The village of Cerdon, in the northern Bugey mountains
Detail: Official icon of Jean-Claude Colin, with Blessed Virgin and Child
Barbery: Cross on the site of the Colin home
Forest of Barbery: hiding place for priests during Revolutionaries' raids - and of quiet for the young Jean-Claude
St Bonnet-le-Troncy, boyhood home of Jean-Claude Colin
River Loire, which flows past the minor seminary of St Jodard
Lyon, Fourvière: ancient chapel of the Blessed Virgin and Basilica
Fourvière: sanctuary of the ancient chapel of the Blessed Virgin.
Cerdon: Fr Colin's first appointment as assistant to his brother, Pierre.
Cerdon: statue in the church of St John the Baptist
Presbytery at Cerdon: home for the first nine years of Jean-Claude's priestly life.
Belley: Minor seminary high school where pioneer Bugey missioners lived
Bugey mountains: village of Lacoux
Bugey mountains: church at Innimont
Bugey mountains: church at Innimont
Bugey mountains: statue at Arandas
Rome: The Quirinale, residence of the Popes at the time of Fr Colin's first visits
Rome: Odescalchi Palace, from the church of the Apostles where Fr Colin stayed in 1833
Belley: Chapel of La Capucinière, first Marist professions, 1836
Lyon, Puylata: General House of the Society of Mary from 1838
Rochefort du Gard: one of the shrines undertaken by Fr Colin and the Marists
Toulon, La Seyne: One of the first high schools established by the Marist Fathers
Marcellange: established by Fr Colin as a place of retreat for his missioners
Trappist monastery at Aiguebelle: Fr Colin would make private retreats here
La Neylière: planned by Fr Colin to be a place of silence and retreat
La Neylière: book belonging to Fr Colin
La Neylière: Fr Colin's study
La Neylière: winter sunset, from the room of Fr Colin
La Neylière: bedroom of Fr Colin
La Neylière: crucifix laid in the hands of Fr Colin upon his death
La Neylière: resting place of Fr Colin

The Postulators


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The postulator of the Cause for Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin is Italian Marist, Fr Carlo Maria Schianchi.
Fr Carlo-Maria is a Marist religious of the Province of Europe who after serving in a variety of ministries (parish, missionary work in Latin-America, the formation of young Marists) was appointed general archivist of the Marist Fathers in 1998.
In 2011 he was appointed 'postulator-general' for the causes of saints of the Marists Fathers.


The postulator is a representative of the community of the faithful, in this case of the Society of Mary, before the competent authority. He deals with the causes of beatification or canonization before a diocesan tribunal or before the Congregation of the Causes of Saints of the Holy See collaborating with them in the search for truth.
Practically speaking, the postulator with the help of experts gathers and prepares all the documentation necessary for the diocese where a cause of beatification is opened. In the case of Fr Colin the diocese is Lyons.
The documentation consists of a biography of the servant of God which gathers the principal aspects of his virtues, the collected published and unpublished writings of the servant of God, and if in the writings show theological or historical problems the postulator submits these to experts in theology or history.
The postulator also prepares a list of witnesses to present at the beginning of the process, and he writes the request to present to the bishop for the introduction of the cause or its reopening in the case where it was interrupted.
He follows with attention and dedication the cause into its initial diocesan phase and later in its Roman phase.
The first step is to determine the reputation for holiness of the servant of God and if he has lived the virtues heroically. This is followed by the writing of a positio (a dossier) which gathers together the testimonial and documentary proof , and any evidence which dispels possible doubts about the heroic character of the virtues (faith, hope, charity, justice, fortitude, temperance, and prudence).
To complete the process, i.e. to arrive at the beatification, a miracle which has come about through the intercession of the servant of God is necessary to confirm the work done by men and women.

Father Carlo-Maria's article in 'Forum Novum', Jan 2013, 'Causa Colin - Yesterday & Today'
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Upon his designation by the Superior General, Fr Bernard Thomasset (France) was appointed as Vice-Postulator of the cause of Fr Colin by the Postulator General, Fr Carlo Maria Schianchi, in Jan 2013.
Fr Bernard's task is to represent the Postulator General before the curia of the Archdiocese of Lyons and other curias in France during the preliminary stages of the beatification process.
In Jul 2020 Fr Bernard accepted the completed historical report from experts in the Archdiocese for forwarding to Rome.