many years as a missionary and rector of the seminary in Cameroon, Fatherr Jo OMI, a French Oblate who straight after his ordination as priest went to Africa as a missionary and later worked in seminaries in Cameroon and in France, Brother Benoît OMI, originally from Belgium who worked in Belgiem, France and Africa, Father Joe OMI, an American Oblate who devoted his life to studying the life of St Eugene de Mazenod, for many years he worked as a Professor of Spirituality at various universities, and Father Asodo OMI, an Indonesian Oblate who was in charge of the Oblate Seminary in Indonesia.
The community provides pastoral care for the Youth of the area, particularly for the University students. A part of the Oblate Convent in Aix is turned into rooms for the young people who at a reasonable price can rent it. During their University years they live in close association with the Oblates developing not only their professional skills but their faith and humanity too. The convent garden is also opened a few days a week for high school pupils to provide them safe space for lunch when they can get support and friendship.
The Oblate church is also known for regular confession times. Three days a week an Oblate is available for hearing confession all day long. People of Aix value this ministry and keep the Oblates busy by coming for confessions.
However the most important ministry of the Oblate Community here is providing hospitality and spiritual sessions on St Eugene de Mazenod and the history of the Congregation to the Oblates from all parts of the world who come to Aix to renew themselves in the Oblate charism here in the place where our Oblate story began.