fr johnDomestic and family violence is most unfortunately a pervasive community issue that can affect anyone regardless of their social, economic, or cultural group – it does not discriminate. It often consumes families from the inside. St Eugene de Mazenod – our Oblate of Mary Immaculate founder – is in fact the patron saint of families in need. Rosies is a Ministry of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Originally part of the French nobility, St Eugene’s family fled France during the Revolution. Hit by financial distress and the instability of a refugee life the de Mazenod family was torn apart. As a result of his experience, St Eugene dedicated his life to those without the support of their families and especially the poorest of the poor.
The Oblates celebrate 200 years of St Eugene’s charism and daring this year. We invite you to celebrate too. Easter is also a time of renewal, a time of compassion and of understanding. We are invited at this time to reflect on our family lives. As Pope Francis asks us to ponder “In my home, do we yell, or do we speak with love and tenderness? This is a good way to recognise our love.”.

Fr John David
Rosies Chaplain