Founder of the Missionary Oblates


1782 : birth in Aix-en-Provence
1791 : forced into exile in Italy by the French Revolution
1802 : return to France
1808 : he enters the seminary of Saint-Sulpice, Paris, to study for the priesthood
1811 : he is ordained priest
1812 : return to Aix. He does not go to a parish, but dedicates his ministry to those who are not touched by the structures of the Church : the poor who speak Provencal, the youth, the prisoners, the inhabitants spread out in the small villages
1816 : he founds the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (originally called Missionaries of Provence)
1823 : named Vicar General of Marseille
1832 : ordained Bishop of Icosia, but with residence in Marseille
1837 : named Bishop of Marseille
1841 : he sends the first Oblate missionaries to Canada, England and Ireland
1861 : he dies on May 21
1975 : he is beatified by Pope Paul VI, as a missionary on fire for Jesus Christ and the Church
1995 : he is canonized by Pope John Paul II

TODAY, his missionary spirit is continued by some 4000 Oblates, missionaries in 64 countries, and by thousands of faithful lay people in the Mazenodian family around the world, and by the members of 44 Institutes of Consecrated Life who are connected to his charism.

Many find St. Eugene to be an intercessor for families in difficulty.

To learn more, visit the web site, or subscribe to the meditations : Eugene Speaks to Us!

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