Letters of Marcellin – 084

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-01-18

Since Fr. Pierre Frogets letter has not been preserved, we do not know why he needed information about this young man from St-Maurice-en-Gourgois. Since there is no mention of him in our registers of entries or professions, we may conclude that he was not received at the Hermitage as a candidate. He must have been an orphan, for we know that Fr. Champagnat had taken in a number of them, like the Berne boy who later became Bro. Nilamon (cf. Life, pp. 511-513).

Father and worthy Parish Priest,

The name of the young man from St-Maurice-en-Gourgois whom we received into our house and of whom you speak in your kind letter, is Claude Le Sage. We were very satisfied with him the whole time he stayed with us and we have nothing but good things to say about him on the score of religion and morality. His departure from our house even surprised us, but we attributed it to some bad advice.

We cannot give you any information about him since that time, since we do not know where he is nor what he is doing. If I run across anyone who might be helpful to you on that score, I will be pleased to put them in touch with you as you wish.

Champagnat

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, AFM, RCLA 1, p. 25, nº 6

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