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6 Days to go before Congress – Happy Feast day!!

St Eugene de Mazenod’s Feast Day Dear De Mazenod Family, Today we celebrate an important day in our year when we remember the man whose faith, vision, passion and enthusiasm, which he chose to share, continues to influence us today some 200 years later.As the De Mazenod Family, we embrace his charism as the lens … Continue reading 6 Days to go before Congress – Happy Feast day!!

8 Days to go before Congress –

Fr. Ryszard Szmydki OMI reflects back on the first Congress and meetings in 1995 – 1996 Lay Associates Congress, Aix-en-Provence 1996             The Seminar on Oblate Lay Associates, held in Rome in September 1995, in one of its final proposals recommended “to hold a congress of the Lay Associates”. The first International Oblate Lay Associates’ … Continue reading 8 Days to go before Congress –

9 Days before Congress Blog #11 “And on the fourth day we rested.”

Do you want Eugene to come alive for you? Make the trek through the narrow, winding streets of Aix and kneel in the Church of the Madeleine. Listen to his famous Lenten sermon as it is proclaimed from the pulpit: “You know who you are in the eyes of the world but do you know … Continue reading 9 Days before Congress Blog #11 “And on the fourth day we rested.”

10 Days before Congress Blog #10“The work is complete.”

Day Three, Monday May 20, was our day to complete the work. That morning, we received the draft document, ‘Identity and Structures,’ as prepared by the writing committee. In our working groups, we debated the propositions. Our instructions were to reach consensus on proposed additions or modifications. The lively debates were a testament to the … Continue reading 10 Days before Congress Blog #10“The work is complete.”

11 Days before Congress Blog #9“ A communion of the charism”

The smoke rises in a gentle spiral. The fragrance of the incense becomes stronger and stronger until we are breathing only it. The silence deepens and becomes sacred in its intensity. The only sounds are the names reverberating off the walls. The room is not overly large and we are crowded in, lining the walls … Continue reading 11 Days before Congress Blog #9“ A communion of the charism”

12 Days before Congress Blog #8“ Gathering as one. 

It felt like the invitation of the Spirit: find a new unity in our diversity; uncover a complementarity that respected differences; open the door to innovative relationships between ordained, vowed and lay. Early on, Father Chaigne named it. Then we prayed it and lived it.  Father Chaigne’s homily that first day reminded us of our … Continue reading 12 Days before Congress Blog #8“ Gathering as one. 

13 Days before the Congress Blog #7“ We work….

Father General’s dream was before us: lay association as a new reality in the congregation. “How ever were we going to get there?” I wondered. It was up to General Counsellor Father Szmydki to tell us: over three days of work and one day of celebration, he told us, we were going to create a … Continue reading 13 Days before the Congress Blog #7“ We work….

14 Days before the Congress Blog #6“The charism of Saint Eugene belongs to the whole church,” Father Chaigne

declared. The French Oblate made the comment in his homily at the 1st Eucharistic assembly of the Congress and I wondered what it meant.” “. It is common enough to hear now, but back in 1996, only one year after Eugene had been declared a saint, it was a new idea for me. What does … Continue reading 14 Days before the Congress Blog #6“The charism of Saint Eugene belongs to the whole church,” Father Chaigne

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