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Marist Notebook 31

 

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Special Edition “Lavalla”

16/05/2013: General House

Last month we published Marist Notebook 31, a special edition essentially devoted to Lavalla. Now we make it available here in our site. To introduce it you have here down the editorial written by Br.André Lanfrey, from the Patrimony Commission, responsible for producing the Marist Notebooks.

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Readers will observe that this edition is essentially devoted to Lavalla. This is a rather daunting subject because every Marist, during his formation, has learned about this cradle of the Institute; many writings have been published on the subject, and a great number of Brothers and Lay Marists have even visited the place.

To avoid repeating things already known, we saw two possible ways: to draw up a collection of completed works, or to try a different approach.

We have chosen the second course by working in some way on the periphery of Marist history. So we recall Lavalla and its region before the arrival of Champagnat, then the life of the community in its more physical aspects; and finally the problematic passage from Lavalla to l’Hermitage.

Br Louis Vibert, of the current community at Lavalla, is the link between the origins and today.

In these different articles, we make use in a more or less systematic way of the financial documents and various registers of taking of the habit and professions left by Fr Champagnat and made very accessible by the publication in 2011 of Origines des Frères Maristes by Br Paul Sester.

An article of Br Jean Roche on the portraits of Fr Champagnat flows naturally from Marist Notebooks No 29.

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