Letters of Marcellin – 138

Marcellin Champagnat


Now that he knows the thinking of the new parish priest (cf. LL.
117 and 133), Fr. Champagnat shows himself to be very interested in sending brothers to Amplepuis. However, due to lack of manpower and the fact that the house will not be ready by November, he does not think he can send them this year, although he offers some hope for the following year.

Dear Father and respected Parish Priest,

Now that we officially know your intentions and those of the large parish which has so wisely been entrusted to you, we will act accordingly. I am very eager to meet you and the worthy Fr. De Pomey. I cannot leave here for a moment while the brothers are coming in and during their brief stay at the motherhouse, but immediately after their departure I will hurry to visit you and will be at your orders.

Our greatest desire is to provide solid and religious instruction in the towns which do us the honor of inviting us. It would be absolutely impossible for us to give you brothers this year. Besides, there would not be enough time to make the repairs required by an establishment of brothers in such a large town as that which has been entrusted to you.

Please accept the assurance of the respect with which I have the honor to be, Father, your devoted,


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. 59, nº 60


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