Letters of Marcellin – 148

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-10-30

Without hesitation, Fr. Champagnat ordered the brothers in Peaugres and Boulieu to withdraw, and so informed the respective parish priests. Was he aware of the real reasons for the prohibition? We do not know. To him, that was not so important as submitting to the orders of the bishops and giving an example of perfect obedience. This would not prevent him from welcoming an eventual clearly-expressed counter-order.

N.D. de lHermitage, 30th October 1837

Father,

According to a letter from Fr. Vernet, superior of the Brothers of Viviers, to the archdiocese of Lyons, on behalf of the bishop of Viviers, our brothers would occasion an unpleasant clash in that diocese, one which would be a disgrace to religion; consequently, Fr. Vernet asks Fr. Cattet to tell His Lordship the archbishop, to forbid us to work in the diocese of Viviers. In the diocese of Lyons we have a great number of places impatiently waiting for our brothers. The vicars general, according to this letter, have already promised brothers from your parish to a mayor near Lyons who asked for them a long time ago. Besides the diocese of Lyons, the dioceses of Belly, Autun, Grenoble, Le Puy, Clermont (in a word, in every part of France) are asking for our brothers.

Our fundamental principle is to remain closely united to the episcopate. We are consequently hurrying to satisfy your worthy bishop, who, we do not doubt, has good reasons for acting thus. Please, Father, inform the mayor. You have to find yourself a schoolteacher. I would very much like to do otherwise. I am telling our brothers not to begin classes and not to make any plans unless your bishop gives a written authorization which can be presented to our archbishop.

I have the honor, etc….

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. 63, nº 67; éditée dans AAA pp. 224-225

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