The community of the Oblates of Aix-en-Provence is responsible for the upkeep of the historical spot which is the cradle of the Congregation, situated at the ancient Carmel, at 60 cours Mirabeau. Since January 25, 1816, the history of this house is intimately linked with the history of the Congregation. It is written up in all the biographies of Eugene de Mazenod and in all the books which talk about the foundation. Its history, calm at certain times and very eventful at others, was similar to what other religious communities experienced in France. Today, the house is a place of pilgrimage for Oblates from the whole world. For them, it has much the same role as the Holy Land for Christians. The house belongs to the de Mazenod Foundation, which signed a contract with the Association EMIC on December 7, 2011.
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.
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.
The Association of Centre International Eugene de Mazenod (CIEM)
CIEM is an organization created in November 2011, subject to the provisions of French law of July 1st , 1901. Its purpose is to help publicize the work and thought of St. Eugene de Mazenod, Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the universal reach of his message through linking with any person or entity with an interest in the work of St. Eugene.
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.
Founder of the Missionary Oblates
Eugene de Mazenod experienced a turbulent childhood and youth. After looking to shine in the salons, it is upset by the Cross of Christ, during a ceremony of the Good Friday. He made the discovery of God’s Love. Priest, Bishop of Marseille, Founder of the Oblates, he has concern for the poor and a lot of creativity to love them. Here are the key events in his life.