A Heart as Big as the World (4) - Exile Years

“We stayed in Nice for five months, then left for Turin on September 1791.”

“The College of Nobles where I was placed had just been entrusted to the Barnabite Fathers by King Victor Amadeus. These religious devoted themselves to giving a polished education to the children of the distinguished families entrusted to them. I was among the first to enter this college. “

“I stayed at the College just over three years. I studied properly, and was consistently at the top of my classes.”

“On May 2, 1794, my father hired a large boat on which he embarked with all his family, made up at that time of (1) my father; (2)my mother, (3) my great uncle Auguste André de Mazenod, archdeacon, vicar general of Marseilles; (4) my uncle Charles Fortuné de Mazenod; (5)my uncle Charles Louis Eugene de Mazenod, Chevalier of St. Louis; (6)my aunt Elizabeth; (7) my first cousin little Joseph Emile de Dons, Marquis of Pierrefeu; (8)Nanon, chambermaid of my mother, (9)my cousin’s nurse; (10)my sister and (11) myself. Many emigrés made the same decision, and asked my father permission to embark with us: among them were many priests. Never was travel had so cheaply. Thanks to my father’s graciousness, to whom the boat was hired, it cost only 15 livres from Piedmont, and likewise only 12 livres for the priests, who were judged to be poorer than the lay folk. The journey lasted twelve days, for every evening we would stop somewhere for the night until we arrived in Venice.”

 

(Writer: Father Henricus Asodo, OMI, from his animation slide presentation on the Founder of OMI "St. Eugene de Mazenod", Aix-en-Provence, France)

Eugene de Mazenod

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