Letters of Marcellin – 167

Marcellin Champagnat


This letter stands in contrast to others of the same type, because of Fr. Champagnats haste to satisfy the mayor of Couzon. Many others found themselves faced with delays, but he, on the contrary, receives a firm promise for All Saints. We do not know any reason which might justify the preferential treatment he was given. It is all the more surprising then, that the matter was not followed up, again for reasons we do not know, apart from an allusion by the Founder in his letter of the following 15th March, to Bro. François (L. 179).


The answer to your letter has been a bit delayed since, out of our very sincere desire to live up to the confidence of which you give us such constant proof, we wanted to check again to see if there were not some way to send you brothers at least at Easter, but all our rearrangements still did not offer us any resources. Just the other day we had to replace several of our brothers who had fallen ill, so that we cannot see any possibility of filling your request this year, but you can count on them for next All Saints.

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. 76, nº 8


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