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Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Specialists in the most difficult missions of the Church

 

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are a group of priests and brothers under the patronage of Our Lady.

The Oblates work in almost every apostolic work where there is a need. They take four vows: Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Perseverance.

The Oblates began ministering the French countryside. They quickly expanded to different parts of Europe and the world.

Today there are over 4,000 Oblates working to spread the Gospel to those that are not being reached.

OMI Founder: St. Eugene de Mazenod

Patron of dysfunctional families

Eugene de Mazenod was born in France in 1782 to French nobility. This ended with the French Revolution (1789-1799).

The family moved to Italy and travelled from city to city. During that time, his parents divorced and Eugene stayed with this father in Italy and his mother moved back to France.

In 1802, Eugene returned to France to claim his inheritance and to be part of the French nobility. He slowly saw the effects of the French Revolution on the Church in France and the people. He resolved to do something about this.

Then, in 1807, during the adoration of the cross on Good Friday, Eugene experienced a special grace from God. He realized his own sinfulness and the greatness of God's mercy. He wanted to share this profound truth with everyone.

In 1808, he entered St. Sulpice Seminary in Paris and was ordained in Amiens on December 21, 1811.

Eugene rejected prestigious church positions and instead worked with the sick, poor, young people and prisoners.

He soon became overwhelemed by all his work and decided to get others who shared his vision. He formed on January 25,1816 in Aix-en-Provence, France as the Missionaries of Provence. They were recognized on February 17, 1826 by Pope Leo XII.

The name changed to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Soon, the missionaries were sent to different parts of the world, serving those who were not being reached by the Church.

Eugene soon became Bishop of Marsaille in 1837.

He died on May 21, 1861.

Eugene was beatified on October 19, 1975 and canonized on December 3, 1995.

 

 


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