(Oblates of Mary Immaculate). Soc. of priests and laymen leading a common life, formed 1816 by Charles Joseph Eugène de Mazenod (17821861) to repair the havoc of the Fr. Revolution. Tries to influence rural and industrial populations through missions and retreats that inculcate devotion to the Sacred Heart and to Mary as a supernatural means of regeneration. Fosters young men's assocs., Cath. clubs, etc., and has many institutions of learning, including industrial and reform schools.
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