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140th anniversary

Nov 15, 2015 marks the 140th anniversary of the death of Jean-Claude Colin at La Neylière, France.

Alert until hours before his passing, Fr Colin was well prepared for his death, having received the sacraments of Anointing and Viaticum in previous days.

Almost exactly a year before he had received permission from his successor, Superior-General, Fr Julien Favre, to take a vow of stability in his beloved Society of Mary which he did on Nov 18, 1874.

Images below show the grounds of La Neylière where he was initially buried, then in the chapel constructed soon after his death, and finally in the Pentecost Chapel with its recently refurbished tombstone.  


Above: The room and bed in which Fr Colin died on Nov 15, 1875.  Below: The grounds of La Neylière, little changed over the years, in which he was first interred.




Above: Fr Colin's frail signature on his document of vow of stablility, Nov 18, 1874.  Below: Resting place of Fr Colin in the chapel constructed after his death. |  The crucifix said to have been held by Fr Colin as he died. 



Above: New tombstone, 2015.    Below: La Neylière under winter snow. 



Nov 15, 2015