About Saint Eugene de Mazenod
Saint Eugene was born on August 1, 1782 in the Aix-en-Provence, France. His birth name was Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod. Saint Eugene’s parents were an aristocratic family who left France during the Revolution.
Saint Eugene spent his childhood in Italy, but returned to France and was ordained a priest in 1811. He died on May 21, 1861 in Marseille, France.
Saint Eugene de Mazenod Founder
Saint Eugene founded the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1816. Saint Eugene founded this order to help revive the Catholic Church after the French Revolution. Today the Oblates of Mary Immaculate serve the poor from around the world. Saint Eugene’s order is known for its missionaries and teaching. The religious order of Saint Eugene de Mazenod has grown to over 4000 Oblates around the globe.
The Saint Eugene medal and the Saint Eugene necklace are very popular religious gifts for children named Eugene or Gene and for those who are working with the poor or teaching children.