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Fr Colin’s Cause

A Long and Winding Road Part 2 of 3 1910-1940 In 1910, the promotion of the Cause began again. The work that had been done under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Lyons now had to be re-done under Vatican jurisdiction. This is called the ‘apostolic process’, which continued until 1921, and brought nothing new […]


Fr Jean-Claude Colin’s Fama This issue of the magazine sees the beginning of a series of articles to do with the fama sanctitatis – the reputation for holiness – of the Founder of the Society of Mary, Fr Jean-Claude Colin. The first of these articles can be found here or on page 8 of the […]

Fr Colin’s Cause – A Long and Winding Road

Part 1 of 3 Compiled by the Editor This article, and those following in August and September, is based on the work of Fr Ronald Nissen SM in his Chronology of the Cause for Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin, and from his article in the MM in March 2018. Fr Ron writes, “I am especially grateful […]

Disciple of Her Son: Mary in the Life of the Church

Disciple of Her Son: Mary in the Life of the Church Part 1 of 2 In particular, Fr Colin, the Founder of the Society of Mary, drew inspiration from Mary’s presence and activity in the early Church. But how could he do this? As we have seen, after the mention of Mary among the disciples […]

Disciple of Her Son: Mary in the Life of the Church

The Society of Mary Part 1 of 2 In the early morning hours of 23 July 1816, twelve young men made their way on foot from the diocesan seminary of St Irenaeus across the Saône River and up the Montée Saint-Barthélemy to the top of the hill of Fourvière which overlooks the city of Lyon, […]

The Town of Belley in the Early History of the Society of Mary

Part 1 of 2 Introduction Belley was and is a cathedral town, the see of the Diocese of Belley, now the Diocese of Belley-Ars. Founded as a diocese in the 5th century and disestablished during the French Revolution, it was restored as a diocese in 1823. Tradition has it the Belley became Christian in the […]

The Bugey – in Early Society of Mary History – (Part 1 of 2)

The Bugey The Bugey region is part of the range of mountains in eastern France between Lyons and Geneva. It is situated in a loop of the Rhone River in the southeast of the Department of Ain. It was in this region that Marists conducted missions in 27 parishes, some of which had no priest […]

The Town of Cerdon in Early Society of Mary History

by the Editor Fr Jean-Claude Colin at Cerdon The town of Cerdon was a journey of some 20 hours from Lyons by stage coach in Fr Colin’s time. The town is about 70 kilometres north-east of Lyons, and much the same distance south-west of Geneva. Since Roman times the road between Lyons and Geneva, important […]

Jean-Claude Colin, Reluctant Founder 1790-1875

By Justin Taylor SM A Great Book about a Great Man The 2009 General Chapter of the Society of Mary instructed the General Administration “to explore the possibility of re-opening the cause of the beatification of Jean-Claude Colin.” A scholarly biography is part of the response to that remit. The then Superior General, Fr John […]

Icon: Our Lady of Tenderness

Icon of Our Lady of Tenderness, She who points the way, was commissioned in 2012 “for the work of Mary” AMDG & DGH and is privately owned. It was written at the Studio of John the Baptist, Auckland, New Zealand – www.sacredart.co.nz and was blessed and anointed for grace, healing and blessing. The Icon is available […]