On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, we invited all people of good will to write a short testimony on the following topic: How the ministry of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate influenced my life.
On May 22, 2016, at the end of Mass at St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish, three names were randomly drawn from all participants. These three individuals received a statute of Notre Dame de la Garde – Our Lady of the Guard – which comes from a basilica of the same name located in Marseille, France. The basilica was constructed on the foundations of an ancient fort, under the direction of our founder St. Eugene de Mazenod. This famous church is visited daily by pilgrims from all over the world who come to pray at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of the Guard.
The statue, measuring 11 meters, is located at the top of the church. The first missionaries, and even those who left for Canada in 1941, would board a ship, look at the statue and ask Mary to intercede for them. Notre Dame de la Garde has great significance to all Oblates.
The remaining participants received an Oblate rosary.
The following participants agreed to have their testimony published. To read their inspiring personal stories, click on each name below.
Barbara M. Filipowski
Bozena Maria Senkowska Zukowska
Krystyna and Henryk Skibinski
Sister Teresa Kreiser, rndm
Wieslawa and Ryszard Bielecki