The Mazenodiens at Mouriès

Sunday, April 2, had without a doubt been a day of significance and fraternity for the young Mazenodiens. This day, both culturally and spiritually enriching, was spent in Mouries and the Vallee des Beaux. There, joined by local parishioners, the youth participated in the celebration commemorating the bicentennial of the March Mission of 1817, preached by Saint Eugene de Mazenod and his first companions, at a time when the region of Provence was still suffering the repercussions of the French Revolution.

In the church at Mouriès

In the church at Mouriès

During the Mass celebrated by Father CICCULLO and Father Krzysztof ZIELENDA, the youth from Aix, accompanied by brother Benoit DOSQUET, heard about the role of the parish missions. Moving testimonies of faith, fruits of the mission, were shared with the faithful gathered for the celebration.

The Mass was followed by a visit of the Abbey of Monmajour proceeded by a picnic in the company of our gracious host Mr. De SAMBUCY. The day continued with a visit of the Castle of Estoublon and the charming Beaux de Provence.

Before the Mission Cross of 1817

Before the Mission Cross of 1817

The mission cross erected at the entrance to the village, bearing the monogram, “M.P.” symbolizing the Missionaries of Provence, so dear to Saint Eugene, will have already served, two centuries ago, as a sign of renewal of the vows of the young Mazenodiens, ablaze with the same love of God and “mazenodian” charisma.

Alexandre MAHUE