Every Holy Thursday as the Church celebrates the memory of the Last Supper for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate it is also the memorial of the first vows St Eugene and Fr Tempier his first companion made to each other. Presumably they made the vow of obedience to each other. Although none of them explained that latter but we can find it out from the way Eugene obeyed Fr Tempier. Although St Eugene de Mazenod was in charge of the Oblate Congregation until his death in 1861 he would listen to Fr Tempier when the latter foe example would order him to go away to have some rest. Eugene would get furious but h would go obediently. Those first vows weren’t simply a commitment of two friends, though Eugene and Fr Tempier became good friends, but a means of unity Eugene wanted to have in his community.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest