The mission of the community of the Oblates in Aix-en-Provence is to be at the service of the whole Congregation, and of the persons (lay associates, members of the Institutes of Consecrated Life connected to the Oblates, and others), who wish to know more about the work and spirituality of St. Eugene de Mazenod. This is done by meetings for first and continued formation, by retreats, sessions, expositions, conferences, and other means. The community also does pastoral work at the Church of the Mission, which is also called the Oblate chapel. The community also does pastoral work with the Mazenod Family, with students, and, in collaboration with the diocese, with the high school students of Aix.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.