Letters of Marcellin – 290

Marcellin Champagnat


After Fr. Champagnats last letter to Fr. Sallanon, the latter had come to the Hermitage for the second time to assure the Founder that the conditions set forth had been fulfilled. The Founder sends Bro. Antoine-RĂ©gis, the designated director, to take care of the last details, without waiting for the town council to agree to the requirements established in a document he sent them through the parish priest. Everything has to be in order for 1st November, so that the opening of classes will not be delayed.

The copy does not give the day of the month. We may presume that since the letter was to be carried by the Brother Director, the Founder was tactful enough not to impose on him a specific day for making the trip.


The Brother Director of your establishment is leaving for Craponne today, to discuss with you the making of the furniture. He will send us the list of everything you would like to have purchased in St-Etienne, both books and kitchen equipment. We will take care of making the purchases and the brothers who will be his assistants will bring everything with them.

Please be good enough to present the document we gave you to your town council, so that we can have their approval in writing. The Brother Director will at the same time present the necessary documents to obtain his ministerial appointment.

As soon as we have received the approval of your town council, the other brothers will go to Craponne for the opening of school. If the meeting of the town council cannot be held immediately, and it becomes necessary to delay the classes because of that fact, we leave it to your prudent judgment to reach an agreement with those gentlemen so that their consent be given to us in writing in one form or another.


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, pp. 143-144, nº 183


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