Letters of Marcellin – 129

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-08-09

After writing to Fr. Cattet (L. 124), Fr. Champagnat also asks the parish priest of Perreux for a delay, since a letter from Fr. Pinchon, his curate, which has not been preserved, has informed him that it is impossible for the parish, in the three months remaining before the beginning of the school year, to acquire a building which can suitably house the brothers and their students.

Father,

A few days ago we received a letter from Fr. Pinchon, your curate, in which he informed us of the steps you are taking for the establishment of our brothers in your parish. We cannot remain unmoved by your zeal and that of the esteemed persons who have become involved in this good work. However, it does not seem possible to us to give you brothers for All Saints. A little later, around Easter time, if everything were ready, we would try to send them to you. Perhaps this brief delay would not be disadvantageous to you, since it would give you time to put your school on a solid footing, which is very important, especially when an establishment is just beginning; for the first impressions it gives can be changed later on only with great difficulty. You would be spending a lot of money both to lodge them and to repair a house which could not hold even half the children and which would be a purgatory for both teachers and students. I do not know a single one in Perreux which might be suitable.

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. 51; nº 49

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