St. Eugene de Mazenod and Youth
Eugene De Mazenod experienced the saving love of Jesus at the foot of the Cross and from this experience he was called to participate in Jesus’ Mission. His priorities in proclaiming the Good News to the poor were prisoners, peasants and young people. In fact most of his ministry time as a young priest and later as the Founder of the Missionaries of Provence was devoted to the young people associated with him in the Youth Congregation of Aix.
Oblates and Youth
Just as in our Founder’s times, Mission with Youth is a priority because the youth are the poorest among the poor. For us this is a real priority and we want to re-affirm it is authentic Oblate mission.
We believe that we are being called to a change of mind and heart to approach young people. As we speak of Mission WITH Youth as a new paradigm we want to point out that we need to reach out to young people wherever they are (MISSION) and not to be satisfied with business as usual. We are called to work WITH young and lay people and other vowed members of De Mazenod family in order to cooperate with Jesus’ Mission.
We Oblates want to be challenged by the youth. We want to grow in a common vision that Oblate ministry with youth is not just faced with the diversity of our contexts, but that we have one charism that unites us all. We want to listen to the young people and hear their needs so that by walking the journey of faith together we become Disciples of Christ with a common mission.
In this mission we return to the example of St. Eugene who calls us to help each other become first human, then Christians and lastly Saints, realizing that this is our common vision. Only this way will we be able to help our youth find their true vocation and the specific call that God has for each one of them.
Three Goals of Oblate Ministry with Young People
In becoming Human we seek to foster the psychological, intellectual, physical and spiritual growth of each young person; helping them to recognize their dignity and the dignity of others.
In becoming Christians we seek to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
In becoming Saints we seek to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the Oblate charism, fully human and fully alive, in our world today