Fr. Julius Letsoela, OMI
Upon realizing the manifestation and conception of Christ in her body, Mary could not resist an urge to reach out to others. She reached out to her Cousin Elizabeth to let her experience and share joy, appreciation, and blessing. It was against the background of her encounter with an Angel and incarnation of Christ that she reached out to her cousin. The aroma of her blessedness spread and reached out to both Elizabeth and her child.
In a similar manner, the joy and blessings carried by the personality of Fr. Superior General, Louis LOUGEN OMI, the successor of Saint Eugene de Mazenod allowed the Oblates of the Lesotho Province to experience an ineffable spirit of joy, appreciation, and blessing. Father General arrived in Lesotho on July 5th, 2022.
During his stay in the Province, he succeeded to meet with various groups and individuals. Among others, he met with the Provincial Council, MAMI, Ex-Oblates (whom he referred to as the sons of Eugen de Mazenod), the Lesotho Catholic Bishop’s Conference (LCBC), and had a meeting with the members of the Lesotho Province both from Lesotho and Botswana Mission. In that meeting, he was joined by the Councilor for Africa-Madagascar Fr. Guillermo MUTHUNDA.
Father General was also able to visit the nearby Oblate places like Lebreton House for the elderly and sick, ‘Maria ‘Mabasotho Oblate Pastoral Centre, the Scholasticate, Pius XII College House and Hostels, and Roma Parish where the grave of Blessed Joseph Gerard is located.
The climax of Father LOUGEN’s visitation was his opening and blessing of the building of Mazenod Printing Works which was demolished by fire in 2020. On July 10th, he attended the Holy Eucharistic celebration at Regina Mundi Parish, Mazenod.
Fr. General left and headed back to Rome on July 11th, 2022. Indeed “Mary stayed with her some three months and then went home” (Lk:56).