Letters of Marcellin – 212

Marcellin Champagnat

1838-08-26

The preceding year (L. 136), the Founder had been inclined to send brothers to Tence as soon as possible, and the parish priest was no doubt counting on it. As the end of the school year drew near, he must have renewed contact by means of a letter we do not have, no more than we do his previous ones. But since his last letter, there had been the matter of Craponne, and the letter from Bishop de Bonald forbidding the Founder to send brothers to Tence before Craponne (cf. L. 192, note 2). At first glance, this second letter is less enthusiastic than the first (L. 136) and refers to preparations to be made beforehand. However, the fact that Fr. Champagnat, according to this letter, has still not visited the place, shows that the greatest obstacle is really the lack of brothers, especially if he is going to have to send some to Craponne first.

Father,

I do not believe it will be possible for us to give you brothers for next All Saints; besides, you know that His Lordship the bishop of Le Puy is opposed to our opening your establishment before the one in Craponne.

As it is essential that the rooms be renovated and laid out in conformity with our teaching methods, I believe you would do well, before undertaking the renovations, to wait until we have been there.

Be assured, Father, that we will not forget your establishment and that we are ready to make every effort to serve you as soon as possible.

Please accept the esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be, Father, your most humble and most obedient 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. 99, nº 114

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