Nearly 200 years for the Oblates! The missionary adventure of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate began with Saint Eugene de Mazenod who, on 25 January 1816, gathered in the former Carmelite convent of Aix a group of priests to evangelize Provence. Today, Oblates count nearly 3800 men and are present in sixty-five countries. Celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Oblates will take-off in Aix-en-Provence from the end of the year 2015 to the first half 2016.
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
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