Six months have passed since we celebrated, on 24 and 25 January, the bicentenary of the Foundation of the Missionaries of Provence which will become, 10 years later, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
We have not seen time elapse, because since the beginning of this year, many Oblates and lay people from around the world have been coming in numbers to make a pilgrimage to the place of our Foundation that we gladly call “our holy land”. Sometimes, we had to seek housing outside, our House being too small to accommodate everyone.
There were two congresses organized by the General Administration: one on Mission with youth and the second, which has just ended, on Oblate vocations.
The end of the year will be no less busy with groups from Italy, Germany, a session of three weeks for the Scholastics from Europe and, from September to November, a long session that we call “De Mazenod Experience” with 16 francophone participants.
We can only rejoice at all these activities, the House and the community being made exceptionally for them. Above all, our greatest joy is in meeting our Oblate brothers from all continents, to see lay people, young and old, engaged with us in the same spirituality and the same mission, to share with each other our hopes and the Kingdom of God which comes through, sometimes, many trials and suffering.
Best summer wishes to you all!
Joseph BOIS, OMI