The story of st eugene his childhood charles joseph eugene de mazenod was born in aix en provence france on 1st august 1782 the son of wealthy aristocratic parents his father charles antoine de mazenod a member of the french nobility was the president of the aix parliament young eugene had a very comfortable life eugenes adolescence. The church in declaring him a saint on december 3 1995 crowns these two points of his living love and zeal his life and his deeds remain for all a window unto god himself and that is the greatest gift that eugene de mazenod oblate of mary immaculate can offer us. The missionary oblates of mary immaculate omi is a missionary religious congregation in the catholic church it was founded on january 25 1816 by saint eugene de mazenod a french priest born in aix en provence in the south of france on august 1 1782 the congregation was given recognition by pope leo xii on february 17 1826. After 25 years of intense work in france st eugene sent his first missionaries to canada shortly afterwards to sri lanka and south africa this was the beginning of the oblate epic that was to continue amid the ice of the north pole and in the heat of the tropics in regions that were christian moslem buddhist or hindu. The missionary oblates of mary immaculate serve poor and needy people in the united states and more than 60 countries around the world
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