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A new edition of Marist history from 1786 to 2009

24/06/2011: General House

During his service as Secretary General, Br Jean Ronzon co-ordinated the work of a team of qualified persons invited to draw up the work that has now been published. This new compilation of data developed from the first Chronology published on the occasion of the centenary of the Institute in 1917 and the subsequent edition of 1976. The present one will be referred to by the date of its publication. The “2010 edition” is a volume of 535 pages, printed in four colours, with tables and illustrations.

The information is distributed through six chapters with titles indicating the most significant stages in Marist history: 1. Before the foundation of the Institute up to 1816. Revolution and Empire: times of destruction and reconstruction (1789-1815). 2. Marcellin Champagnat and the Brothers in the Society of Mary project (1816-1840). 3. The work carried on by his disciples (1840-1903). 4. The Institute put to the test by global change (1903-1958). 5. From the Spirit of the Institute to Marist Spirituality (1958-1976). 6. Resistance, redistribution, deepening (1796-2009). The volume is completed by12 Appendices.

The text is divided into three columns for the year, with the corresponding information highlighted with a coloured band. Each year constitutes a section of its own, so that the information for each new year begins on a new page. Where the information occupies more than one page, a shaded fringe marks the continuity. The first column gives the date of the data presented. It may be a precise date or an approximate indication (during the holidays, at the end of the month of…, during the year, etc.). The central broader column is devoted to the description of the events presented in the work. This text may come from different sources, and for this reason, it has been fragmented in some cases so that the different provenances may be appreciated visually. And the third column displays the references and annotations of the sources providing the data. The rest of the work contains footnotes, photographs, and graphics complementing the information.

The edition is published in French. Following the criteria set by the General Council for the collection FMS Studia, whose works will be published in the language of the author, no translations into other languages are envisaged.

 600 copies of the edition have been printed. You can download the PDF here (PDF - 3 MB).



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