Oblates of the France-Benelux Delegation who came on pilgrimage to the sources of the Congregation. Read more

February 20, 2017
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“Les Mazenodiens” in Rome

In the life of Les Mazenodiens (Oblate Aix youth group), February was marked by the trip to Rome where they were received by the International Scholasticate Oblate community. The encounter with Father Louis Logan, Superior General, was an important moment of this journey. Read more

November 03, 2016

A Mass in the Mission Church

“Do not be ashamed to say that we are Christian!” – Said father Paulin BEWA, Oblate originally from Chad, during his homily in the church of the Mission in Aix-en-Provence, on October 2nd. Read more

October 24, 2016

The bicentenary of the parish mission preached by Oblates in Fuveau

In September 1816, the missionaries of Provence, who later became Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, preached a parish mission in Fuveau. They were four: Eugene de Mazenod, François de Paul Henry Tempier, Pierre Mie and Sébastien Deblieu. At the end of this mission Marius Suzanne, born in Fuveau, became a member of this budding community. Read more

October 04, 2016

The Fifth Bicentennial Conference

Marie-Thérèse OTTAVIOLI gave a talk on Saturday September 10th in which she showed us the life and missionary work of the venerable Father Charles Dominique Albini. Read more

September 24, 2016

Mazenodiens Weekend

Prayer, liturgical celebrations, spiritual conferences and the time lived together in the joy of gathering at the beginning of this new academic year were part of the weekend program with the Mazedodiens that started on September 2nd with the Oblates in Aix. Read more

September 19, 2016

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

September 01, 2016

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

August 29, 2016
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Spiritual retreat of COMI

The COMI have just left their Father’s house in Aix, after ten days. Silence falls in the cloister and in the common spaces of the House, where they shared the joy of living in the same places of St. Eugene and filled these places by their prayers, their sharings among themselves and their liveliness. For the first time, three continents of the COMI world found themselves together in Aix for a retreat and interchapter meetings: approximately 30 participants, mostly Italians, but also an Uruguayan and three Congolese. Read more

July 24, 2016

Bicentenary and the Congress on Oblate vocations

In a letter of December 8, 2013 to the Congregation, Father General presented the pastoral care of vocations as vital for the Congregation. This ministry is in a close relationship with the mission that the Oblates exercise together with young people. Read more

July 10, 2016
Louis Lougen

Congress on Oblate Vocations – Fr. General’s opening remarks

My dear Brother Oblates, As Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate I declare the First Congress on the Oblate Ministry of Vocations to be officially open! Read more

June 23, 2016

Oblates of the Belarus in Aix

“Happiness awaits us in this Holy society, which will only have one heart and one soul.” wrote saint Eugene de Mazenod to Fr. François de Paule Henry Tempier in the letter on October 9, 1815. The Oblates of Belarus recently made a pilgrimage to Aix on the occasion of the bicentenary of the founding of the Oblates, aiming at deepening their communion with Jesus Christ and among themselves. Read more

June 19, 2016
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Aix welcomes a group of Flemish lay associates

My uncle, Piet WEIJS, was an Oblate missionary in Congo. He died at the age of 38, at Ipamu, on 11 October 1977 – said Marjam HOEIJMAKERS. It was a great joy for the Aix community to welcome a group of lay Flemish people from Belgium and Netherlands. Read more

May 31, 2016
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Fourth conference of the bicentenary

On the feast of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bertrand MORARD, gave a lecture in which he made us discover the role of Fathers Courtès, Marcou and Suzanne in the first years of the Missionaries of Provence. Read more

May 27, 2016

Aix Bicentenary Pilgrimage, going back to our roots

The Provincial of the Assumption Province, Canada, and his Council were recently in Aix for a pilgrimage. Two days of their stay in Aix were set aside for a retreat. Fr. Bonga preached their retreat and lead them on their pilgrimage in Aix and Marseille. They spent time after the retreat for the Provincial council meeting. In this article, Fr. Marian GIL, the Provincial, beautifully reflects on his “chaotic” arrival in Aix, seeing it, symbolically, as a call to properly begin his personal pilgrimage, back to our root, where it all began. Read more

May 20, 2016
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The grace of being in Aix during this special year

Year 2016 has been indeed a year of grace! Being in Aix during this special year has been so enriching and encouraging! It is striking to see that the Spirit which animated our forefathers, 200 years ago, is still blowing with much force, touching hearts throughout the world. Read more

April 30, 2016
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Bicentenary of the Oblates’ mission in Grans

On the 5th of May, at 11h45, the bicentenary of the first mission preached by the Missionaries of Provence (Oblates) will be celebrated in Grans. The ceremony will be held before the cross of the mission which is located at the intersection of Boulevard Victor Jauffret and Rue Aristide Briand. Read more

April 25, 2016
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Oblate Students from Rome visiting Aix

The first visitors we received after Easter was a group of Oblate Students from Rome, an international community composed of 15 Oblates, all young and passionate about St. Eugene de Mazenod. Read more

April 11, 2016

Third Conference of the bicentenary

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Oblates of Aix gave a four speakers conference with the theme “The missionary life of Father Auguste Icard, Pierre Mie, Sebastien Deblieu and Emmanuel Maunier: the first companions of St. Eugene de Mazenod”. Read more

April 02, 2016
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Congress on Oblate mission with Youth

There were five representatives from each oblate region, including four lay people, who participated in the Oblate Youth Congress organized by the General Administration in Aix-en-Provence. The Congress was also attended by Fathers Louis LOUGEN, Superior General, Gilberto PIÑON, General Assistant and Chicho ROIS, General Counsellor for Europe. Read more

March 13, 2016
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The members of the General Committee of Oblate Brothers deepened the source of their vocation

On February 11-20th, 2016, the Centre International de Mazenod hosted the meeting of the General Committee of Oblate Brothers. The committee was able to have a great experience of the bicentenary in Aix, Marseille and Notre-Dame-du-Laus (the second Oblate house and the place of the vocation of the first brother Oblate). That was the experience of fraternity among themselves as well as with the Aix community as a spiritual experience especially on February 17th when we renewed our vows. Read more

March 09, 2016
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Meeting of the Mazenodian Family – February 2016

On Sunday, February 28, 2016, the community of the Oblates of Aix invited friends of the Mazenodian Family to go on a pilgrimage to Saint-Cannat. It is in this village near Aix where Fr. Tempier, friend and confidant of Eugene de Mazenod, was born. Read more

March 03, 2016
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Second conference of the Bicentenary

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the series of conferences scheduled throughout this year of the bicentenary, Fr. Michel COURVOISIER OMI, gave a conference on Fr. François de Paule Henry Tempier. A number of people flocked in at 56 Cours Mirabeau to discover or deepen the character, personality and works of the one who was the friend and the very faithful companion of the Founder of the Oblates. Read more

February 20, 2016
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Living Lenten Season together

Last Tuesday the first meeting of the youth group took place at the Oblate community house in Aix. As from now, we will be meeting every Tuesday evening. Read more

February 05, 2016
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Bicentenary – Exposition

The Exposition organized at 60 Cours Mirabeau, in the same places where on 25 January 1816 the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded, is currently taking place as from January 26 to February 7. Read more

January 27, 2016
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Bicentenary Mass, celebrated in Aix-en-Provence

During his homily at the Bicentenary Mass, celebrated at Saint-Sauveur, Cathedral of Aix, on January 24, 2016, addressing the Missionary Oblates, Bishop Christophe DUFOUR told them that, “a poor Church for the poor, is the road-map for New Evangelization”. Read more

January 21, 2016
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Bicentenary – Pilgrimage in Aix

“My wife and I were privileged this month to be pilgrims following the footsteps of St. Eugene de Mazenod on this bicentenary of the founding of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. We visited places, important to the Oblates, in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, places significant in the life of St. Eugene”. Read more

January 21, 2016
Portrait of Father Deblieu

Portrait of Father Deblieu

The research done on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the Foundation of the Missionaries of Provence allowed us to discover the portrait of Father Jean-François Sébastien Deblieu, one of the first companions of Saint Eugene de Mazenod. It is really a great gift of the Jubilee, because until now the Oblates had no portrait of Father Deblieu. Read more

January 11, 2016
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Community week

Between Christmas and the new year some go on vacation on the snow (when there is any!), others use this time to be with their family. Our community, works! Beautiful, isn’t! Read more

December 25, 2015
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Christmas Celebration – Frat’ Oser 2015

The night of Thursday, December 17th 2015 was a beautiful moment for the Frat’ Oser and the Oblate community of Aix. Read more

December 21, 2015
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General Committee of finance in Aix

The General Committee of the finances of the missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate chose Aix-en-Provence as a place to hold its last meeting of the year 2015. Read more

December 15, 2015
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Mazenodian Family – December 2015

As usual, the encounter of Mazenodian Family began with a prayer. Then we shared around two key points: Summer School organized by the Oblates of France and the Bicentenary of the Oblate Foundation. Read more

November 18, 2015

CIEM Studies

Fr. Andrzej JASTRZEBSKI OMI was born on the 3rd February 1973 in Gliwice, Poland. He joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1992. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1999, he has exercised various ministries as a priest in Poland. Fr. Andrzej currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, where he shares his time between teaching at Saint Paul University and students’ chaplaincy. Read more

November 14, 2015

Inaugural Conference

The historical context in which the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded will be the inaugural theme of the series of conferences on the birth of the Oblates on the occasion of the Bicentenary of their Foundation. The inaugural conference will be given on Friday, December 18, 2015, at 18h30, in Aix-en-Provence at the Diocesan house, room “Chêne de Mambré.” Read more

October 25, 2015
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Back to the academic year : Frat Oser 2015-2016

It’s the opening of the academic year for the Frat ‘Oser of Aix-en-Provence! Maxime Camille Etienne, Samantha, Jean-Pascal, Pierre, Jean, Priscille, Luana, Emmanuel and Juliette journeyed the Weekend with Br. Benoit and Fr. Asodo on September 12th -13th, to start a good year of fraternity! Read more

October 22, 2015
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Bicentenary Anniversary of the Oblates

On January 25, 2016, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) will celebrate the 200th anniversary of their Congregation. It was founded in Aix-en-Provence by Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861), a priest of the diocese of Aix, proclaimed a Saint by Pope John Paul II in 1995. Read more

October 14, 2015

CIEM Studies

Fr. Bonga Thamsanqa MAJOLA, was born on the 3rd of March 1981 in South Africa. He entered the Novitiate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 2005. He studied Philosophy in Cedara, South Africa and completed his theological studies at the Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in October 2011 and was immediately sent as an assistant parish priest at St. Charles Borromeo parish, in Victory Park, Johannesburg. As an assistant he was mainly responsible for the youth and did vocation ministry within his Oblate Province. Fr. Bonga is currently a member of the Aix International community, at the service of Animation of the Oblate Charism. Read more

October 11, 2015
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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

September 22, 2015
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De Mazenod Experience in Polish

The De Mazenod Experience in Polish is currently taking place in Aix at the cradle of our Congregation since the 1st of September till October 7th 2015. The Experience is animated by Krzysztof ZIELENDA (Superior of Aix), Roman TYCZYNSKI (France-Benelux), and Paweł RATAJCZAK (Assumption, Canada). Read more

September 14, 2015
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De Mazenod Experience – Dates of the next sessions

On 1 September 2015 we began in Aix-en-Provence the De Mazenod Experience (DMX) in Polish with 13 Oblates participating in the program. The participants are from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Madagascar, USA and Sweden. Read more

September 13, 2015
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Aix Experience through the Scholastics’ eye: Reflection on Scholastics Summer Session 2015

Karel MEC, Casmir ARUL and Anthony THOMAS were among the 15 Oblate Scholastics from 5 different Scholasticates who spent 3 weeks in Aix last summer in a Session prepared for Scholastics. Listening to their personal reflections on their time in Aix it is clear that the experience profoundly touched the hearts of these young Oblates and allowed them to make “a concrete step in their formation to missionary life”. Read more

August 28, 2015
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From Palermo to Aix in the footsteps of St. Eugene de Mazenod

On August 10-17, 2015, a group of lay people from Palermo who share the Oblate Charism came to visit the places of Saint Eugene in Aix and Marseille. The group was formed of eight people, all from Palermo, including an Oblate and a COMI (a consecrated laywoman from the Secular Institute of the Cooperators of the Missionaries Oblates of May Immaculate). Read more

August 23, 2015
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PilgrimAix – youth pilgrimage

On November 21st, 1815, St. Eugene de Mazenod blessed the Choir of the Carmelites desecrated during the Revolution and made it a place of prayer for the Youth Association he founded. These recent days, the same choir served as a place of prayer for the Youth, organized here in Aix by the Commission of the Youth and Vocation Pastoral in Europe (CPJVE). Read more

August 08, 2015

The Toronto Youth on visit of Aix-en-Provence

A group of youth of the Oblate parish of St. Casimir in Toronto came to the cradle of the Congregation. They were accompanied by Fr. Marcin SERWIN who is in charge of youth ministry in the Assumption Province of Canada. Read more

July 29, 2015
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Summer session for the oblate scholastics

Summer session for the oblate scholastics is a session that allows participants to live in the cradle of the Congregation, a spiritual experience which helps them to make a concrete step in their formation to missionary life. Read more

July 22, 2015
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Scholastics Summer Session
International Mass

On the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time the Church of the Mission hosted a beautiful International Mass animated by the participants of the Scholastics Summer Session. The richness of our Oblate family in culture, language and diversity became evident and was highly appreciated by the parishioners of the Church of the Mission. During Mass three young Oblates shared their vocation stories and gave inspiring testimonies of their experience of the Session, among these was Dan Ziegler OMI a Scholastic from San Antonio Texas, here is his testimony: Read more

July 07, 2015
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Congress on Oblate Charism in context

Today, 200 years after the founding of our Congregation, how do we live the Charism? This is the question as a thread for the congress on the Oblate Charism organized by Father Fabio CIARDI, Director of the General Service for the Oblate Studies. Read more

July 05, 2015
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Our Bicentenary begins in Aix-en-Provence

We were about twenty Oblates from the Province of France and one from the Province of Cameroon; we came to deeply immerse ourselves in the source of the charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod. A week of retreat in Aix-en-Provence, the cradle of the Oblates; it is indeed a grace! It was good to be here, in this lively city, so rich in history, and in this house where each corner tells this or that aspect of the founding events: The Foundation room, the Church of the Mission, the Chapel of the First Vows, and the Founder’s Room. Read more

June 13, 2015
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Mazenodian Family Meeting

Wednesday, May 27, a few days after the Feast of St. Eugene, the Mazenodian Family came together to respond to the invitation given them by the Oblate International Community in Aix. During the prayer time which introduced the meeting, the participants listened to a reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians (2, 1-12), as well as to extracts from the Oblate Constitutions and Rules on the value of poverty and personal responsibility for the Oblates to reform themselves throughout their missionary life. Read more

May 31, 2015

Pray with « Aixultez Group »

“God can call to the priesthood even someone with broken arms like me!” Said Fr. René Luc during his testimony given to the youth of Aix at their vigil of praise and worship in the Oblate Cloister. Fr. René Luc is the author of the book “Dieu en plein coeur.” Read more

May 20, 2015
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The feast of St Eugene de Mazenod

St. Eugene de Mazenod, the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a man passionately in love with Christ and unconditionally committed to the Church, died on May 21, 1861. Since his beatification in 1975 we celebrate his feast day on May 21. This year Oblates will celebrate Holy Mass on the Tomb of their beloved Founder in the Cathedral of Marseille at 10h30am. Read more

May 18, 2015

Fuveau and Saint Eugene de Mazenod

« A saint crosses our path » was the title of a text written by a parishioner of Fuveau on the eve of the canonisation of Saitn Eugene De Mazenod on the 3rd of December 1995. This text was again published in the monthly newsletter of the pastoral Unity, Etoile Saint-Michel, on the 1 st of March 2015. A plaque commemorating the bicentenary of the vocation of Fr. Marius SUZANNE who hails from Fuveau will be placed in the church of this town in 2016. Read more

May 12, 2015
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International masses in the Church of the Missions

Every Sunday in July and in August, at 11 am, mass in two languages (French and English) is celebrated in the Church of the Missions in Aix. This mass was started by the Oblates with the assistance of the Pastoral Committee for Tourism and Leisure of Aix. Besides that, it happens that there is also an international celebration in this Church. Read more

May 05, 2015
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Oblates and Sainte-Victoire pilgrimage

The association of “The Friends of Sainte-Victoire” gave a significant value to the traditionally known pilgrimage of Sainte-Victoire, Le Roumavagi De Santo Venturi in Provencal, which takes place every year on the last Sunday of April on Mount Sainte-Victoire. After a beautiful celebration of the Eucharist, there was a blessing of the mountain which followed by a picnic and entertainment of different sorts, including dance, songs in Provencal, an act of rescue in mountain accidents, put up by the brigades, and many other activities. Read more

May 01, 2015
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Way to Santiago and Rome

The house of the Oblates in Aix-en-Provence is located along the ancient Via Aurelia which the way today for the pilgrims from either Saint-James de Compostela or Rome. Oblates are faithful to the principle: whoever welcomes a stranger, it is God that welcomes, offer accommodation to pilgrims. Read more

April 27, 2015
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De Mazenod Experience 2015, as it happens

The First Phase of the De Mazenod Experience aims at Progressive integration and community building. This is achieved in an atmosphere of communal prayer, sharing, and pilgrimage in Aix – in the footsteps of Saint Eugene. The fundamental question that each participant asks himself during this phase is, “how does the Founder’s life inspire my own?” Two participants, David RAJ originally from the Province of India currently in Australia as a missionary and George ROY from the US Province who spent 20 years as a missionary in Haiti, share their experience of the First Phase. Read more

April 17, 2015

De Mazenod Experience:
“From human doing to human being”

“Formation as a Lifelong Process” is the theme of the second year of the Oblate Triennium, calling us to commit ourselves to the process of ongoing formation. The “De Mazenod Experience” is one of the recommended programs regarding ongoing formation. Fr. Andri ATMAKA from Indonesia Province and Fr. John MALAZDREWICH from Lacombe Province, recently participated in the De Mazenod Experience programme which concluded with a three weeks retreat in Lourdes, the following are their powerful testimonies from a lived Experience. Read more

April 08, 2015
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Catechises at Gardanne

A catechises on the life of St. Eugene is an initiative of the pastoral team of Gardanne, a parish in the diocese of Aix and Arles. During this catechesis a number of children, youth and adults followed a presentation on the life of the Founder of the Oblates. They then participated in different workshops related to the theme. Read more

April 02, 2015
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The Image of the Invisible in the Chapel of the Oblates

“The world needs beauty in order not to sink into despair” – said Pope Paul VI in his message to the artists. From 23 – 30 March nearly a hundred people a day visited the exposition of icons, by Aimée BRASSENS, in the Chapel of the Oblates in Aix-en-Provence. Read more

March 18, 2015
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Frat-Oser, Lenten weekend in Marseille

Each year, the Frat-Oser (the student group in the Oblate community) in Aix-en-Provence takes two days off. So, faithful to this tradition, the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2015, allowed us, the students of this school year 2014/2015, to have a look at these first months, in an authentic, fraternal, and spiritual atmosphere. Br. Benoît and Fr. Bonga accompanied us in this process. Read more

March 18, 2015

Group of Veilleurs de la fraternité

On March 12, 2015, the group of “Veilleurs de la fraternité” under the patronage of the Oblate Missionaries invited the parishes from the city centre and numerous associations from Aix-en-Provence, in order to exchange ideas and information regarding diaconie. Read more

March 12, 2015
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A new program of the De Mazenod Experience

A long work-session, which aimed at assessing the two recently conducted De Mazenod Experiences and at drawing up a new program for this privileged Experience, came to conclusion on the 5th of March. Three members of the General Administration, the Oblate community of Aix, and two specially-invited Oblates participated in the session. Read more

March 07, 2015
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The priests of Aix on the footsteps of Saint Eugene

During the last week of February a pilgrimage of the priests of the Diocese of Aix and Arles took place on the footsteps of Saint Eugene de Mazenod. Bishop Christophe DUFOUR with about thirty priests of his diocese made this pilgrimage together. The role of Guide and Preacher was entrusted to Father Bernard DULLIER OMI, author of “15 days with Eugene de Mazenod”. Read more

February 23, 2015

Father Gilberto encounters with the Mazenodian Family of Aix

To mark the 189th anniversary of the approval of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and its Constitutions and Rules, the Mazenodian Family of Aix held an encounter with the Oblate community on Sunday, February 15th, 2015. During this encounter, we welcomed Father Gilberto PIÑÓN, Assistant General, who presented the history of the Oblate lay associates. Read more

February 06, 2015
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Summer Session for Scholastics

A new program has been prepared for the Session of the Scholastics. It is the result of a recent work session between the community of Aix and the “Bureau Européen de Formation” (BEF) represented by Fathers Gennaro ROSATO, Giuseppe RUBINO, Jude SAPARAMADU and Piotr PIASECKI. Read more

February 05, 2015
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Polish Oblates on retreat at Aix

« Happiness awaits us in this holy Society which will have but one heart and soul. One part of the year will be devoted to the conversion of souls, the other to seclusion, study and our individual sanctification » (from the letter of St. Eugene de Mazenod to Fr. Tempier, October 9, 1815). Read more

January 16, 2015
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Retreat of the community of the Central Government of the Oblates

Last December 28 until January 3, the Central Government came to spend a week of retreat at the cradle of the Congregation. The retreat was given by all five members of the Aix community. Read more

January 08, 2015
Réunion de la Famille mazenodienne

The mazenodian family

On Sunday the 21st December 2014 the Oblate Community of Aix invited the Mazenodian Family to meet together to share the joy of Christmas. A moment of prayer started the get together: “lift up your eyes and look in the distance that your heart jumps for joy”. Read more

December 29, 2014
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Distinguished Visitors

Did Saint Eugene de Mazenod ever think that one day Hong Kong pupils would come to pray in Aix-en-Provence where he founded his Congregation or they would come to Marseille where he was bishop for nearly 30 years? Did he ever dream of schools run by the Oblates in the big city of Hong Kong, whose name means « Fragrant harbour »? Read more

December 26, 2014
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Christmas with the Fraternity Oser

Thanks to Br. Benoit and Fr. Bonga for doing beautiful Christmas decorations in the house, especially in the dining room where we hosted a Christmas party with the Fraternity Oser, a group of students who lodge with us here in the community of Aix. Read more

December 11, 2014

Why St. Theresa was proclaimed a Patroness of the missions?

A group of about sixty recently confirmed youth reflected on this question at the Oblate house in Aix-en-Provence. The weekend, organized by the youth ministry of the diocese, ended with a missionary experience on the Cours Mirabeau. Read more

November 30, 2014

Apostolic letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to all consecrated people

That the old saying will always be true: “Where there are religious, there is joy”. We are called to know and show that God is able to fill our hearts to the brim with happiness; that we need not seek our happiness elsewhere; that the authentic fraternity found in our communities increases our joy; and that our total self-giving in service to the Church, to families and young people, to the elderly and the poor, brings us life-long personal fulfilment – said the Pope Francis to all consecrated people. Read more

November 29, 2014
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A group of Oblates visiting Aix

Each year a group of Oblates, from the Central Province of Europe, visit Aix-en-Provence. Like in the previous years, the highlight of their stay with us was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Tomb of St. Eugene de Mazenod. Read more

November 15, 2014

Mazenod mansion

The Mazenod mansion on Mirabeau avenue in Aix was built towards the end of the 17th century by a family of dyers, the Chantre, who sold it to Antoine de Laugier, a knight of the order of Saint Michael and assistant to the Senior Commissariat Officer of Provence, whose only daughter married Charles Alexandre de Mazenod, President of the Court of Accounts, in 1743. Read more

October 27, 2014

To live and to die for the Gospel, it is still actual!

The Catholic Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon has been for quite some months now the theatrical stage of islamists exactions. Gregoire CADOR, a Fidei Donum priest working in the Mission of Tokombere shares his experiences with us on the life of the Church cruelly exposed on a daily basis to the incessant raids of Boko Haram. The oldest Missions in the Diocese were founded by the Oblates; till date, the aforementioned missionaries still work in the Diocese: in Mokolo (where they have 3 communities), and in Maroua (2 communities). Read more

October 15, 2014

De Mazenod Experience- testimonies

The English session of “De Mazenod Experience” is already in its fourth week. Personal renewal in Oblate vocation is the primary objective of this Experience; achieved through reflection in an atmosphere of prayer, and fraternal sharing. Here are some of the amazing testimonies from the participants who are currently making the Experience. Read more

October 06, 2014

De Mazenod Experience 2014

The session in English of “De Mazenod Experience” began in Aix on the 8th of September. This session is a renewal program which aims, especially, at enabling the participants to look back over their experience of the Oblate charism in the everyday life of their mission and ministry. They do so in an atmosphere of prayer, reflection and fraternal sharing. Read more

August 23, 2014
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Vow Preperation Session

The International St. Eugene de Mazenod Center in Aix is committed to promoting the oblate charism and oblate spirituality. The Aix community makes every effort to live in the spirit and charism of St. Eugene de Mazenod including his predilection for the most abandoned. In other words, they live their mission with love and passion offering their dynamism and selflessly sharing their expertise. Read more

August 16, 2014
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Formation for Formators

Formation to the Missionary life is an art which demands special qualities! In the month of July, in Aix-en-Province, has taken place a formation session for formators who accompany our candidates in their discernment prior to the Novitiate stage to embrace the Missionary life. The session was organized by Fr. Cornelius NGOKA, Assistant General in-charge of Formation. He was aided, in this task, by Fr. Clement WAIDYASEKARA, General Councilor for Asia and member of the internal committee of formation. Read more

August 14, 2014

The Experience of the Council of the Province of Poland in Aix

Where are we and why? This question remianed in the background of my mind as we journeyed together with Council through the birthplace of our congregation. Focused on personal prayer and community, this week’s program, lived in a climate of Oblate fraternity renewal had some significant milestones. Read more

June 30, 2014
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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

June 19, 2014
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A Testimony of a Missionary Commitment

We have received this morning a testimony of a committed missionary, Celina, an old member of the Mission School founded by the Oblates in France. I would like to share this testimony which exudes enthusiasm. Read more

June 17, 2014
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Anglo-Irish Province pilgrimage

During this month of June, 5 Oblates and 24 lay people from the Anglo-Irish Province came on pilgrimage to Aix. The pilgrimage was organised by Fathers Lorcan O’REILLY and Henricus ASODO in collaboration with a number of other persons. The program included, among other things, visits to the places connected with the Oblate Foundation in Aix and Marseilles, the shrine of Our Lady of Laus and Sénanque Abbey. Read more

June 15, 2014

The Sacrament of Baptism in the Chapel of the Oblates

On Pentecost day, the sacrament of baptism was conferred on two (2) men, patients at the Montperrin hospital: Mustapha-Marie and Ahcene-Lazare were baptised in the Church of the Mission in Aix. This kind of celebration is very rare in the Church of the Mission also called the Oblates’ Chapel. Though very known in the city, however, the Chapel is not a parish. It is situated, this private chapel, within the jurisdiction of the St. John of Malt parish served by the Fraternity of the Apostolic Monks of St. John of Malt. Read more

June 08, 2014

It is never too late to discover Aix

The community of Aix welcomes with great pleasure the 25 Oblates who come from Belgium and Holland. Certain of them come to Aix for the first time in their life. The evidence of their life has helped the Community of Aix which is still at the beginning of its own mission. Read more

March 10, 2014

Leaders of Triennium

February 17, 2014
Miguel Fritz

The Mazenodian Family with Father Miguel Fritz

February 02, 2014

Day of Consecrated Life

December 21, 2013

The Triennium has begun in Aix