2023-06-07 GENERAL HOUSE

Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat

Brothers and lay people from all parts of the world have celebrated these days the feast of the Founder of the Marist Institute, Saint Marcellin Champagnat, who died on June 6, 1840. Also in the General House, brothers and lay people have gathered for the celebration, on Tuesday, at 6:00 PM.

Present at the ceremony were religious from the four Branches of the Marist Family, the brothers of the community of San Leone Magno, the brothers of the Gier ongoing formation program, the participants of the Formation Program for International and Intercultural Communities, the brothers of the communities of the General House, the General Council, and the laity of the General House, accompanied by some relatives.

The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Superior of the Marist Fathers, Fr. John Larsen, and was concelebrated by the chaplains of the General Administration, Fr. Ricardo Morales and Fr. Luis Alfredo Serna Gómez. Referring to Champagnat, Fr. John stressed that Marcellin had a special relationship with Mary, the “Woman full of Spirit, of love”, and he wanted the Marists to share the charism of Mary, the “vocation of Mary”.

In his speech, Br. Ernesto Sánchez, Superior General, thanked all the Marist brothers and lay people for their presence and collaboration. Referring to Champagnat’s charism, he mentioned that “Marcellin is a gift from the spirit. A gift to the church and to the world. It is a gift that gives us life, and that we are invited to keep it alive and share it”. Brother Ernesto reminded the Marists of Champagnat of the message he gave on the occasion of the feast of Saint Marcellin, where he mentioned that “we are part of it. Our story began with a young priest, just 27 years old, who was able to read the signs of the times, discern the promptings of the Spirit, and forge ahead with a creative response”.

At the conclusion of the celebration, the entire Marist family shared a fraternal dinner together to celebrate the gift of life of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

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Live of the Celebration at the Generalate – YouTube -18:00 (Rome)


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