In many ways, Blessed Father Marie-Eugene OCD (1894-1967), can be considered as the embodiment of the spirit of the School of Mary. Jean Khoury, the Founder of the School of Mary, has very close ties in France with the Southern Province of the Discalced Carmelites, as he knew Fathers and Brothers who lived with Fr. Marie Eugene. Through them he benefited greatly from Fr. Marie Eugene, especially the latter’s great faithfulness to the daily two hours of Prayer of the Heart in Community. Jean Khoury’s Spiritual Master, Fr. Louis Guillet OCD (1902-1992), was a disciple and later companion of Bl. Fr. Marie Eugene.
Who is Blessed Marie Eugene?
Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus (2 December 1894 – 27 March 1967) – born Henri Grialou – was a French Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Discalced Carmelites of which he was a member since just after his ordination (24 February 1922). Fr. Marie-Eugene held several positions of leadership within his Order, and because of his responsibilities in Rome he travelled extensively visiting the different Carmelite convents and monasteries across the world. He founded the Secular Institute of Notre-Dame de Vie. He is also a noted spiritual author and wrote at great length on the Carmelite Doctors (see below his main opus: “I Want to See God”). He is considered amongst the most important authors of Spiritual Theology.
Fr. Marie-Eugene’s life was driven by his devotion to Carmelite Spirituality and to the spreading it with great zeal. His motto in life was “Traditus Gratiae Dei” (Surrendered to the Grace of God). He ensured that Carmelite teachings and its Spirituality was promoted amongst the faithful. He was beatified on 19 November 2016 in Avignon, France. (read more) A video on Bl. Marie Eugene.
Reading and Studying “I Want to See God” In London, UK.
His two-volume great work “I Want to See God” and “I Am A Daughter of the Church” is a very important book offering a synthesis of Carmelite Spirituality, taking into consideration all the advances of his time in different fields (psychology, ecclesiology,..). In many ways the book itself is prophetic, although future generations may be the ones to fully benefit from it. Exploration will reveal its treasures. The book is a practical teaching and embraces great vistas on the Church and the World. He takes us from the beginning of the spiritual journey to its end, which is the fullness of Love – a tremendous advantage over other similar books. One can constantly see, throughout the opus, that he knows his subject by personal experience, his book oozes this experience of God. Many personal observations dot the text so that the modern reader can readily identify with it. Fr. Marie-Eugene is a true disciple of the Prophet Elijah, is a true Prophet of our times and for generations to come. A great Carmelite Saint!
In London UK, this year (2019-2020) we are exploring various chapters of this amazing work. Reading and Studying “I Want to See God”. To watch the videos, please see the link here.
Leaflet (click here).
Blessed Fr. Marie-Eugène pray for us!