St. Eugene de Mazenod is the founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, whose primary ministry is to the poor and marginalized. The experience of the French Revolution, of life being turned upside down, going from a life of privilege to refugee status, and the reality of his broken family, brought him close to the people he dedicated his life and ministry to. His compassionate heart lives on today in the Oblate approach to the ministry: “We will always be close to the people with whom we work, taking into account their values and aspirations… we strive to bring all people – especially the poor – to full consciousness of their dignity as human beings and as sons and daughters of God.” Saint Eugene de Mazenod is a patron and intercessor for the poor, inner-city youth and families that face various difficulties and challenges in life.
The DOOR is the symbol of openness, welcome and hospitality. Since the arrival of the Oblates to St. Patrick parish in 2012, the “door ministry” is a response to the immediate need of our less fortunate parishioners and beyond in the heart of the city of Hamilton. The social teaching of the Church gives preferential option to the poor. Concrete actions are based on the corporal acts of mercy, specifically “to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty” as well as the first commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:35-40)
The “door ministry” is only the first step in addressing the causes of the poverty in our neighborhood. Our Friday open Gym program offers Youth an opportunity to gather off the streets, in a safe environment. Our goal is to help alleviate poverty in the heart of the city of Hamilton as we co-operate with the Diocese, schools, civil authorities, police and other social agencies.