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).

In front of the Church of the Mission

In front of the Church of the Mission

There were 35 young people from Italy, Spain, Ireland, Ukraine, Germany, France and Poland joined in the “PilgrimAix” to discover places where St. Eugene de Mazenod had lived in. They are animated by Brother Benoit DOSQUET and Father Henricus ASODO of the Aix community. The Youth, accompanied by their own Oblate chaplains, Lisa RENNER, OMI and Ileana CHINNICI, COMI, visited Aix and Marseille. The prayers, liturgical celebrations or reflection on the spiritual experience of St. Eugene in the veneration of the Cross on Good Friday as well as the pilgrimage of the parish mission preached in 1820 at Aix by the Oblates, have indeed enriched their visits.

In the chapel of first vows

In the chapel of first vows

Besides, in a solemn celebration, the Oblate Youth Chaplains: Antonio D’AMORE, David MEDINA, Jens WATTEROH, David OMIECINSKI, Andrzej ALBINIAK, Przemek KOSCIANEK and Jacques LANGLET, signed the copy of the request for the authorization to form a community of missionaries submitted in 1816 to the authorities of the diocese of Aix by St. Eugene and his first companions. This symbolic gesture is offered to all the Oblates who visit the Foundation’s room since last year as a preparatory triennium to the bicentenary of the Congregation.

Krzysztof ZIELENDA, OMI