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Saint Marcellin Champagnat on the “Road of Divine Graces”

 

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The Founder’s statue finds its place along the route of the pilgrims

27/06/2008: Brazil

On June 7, the day after the Founder’s feast day, a procession took place which served to establish a point of reference for the Founder of our Institute. The point in question was along a pilgrimage route called “Road of Divine Graces,” located in the city of Canela in southern Brazil. The route is dotted with small chapels to various saints, the chapels having been set up on the initiative of the people of the locality. Now Marcellin’s chapel is among those on the route. The following groups took part in the procession: the school community of the Marist school, María Inmaculada; the Brothers; parents of the students; former students; and city authorities.

Following the blessing of the statue, a Mass was celebrated during which one spoke of the example given by Father Champagnat during his lifetime. After the Mass, light refreshments were taken in a convivial atmosphere at the Brothers residence in Canela. The occasion served to celebrate at one and the same time Saint Marcellin’s feast day and the opening of the chapel.

The Road of Divine Graces first took shape at the end of the year 2006 and ended up being both a touristic and religious site in Canela. At the beginning, each family was offered a saint to choose, and then took the responsibility of setting up a chapel in honor of the saint in question. Now one finds more than fifty little chapels which mark the seven kilometer route. In each chapel, a plaque is to be found which bears the name of the chapel builders and their photograph. In addition, one finds the date of the saint’s feast day as well as a short prayer to respond to the devotion of those who visit the chapel.

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