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Saint Marcellin Champagnat Chapel

20/06/2005: General House

During these last few years, there has been consistent renovation works being carried in the General House in Rome. The many brothers who have stayed in the General House, the General Council’s ‘See’, called to Rome for meetings, to follow courses or simply to visit the city of Rome in all its historical richness, have witnessed these changes. The only section that had not undergone a transformation was the chapel referred to as “the Superiors’ Chapel” due to its exclusive use by the General Council. So it was that in January 2002, the idea was born to transform this 1961 chapel so that it could respond better to today’s demands and sensitivities.
The Council entrusted Brother Ildefonso García de Longoria (Compostela) with the task of developing the project, but before proceeding with the work, the Council called on the generosity of several benefactors. And, while the project was realised rather quickly, the donors had to wait a little bit longer to see the results of their generosity. But finally the new “Saint Marcellin Chapel” was officially inaugurated on the 6th June 2005 with a simple ceremony.

As in the Photo collection and in the explanation given by Brother Ildefonso, this chapel is a collection of precious items from the time of Saint Marcellin: his altar, his statue of Our Good Mother, the reliquary, the painting of Saint Marcellin soon after his death and the stained glass windows depicting his life. There is now a harmony and beauty in their arrangement in this chapel that we did not have before.
It is true that Father Champagnat prayed as well in the woods of the Hermitage as he did in the streets of Paris, but in our time, to have a space where we can regularly go to draw living water has become a necessity rather than an option.

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