Became Bishop of Marseilles in 1837, Saint Eugene de Mazenod worked hard for the development of the Church in his diocese. Not only to his own diocese, at the same time, he responded to the bishops’ requests from far distant lands by sending his Oblate missionaries to Canada, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Feast of this passionate pastor of Jesus Christ and unconditional servant of the Church is celebrated on May 21st.
This year, the Oblate community of Aix-en-Provence celebrated this feast together with the Oblates who are here for the De Mazenod Experience Session from 11 countries as well as together with many members of the Mazenodian Family. The feast began in the Church of the Mission with a Mass in which the homily was preached by Father Bernard DULLIER, the author of the book “15 days of prayer with Saint Eugene de Mazenod” and many other publications. The feast was followed with a fraternal meals together in the Courtyard of the house.
Feast of St.Eugene traditionally opens the novena for Oblate vocations which is going on until the feast of Blessed Joseph Gerard, Apostle of Lesotho, on May 29th. In the context of this novena, every evening, the community pray rosary everyday at 7 pm.
Krzysztof ZIELENDA, OMI