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OUR BICENTENARY: REJOICE WITH ME AND CONGRATULATE YOURSELVES, FOR IT HAS PLEASED THE LORD TO GRANT US GREAT FAVORS

Posted  by franksantucci The full impact and importance of the foundation we are celebrating can only be appreciated if we look at the bigger picture. Eugene was convinced that the 6 men coming together in the foundation room were doing so in response to a call from God. But, how sure of this was he? Exactly … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: REJOICE WITH ME AND CONGRATULATE YOURSELVES, FOR IT HAS PLEASED THE LORD TO GRANT US GREAT FAVORS

TODAY: TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF PROCLAIMING THE GREATNESS OF THE SAVIOR

Posted  by franksantucci “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;my spirit rejoices in God my savior” The Mighty One has done great things for me,    and holy is God’s name.God’s mercy is from age to age:     Please note: there will be a pause in these reflections until February 8. In the meantime, I draw your attention … Continue reading TODAY: TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF PROCLAIMING THE GREATNESS OF THE SAVIOR

OUR BICENTENARY: 25 JANUARY 1816 – RECALLING OUR FOUNDING STORY

Posted by franksantucci The all-important first day of community life for the Missionaries was obviously a story often repeated in all its details. In his Memoires, Father Tempier, described it as: “This memorable day that I will never forget for as long as I live.” Here Eugene is writing to the novices and scholastics who were … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: 25 JANUARY 1816 – RECALLING OUR FOUNDING STORY

OUR BICENTENARY: 25 JANUARY 1816 – RECALLING OUR FOUNDING STORY

Posted  by franksantucci The all-important first day of community life for the Missionaries was obviously a story often repeated in all its details. In his Memoires, Father Tempier, described it as: “This memorable day that I will never forget for as long as I live.” Here Eugene is writing to the novices and scholastics who were … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: 25 JANUARY 1816 – RECALLING OUR FOUNDING STORY

OUR BICENTENARY: 25 JANUARY 1816 – THE FIRST DAY OF COMMUNITY LIFE

Posted by franksantucci 25 January 1816 marked the first day of community life for the Missionaries, with the arrival of the first three members. Eugene had bought some of the Carmelite Convent, with an arrangement that the seller, Madame Gontier, could continue using the greater part of the building for her boarding school for girls. In … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: 25 JANUARY 1816 – THE FIRST DAY OF COMMUNITY LIFE

OUR BICENTENARY: THE HUMAN FACE OF OUR “FOUNDING FATHERS”

Posted by franksantucci Not all approached by Eugene to join him on 25 January 2016 had the same sentiments as Henri Tempier. In this letter to his friend, Forbin Janson, Eugene gives vent to his feelings in a frank, and rather humorous, description of the reactions of some of his future companions. Despite all this, they … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: THE HUMAN FACE OF OUR “FOUNDING FATHERS”

OUR BICENTENARY: THE WILL AND THE COURAGE TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLES

Posted by franksantucci If, as I hope, you wish to be one of us, you will not find yourself in unfamiliar territory; you will have four companions. If presently we are not more numerous, it means we wish to choose men who have the will and the courage to walk in the footsteps of the apostles. … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: THE WILL AND THE COURAGE TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLES

OUR BICENTENARY: THE INVITATION TO COME AND “BE” IN ORDER TO “DO”

Posted  by franksantucci From the very beginning, Eugene insisted that whatever missionary work was done, its success depended on the quality of life of those doing it. It was the example of the lifestyle of the missionary that was to speak louder than any words. This is why for Eugene, community and a commonly accepted Rule … Continue reading OUR BICENTENARY: THE INVITATION TO COME AND “BE” IN ORDER TO “DO”

NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR OUR BICENTENARY

Posted on January 17, 2016 by franksantucci As part of our preparations for the USA Oblate province bicentenary celebrations I have prepared a novena for reflection and prayer. Each day has  a lot of material that the user can choose from. As it was prepared for our US Oblates, you may need to make some adaptations to the text to fit your context. I … Continue reading NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR OUR BICENTENARY

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