Servant of God Victor Lelievre, OMI

Servant of God Victor Lelièvre

1876-1956

 

“A man in tune with God’s love”

 

Born in Brittany on 4th March 1876, he died in Quebec on 29 November 1956.

He was an imposing, strong man; broad shouldered and well built, his gait was somewhat heavy but firm. His head was round and seemed to rest directly on his shoulders. His small eyes were attentive and very lively. His voice was rather high-pitched but it exuded will-power and also gentleness and kindness. As with St John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, Victor was neither scholarly nor well-read, but it was evident that he was a man of God.

Victim of the religious persecution in France during the beginning of the century, this Breton, cast in a simple mould, left for Quebec in 1903. Immediately on his arrival he began preaching the Gospel - doing so aptly and sometimes inappropriately. A powerful orator, he knew how to bring to the fore the Oblate motto: “He sent me to evangelize the poor”. His profound faith enabled him to draw enormous crowds yearly and to have the whole of the city of Quebec “on the move” for procession on the feast of the Sacred Heart. Drawing inspiration from the Gospel that he knew in depth, he could hold the attention for hours of workers, youths, priests, cloistered nuns and others.

For twenty-five years every first Friday of the month, this apostle of the Sacred Heart succeeded in assembling for one hour of adoration nearly two thousand workers in dungarees or blue overalls - a remarkable achievement. In 1923 he founded the retreat house 'Jesus-the-Worker' where, until his death, he would meet thousands of men and youths. He had the talent to captivate them and to win them over to Jesus Christ - very often he would turn them into veritable apostles. An incomplete list reveals the names of 80 priests in whom he awakened the awareness of a vocation, about 30 men religious and more than 100 women religious. This was Victor Lelièvre: the man, the priest, the extraordinary Oblate.

 

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Servant of God Bishop Pierre Fallaize, OMI

Bishop Pierre Fallaize (1887-1964) was a pure-blooded Norman. He was born in Gonneville-sur-Honfleur (Calvados, France). Orphaned of father and mother, he entered the minor seminary of Lisieux in 1899.

He did his military service and upon being discharged, he followed the steps of his countryman, Bishop Arsène TURQUETIL, the legendary missionary bishop of the Polar Regions. He applied to enter the Missionary Oblates and, without awaiting a reply, presented himself at Bestin (Belgium) to begin his novitiate on 8 December 1906. He made his first vows on 25 December 1907 and was ordained a priest in 1912. The following year, he was sent to the polar missions of Mackenzie, considered then as the most difficult.

He was ordained a bishop on 13 September 1931 at the age of 44.

Eight years later, he had to submit his resignation because of almost total blindness which he accepted with heroic patience. The Inuit or Eskimos called him “Inúk Ilaranaikor” (the man who never gets angry).

He went back to his homeland and exchanged his episcopal crosier for the white cane of the blind and the “sled” of a guide-dog. For many years, he was a faithful confessor for the Carmelites and the many pilgrims that go to Lisieux: the Carmel and the basilica of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, his fellow country woman, friend and patron…these would be his new mission fields.

In his old age, he let himself be seduced by missionary nostalgia and he decided to go back to the North Pole where he would give his soul back to God three years later, in Fort Smith, on 10 August 1964. (Joaquín MARTÍNEZ VEGA)

(Source:  www.omiworld.org)

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HATI SELUAS DUNIA (14 - Tamat) - Kasih, Kasih, Kasih...

 

02 Oktober 1815, Eugenius membeli sebuah biara tua Karmel.  Ia kemudian mengundang sahabat-sahabat pertamanya: Icard, Tempier, Deblieu, Mie, Maunier.
25 Januari 1816, pendirian Misionaris Provence, sebuah komunitas misionaris untuk mewartakan Kabar Baik di wilayah Provence.
Bersama para sahabatnya, Eugenius bermisi ke Grans, Fauveau, Marignane, hingga Pengunungan Alpen.  Sebanyak lebih kurang 40 misi dilaksanakan sejak 1816-1823.
 

A Heart as Big as the World (13) - Alone Again

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: an Anglo-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt. The battle resulted in the end of Bonaparte's reign and of the First French Empire, and set a chronological milestone between serial European wars and decades of relative peace.

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A Heart as Big as the World (12) - Christian Youth Association

Stayed with Bro.Maurs in “L’enclos” and founding a Youth Congregation on april 25th, 1813.

St. Eugene de Mazenod worked for and with the Youth.  He visited the Austrian Prisoners in the Military prison in Caserne Forbin.

He got sick, very sick, and closed to death! ( March 1814).  The youth prayed for him before Our Lady of Grace.

 

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