SAINT SPOTLIGHT--St. Eugene de Mazenod


St. Eugene de Mazenod was born in France in 1782. He and his family fled to Italy during the French Revolution. Eugene returned 11 years later and decided to become a priest when he saw the state of the French church.

After ordination, he ministered to needy people in Aix-en-Provence. In 1816, he founded and was superior general of an order that eventually became known as the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

In 1837, he became bishop of Marseilles, where he was a reformer and built new churches for those immigrating to France.

Eugene died in 1861, and we honor him May 21.