Our Eastern Missionary Journey
150 years ago
“May your Kingdom come!”
1 - The call of the Church
- Father d’ALZON’s love of the church
His idea of oecumenism
His wish to buy the Cenacle in Jerusalem
- Pope Pius IX
- Father Victorin Galabert offers himself
- Father d’ALZON’s journey to Turkey
2 - The foundation of the Oblates of the Assumption
- Father Galabert’s request for sisters
- Father Hippolyte Saugrain
- Rochebelle 1865
- Marie CORRENSON, as Superior general and co-founder
3 - The first years in the Eastern mission : 1868-1880
- Difficulties and joys
- Death of our founder and Father Picard
- Father Galabert’s death
- After Father Galabert’s death
4 - The Eastern mission in the XXth century
- Before the first world war
- The arrival of Ata Turk in 1922
- The arrival of communism in 1848
- The fall of communism in 1990
The Fathers and the Oblates today in the Eastern mission.
Father d’ALZON proposed this motto to Mother Eugénie as a motto for her congregation. He found it in the Constitutions of the sisters of Marie Thérèse who were working in Nîmes at the Refuge, and later on, he thought it was the best simple motto his Assumption could have.
So he gave it to the two congregations he founded : the Augustians of the Assumption and the Oblates of the Assumption.
Little by little, it became the motto of the whole Assumption family.
This motto “Thy kingdom come” was joined to the basis of his spirituality :
“For the love of our lord Jesus-Christ.”
He writes in our Directory :
“We must love Jesus-Christ and all he loved : the Virgin Mary, his mother, and the Church, his spouse.”That explains the adventure on which he sent his Brothers and Sisters, an adventure we refer to in our Assumptionist language as :
“The Near Eastern Mission”.
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