Letters of Marcellin – 046

Marcellin Champagnat

1834-09

There are two possible hypotheses which could explain this letter. Either Fr. Champagnat is answering a letter from Fr.
Charles Chirat, who had asked him to leave one brother at the school during the vacation; or else the Founder wants to fore-
stall a repetition of what had happened the year before (cf. the end of this letter). In any case, this letter informs us about a custom dating from the beginning of the Institute.

Dear Father,

Our custom, which has the force of rule, is that at the end of the school year our brothers return to the motherhouse. We open schools only on that condition. Until now, no one has challenged this practice. We need to have all our brothers with us during that month or so, in order to talk together about the […] the success of each establishment. We have an overall examination to make, and an infinite number of things to settle, which we can do only in the presence of all our subjects. I beg you, Father, not to oppose our brothers obeying in this matter. Last year, the brother in Neuville missed his retreat, which scandalized all his confrères.

Edition: Translation from: Lettres de Marcellin J. B. Champagnat (1789-1840) Fondateur de l?Institut des Frères Maristes, présentés par Frère Paul Sester,1985.

fonte: Daprès la minute autographe, AFM, 132.1, p. 44

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