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Father Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Marist Fathers

From Fr. John Hannan SM, Superior-General 2009-2017:
Father John Hannan, Society of MaryFr. Colin has a permanent and relevant message for us from his life and writings. My hope is that each of us can familiarize ourselves more with him as a spiritual teacher, deepening our grasp of his teachings and diffusing them among the people of God who are looking for a way to live the gospel today.

Who is Jean-Claude Colin?
Jean-Claude Colin SM was the founder of the Marist Fathers – priests and brothers of the Society of Mary. We invite to watch this video to learn more about our founder.

Born at the close of the 18th century in revolution-torn France, Jean-Claude was convinced that the Blessed Virgin wanted a group of men and women to do her work in the world at a time of turmoil and challenge.

Link to video Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin, by Fr Gaston Lessard (C)Cause of Beatification
We invite you to watch this video from the conference which Fr. Gaston Lessard SM gave recently for the members of the Canadian province, on the cause of beatification of our founder, Jean-Claude Colin.

Read more about the Cause for Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin>>

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From Our FounderJean-Claude Colin, Founder of the Society of Mary

‘We are now in the age of Mary. Yes, indeed, for this is an age of indifference, unbelief,
an age of crime, of false learning, of this earth… That is why in these last days she has
appeared with her hands stretched out towards the earth, with her hands full of rays,
which stand for graces, being poured forth upon men. What gratitude we show to Mary
for having chosen us to spread her Society comprising the three branches, because
Mary intends to cover the whole earth with her mantle.’
(FS 78:2)

WEEK 51
‘You are young priests, and before you there lies such a fine career, not only in Oceania,
but in France and in the countries around us, for the Society does not confine itself to
any place in particular. May God raise up from our midst apostolic men who are dead to
themselves and filled with the spirit of God, who see only his glory and who hold themselves in contempt.’
(FS 110:2)

WEEK 50
‘My dear confrères, now is the time for putting our souls in order, for adopting a line of conduct. The line we need to take does not entail a great deal, it is simple, it is easy. It can be summed up in a few words: meditation, particular examen, spiritual reading. I will guarantee the salvation of anyone who is faithful in making his meditation, his particular examen and his spiritual reading every day. The man who neglects them will be lost’
(FS 182:2)

WEEK 49
‘We must hold fast to the spirit which presided over the birth of the Society. Enquire further into it every day; you will only be good Marists in so far as you really put it into practice. And what is this spirit? It is the spirit of the Blessed Virgin, a spirit of modesty, of humility, of prudence, of simplicity, of discretion.’ (FS 190:1)

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