Letters of Marcellin – 144

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-10-19

Since he cannot satisfy Fr. Fanget because of the numerous requests pouring in at that time (see the following letters), Fr. Champagnat advises him to find some [brothers] elsewhere. Having been informed, no doubt during the interval, of Fr. Vernets prohibition, this is exactly what he did, according to Bro. Avits annals of this house (AFM 213.74). That very year in fact, he tells us, a Brother of Viviers went to teach in Serrières. This establishment would come back to us as a result of the fusion of the two congregations.

Father,

An establishment of our brothers in your parish would not be without interest for our society, since it would help centralize the other establishments we have in your vicinity, but I do not see how we could possibly send you brothers this year, nor even next year. If you cannot wait any longer, you would do well to find some elsewhere. We will always be glad to learn of the success of those who work for the education of youth. The harvest is so abundant that there are never enough workers. If, on the contrary, you maintain your intention of having our brothers, we will try to further your zeal as well and as soon as possible.

I am, Father, with profound respect, your most humble and most devoted servant,
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. 62, nº 66

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