On Sunday, February 28, 2016, the community of the Oblates of Aix invited friends of the Mazenodian Family to go on a pilgrimage to Saint-Cannat. It is in this village near Aix where Fr. Tempier, friend and confidant of Eugene de Mazenod, was born.
We gathered in the Church where Fr. Tempier was baptized. A simple and moving liturgical celebration reminded each of the participants the meaning of baptism and the mission of all the baptized. The figure of Fr. Tempier was evoked and accompanied this time of prayer.
Back at 60 Cours Mirabeau, the members of the Mazenodian Family listened carefully to the memoirs of the event celebrated on 17 February by the Oblates: « on February 17, 1826, Pope Leo XII approved the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates as well as their Constitutions and rules. This decision, which confirmed the way of life of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and their recognition in the Church, was received with great joy. The next day, Fr. De Mazenod wrote to Fr. Tempier and the Oblates to announce the news ».
Then, Fr. Krzysztof ZIELENDA read the letter of the Superior General which expresses his gratitude and compliments on the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations. Fr. Krzysztof also sincerely thanked those present for the work done, services rendered, their presence and support that allowed the success of the celebrations: « a group of friends able to live a common spirituality and to achieve things together ». He continued mentioning that « the fruits of this anniversary are already tangible, upcoming meetings, conferences and other pilgrimages that mark the jubilee year 2016 will further strengthen the bonds of the Mazenodian Family with the Aix community. Thank you all ».
The evening continued with a time of conviviality around a shared meal.