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Marist Spirituality An Introduction – Part 3

Bugey Mountain Villages: 1825-29 A Contemporary Marist Writes “In the theology of the day, God was a demanding God of justice and atonement rather than a God of love and infinite mercy. The rigourist approach then in vogue in France was what Colin had learned at the seminary and one of its characteristics was either […]

The Cause of Fr Jean-Claude Colin

The work of Fr Jean Coste Fr Jean Coste SM gained his doctorate in theology at the Faculté Catholique in Lyons. In 1953 he went to Rome to begin higher studies in Scripture. He seemed set to begin a brilliant career as a biblical scholar, but in 1954, the Superior General of the Society of […]

MM 50 Years Ago

Sound Training for Island Brothers From Fr M Bransfield SM, Marist Training Centre, Tutu, Taveuni, Fiji: With the Brothers and aspirants now in class, things are at last taking shape here. We are aiming at a basic standard of education for our Brother trainees. The Government has recognised us as a junior secondary school. There […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 Forty years after he heard Mary’s call to form the Society of Mary, Jean-Claude Courveille wrote to Gabriel-Claude Mayet in February 1852. He gave this account of what he “heard” from Our Lady: “Here is what I want. I have always imitated my Divine Son in everything. I followed Him to […]

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 […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 The Cathedral town of Le Puy, with a population of about 19,000, is 140 km south-west of Lyons. The town is built in the crater of a volcano. Two volcanic plugs — puy, in French – rise over it. The chapel of Saint Michel D’Aguilhe, almost 1100 years old and 630 […]

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, […]

MM 50 Years Ago

Mission Sisters return to Samoa The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions have just returned to work in Samoa at the invitation of Bishop Pio SM. They will begin a new co-educational school in Savai’i next year. The first band of three Sisters is composed of Sisters M. Eugenia Gill, M. […]

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

Part 2 of 2 The Cathedral and Bishop Devie Work began on the Cathedral in the 12th century, the builders added a lofty Gothic chancel in the 1400s, and in 1835 the transformation into its present form began. In 1851 it was complete. For such a small town, it was an enormous building. Bishop Devie’s […]

The City of Lyons in Early Marist History (1)

The City of Lyons Early traces of settlement in the area of Lyons date from 12,000 BC. There is no evidence of continuous occupation until the Romans arrived, and the city was founded by Lucius Munatius Plancus in 43 BC. The first French martyrs, forty-eight of them, died for the faith on the hill of […]