Sérgio DE SANTANA, OMI

Driven by this spirit that encourages us to keep renewing our oblation every day, on Saturday, May 25, 2024, the Southeast District of the Province of Brazil gathered to celebrate the 163rd anniversary of the passing of our Beloved Founder, St. Eugene de Mazenod.

“They must wholly renounce themselves, striving solely for the glory of God, the good of the Church” Preface of the CC&RR OMI Manuscript, 1825.

Driven by this spirit that encourages us to keep renewing our oblation every day, on Saturday, May 25, 2024, we gathered as the Southeast District of the Province of Brazil to celebrate the 163rd anniversary of the passing of our beloved Founder, St. Eugene de Mazenod. The Eucharist was presided over by the newest priest of our Province, Fr. Geovane PEREIRA, OMI, who is the Formator of the pre-noviciate, and was concelebrated by the Provincial of Brazil, Fr. LINDOMAR, OMI, and the Second Provincial Counselor, Fr. Antônio PEREIRA, OMI.

In his homily, Fr. Geovane emphasized key points from the Preface of the Constitutions and Rules of 1825, relating them to our current circumstances and underscoring their importance for maintaining the vitality of our missionary charism.  Later, he offered a brief reflection on some Constitutions, highlighting the vision of our Founder and urging us to remember and implement it in our daily lives.

At the end of the Eucharist, the Provincial, Fr. Lindomar, OMI, thanked Fr. Geovane for accepting to preside and acknowledged the presence of the Oblates of the District, religious sisters, and laypeople who support our mission. At that moment, one of the elders of the community, Fr. Luís CARLOS, OMI, expressed his gratitude to Fr. Lindomar, OMI, for his 6 years of service to the Province of Brazil. During these years, we have been able to accomplish so many beautiful things in the mission. May God help us live each day with more fidelity and love for this beautiful charism that unites us.

St. Eugene de Mazenod, pray for us!
Blessed Oblates and Martyrs, pray for us!
Praised be Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate!