Letters of Marcellin – 283

Marcellin Champagnat


For three years now, at around the same time of year (Cf. LL.
136, 212), Father PĂ©ala has asked for brothers for his boys school. Since the Founder never hears from him in between, he wonders if the parish priest has not changed his mind. This letter, together with the others, proves that on the contrary, he is sticking to his guns. Having decided to send brothers to Craponne (cf. L. 212), Fr. Champagnat can promise brothers for Tence the following year, so he will work specifically toward that goal, as we shall see in LL. 335 and 338.


Your letter arrived at just the right time for your establishment since we were no longer counting on it. This new request, coupled with all the others, has made us decide to promise you brothers definitely for All Saints of the coming year. We will take advantage of the first free moment to come visit your establishment.

In the meanwhile, I am, with much respect and devotedness….

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 I. p. 141, nº 178


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