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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.