Letters of Marcellin – 336

Marcellin Champagnat


As far back as 11th October 1837 (L. 43) Bishop Devie had asked for three brothers for Nantua. On 18th April 1838, the parish priest himself had reminded Fr. Champagnat of his commitment and informed him about the stage preparations had reached (L. 189). The bishop repeated his request for the same parish on 4th January 1839 (L. 239). There had been no further exchange of letters since that date, since Fr. Champagnat wrote only when necessary, but the foundation in Nantua was still in his plans. It appears that everything could be ready for the beginning of classes in 1840, and that was in fact when our brothers did open that school.


You found the right way to obtain brothers surely and promptly, that of endowing your school and making it a free one. As good is done much better in establishments with that sort of foundation, we always prefer them over others and it is our policy to favor them in a special way. I strongly hope you can reach an agreement with the sub-prefect, as well as with the mayor. We know from experience that things always go better when our establish-
ments are well regarded by the civil authorities, and it is our custom not to begin them until we have obtained their agreement. I have no doubt that you will do all you can to work together with the sub-prefect and the mayor, and to interest them in your work.

So it is agreed that, since the building is ready, the money for the furnishings guaranteed, and the free nature of the school established, we will send you the brothers next All Saints. We will have someone visit your house in the course of the summer and we will arrange to having the furnishings made.

Accept the assurance of the respectful devotedness with which, etc….

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. 185, nº 231


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