The Orgin of my charism has the root in the life of St. Eugene De Mazenod. As a seminarian, I loved to read his life history intensively. His love and compassion towards the poor and needy touched me very much. As a young boy, moved with pity offered his cloak to a poor charcoal worker is still vivid in my memory. Later, as a priest, he took great care of the orphans and natured them. A deep desire arose within me to live like founder
When my non-christian parents became Christians, their close relatives abandoned them and all the helps were denied. My parents with six children lived in utter poverty. At this juncture, providence played a great role in my life. An unknown Australian lady adopoted me and rendered her selfless help till her death. I was very much haunted by a thought, that is “I was helped in my need and it is my turn to help others in their need”. From that time onwards, I
realized my vocation to serve those who are in need.
My opportunity came when I met orphans in Bangalore. Moved with compassion, I wanted to help them. I tried in the orphanages and boarding schools but none of them came forward to accept and help them. My one week of tireless search became vain. I was deeply hurt by the children’s utter helplessness.
A voice within impelled me to start a society to help the helpless. Without any pre-planning, trusting the providence of god and guidance of mother mary, heeding to the call, ventured to fulfill my vision. Hence the society of St. Eugene De Mazenod was born. There is a ray of hope for the million of helpless children to find home in the society.
Very Rev. Fr. Gerard Francis OMI