Letters of Marcellin – 103

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-03-21

We know that when Fr. Champagnat was still a boy, he made a pilgrimage to La Louvesc with his mother, to recommend his vocation to St. John Francis Regis. That may be why he sounds so enthusiastic in this letter.

Father Rigaud, superior of the Jesuit community in La Louvesc, was also parish priest there. He had already contacted Fr. Champagnat in October 1836, as he reminded him in his letter of 10th March 1837. He added that, The house built for the brothers is not ready yet. It was well enclosed before the winter, but the interior is not finished yet; work will begin on it right after Easter. But that should not prevent you, Rev. Father, from sending us your brothers as soon as you can, since we will be more than happy to have them live in our house.... These brothers will be of great help to us in our church during the whole pilgrimage season.

Despite this positive attitude and a second letter from Fr. Rigaud on 6th November 1837, he would never have the satisfaction of having Marist Brothers in his school.

Father Superior,

We are very interested in establishing our brothers in La Louvesc. How pleased we would be to see our subjects near the tomb of St. RĂ©gis, working for the glory of God and the salvation
of souls, under the direction of the esteemed Jesuit Fathers. It is very upsetting to us that we cannot fill your request. Your establishment is already entered in our register, and we are very determined do to all we can to serve you as soon as possible.

May we recommend the Society of Mary in a special way to the prayers of the Society of Jesus. Please accept the homage of profound respect and total devotion with which I have the honor to be, Father Superior, your most humble and obedient servant,

Champagnat
Sup. M.B.

N.D. de lHermitage, 21st March 1837

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. 36, nº 25; éditée dans CSG I, p. 221

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