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The St Peter Chanel Shrine, Cuet, France

Text and photos by the editor unless otherwise indicated When Peter Chanel was born on 12 July 1803, the church in Cuet had been deconsecrated, having been ransacked during the Revolution. So Peter was baptised in the village of Cras four days after his birth. The parish of Cuet was re-established only in 1847, so […]

Remembering the New Zealand Marist Chaplains of World War One

Fr Segrief was the first NZ Catholic Chaplain to serve in World War One and saw service throughout the whole war.

An All Souls’ Day Mass: Selle, France, 1917

At the request of the Bishop of Arras, Monsignor Julien, Fr Adolphe Roger described events and activities within the parish of Selle during World War One. In his report, mention was made of the presence of New Zealand troops and an All Souls’ Day Mass in November 1917. 1 Fr Jean Barra SM described the service […]


Young lay Marists Dare to Dream in France A sense of expectation is rising amongst young lay Marists around the world as they begin the count down to the International young Marist meeting in Lyon, France. More than 400 from the four branches of the Marist family will attend the 17-23 July event. New Zealand’s Jen Martinez […]

September Saints

Saint John Gabriel Perboyre (1802-1840) John Gabriel Perboyre was born in Montgesty, France, in 1802, into a family which gave three other religious to the Church. John’s younger brother, Louis, felt called to the seminary, and John was asked to accompany him to help him adjust.  Like his uncle and brother, Peter joined the Vincentians […]

November Saints

Saint Leonard Murialdo  (1828-1900) Born to a wealthy, pious family, Leonard studied at the University of Turin, and the College of Saint Sulpice in Paris, France, before being ordained in 1851. After studies in France, he returned to Italy to take the assignment of provisional director of an impoverished college for young working men. He […]

Can You Bear It?

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an plane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.” The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would […]

Saturday 28 April

St Peter Chanel SM Acts 13:44-52; Ps 96; John 15:12-17 Beware growing mouldy Peter, (and many other Marist missionaries to the Pacific), came from isolated little pockets of rural France very limited in their contact with the wider world. In spite of this they had a great sense of mission to foreign lands at a […]

Notre Dame de France

Leicester Square, London. Place of refuge and worship. by the Editor Hidden amid the theatres and thronging crowds of Leicester Square, London, is a Church which is a landmark building and a centre of ministry by the Marist Fathers and their associates. It is the main French language church for the city, but caters for […]

New Eve Tapestry – Notre Dame de France, London

JUNE EDITION – This month we celebrate the recent beatification of Pope John-Paul II, and reflect that we live in an extraordinary age of saints and martyrs. The Editor then gives us a personal tour of a French church in the middle of London’s theatre district. The beautiful tapestry shown here being one of its […]