The congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded on 25th January 1816 by St.Eugene De Mazenod in Aix-en-Provence, France.“He has sent me to preach the good news to the poor” is the charism of the congregation adopted by the founder St.Eugene.
The primary purpose of the Oblates is TO BRING THE GOOD NEWS to “those people whose condition cries out for salvation” (Constitution no. 5).
As St.Eugene De Mazenod envisaged the oblates were ready to go to the nook and corners of the world to preach the good news to the poor. Their tremendous sacrifice has helped the church for 200 years in the evangelizing human kind. Today the Oblates are working as missionaries around 200 countries involving in various ministries.
The History of St.Eugene Province India
At the request of Madras-Mylapore Arch Bishop Arulappa, Oblates from Srilanka namely Fr.Philip Stanislaus and Immanuel Mariampillai landed in the shores of Rameshwaram, the most southern part of India through a boat in the year 1968. Oblates took up Kanchipuram as the first Mission in India. They started their ministry to the poor people many people from India joined the congregation to serve the poor in the footsteps of the Founder Saint Eugene De Mazenod.
As the days passed by oblates took up many missions under the guidance of the delegation superiors Fr. Immanuel Mariampillai, Fr.Philip Stanislaus, Fr.Joseph Samarakone, Fr.Ambrose, Fr.Pathinathan, and Fr.Francis Nallappan.
In the year 2010 the Indian Oblate Delegation was raised as Province having the founder as patron and named St.Eugene Province. Fr. Francis Nallappan and Fr.Chinnappan sandhappan were the two succeeding provincials of the New province.
Today the oblates are serving in 8 states in India namely Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhrapradesh, Telengana, Maharastra, Assam and Megalaya.
The oblates are serving to the various needs the poor in India. As India is known for its various spiritual, Cultural practices and traditional worships the oblates were ready to persevere themselves and get trained to meet the Poor in many faces.