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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »?
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.