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

Seeking graces

Our Church believes that the Saints in Heaven intercede for those of us on earth.
In the process of seeking Beatification and Canonisation of a holy person, we seek graces from God through the intercession of that person.
Marists, their families and friends seek the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin. 
Postulator of Fr Colin's Cause, Fr Carlo-Maria Schianchi SM, advises: 'Do not necessarily ask for a miracle through the intercession of Fr Colin. Ask, rather, for graces.'
Sometimes in God's kindness the grace may be miraculous.
Throughout the world a growing number of people are seeking graces through the intercession of Fr Colin.
On this page are some of those people and the graces they are seeking.
Let us pray for them through the intercession of Fr Colin...


Hannah Bennett     |    Fr Lou Molloy SM     |     Fr Pat Muckian SM     |     Alexia Bourron     |     Sr Jhorna Gomes SMSM     |     Anthony de Salis   |     Sr Nanise Dengei SOLN     |     Fr Justin Taylor SM


Sosaia Vaka SM, RIP     |      Fr Myles Moriarty SM, RIP


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Hannah Bennett

Hannah (22) lives in Sydney, Australia.
In August 2017 Hannah (then 20) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
With our Marist Family, her family seeks the grace of healing for Hannah through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.
For updates from Hannah click here.  To download the bookmark prayer, click here.
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Fr Lou Molloy SM

Fr Lou is a Marist of the Australian Province, living in Ballina, NSW. Following a diagnosis of advanced cancer in mid-2020, Fr Lou seeks the graces of courage, peace of mind and body and of understanding what the Lord is asking of him at this stage of his journey. 
He remarks: 'The more I learn abour Fr Colin, the more I am impressed by his compassionate nature, and I am seeking these graces through his intercession.'
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Fr Pat Muckian SM

Fr Pat serves in the Marist Mission District of Asia and is based in the southern province of Mindanao. He is presently in his native Ireland beginning several months of chemotherapy (Oct 2020).
With his confrères throughout the world he seeks the grace of successful treatment, through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.
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Alexia Bourron 

Alexia is a staff member of the La Verpillière campus of Saint-Marie, Lyon, France, where she has worked for fourteen years as a Human Resources Manager.
After an initial diagnosis and treatment some years ago, there has been a recurrence of cancer.
The school staff, her family and the Marists of Lyon pray for her recovery and a spirit of confidence for Alexia. They do this through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.

'Alexia travaille dans l’établissement depuis 14 ans comme responsable des ressources humaines. Atteinte d’un premier cancer, elle s’est battue courageusement en même temps qu’elle vivait une situation difficile dans sa famille. Elle nous est revenue et la maladie reprend, plus fortement. Nous prions pour elle bien sûr pour sa guérison, mais aussi pour qu’elle ne désespère pas.' 

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Sr Jhorna Gomes SMSM

Sr Jhorna is the first Bengali woman to become a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary.  In recent times she has been on mission in Jamaica.
Sr Jhorna (50) has been diagnosed with lung cancer that has metastasized. Her Sisters invite you to join them in praying for healing through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.
Click to download the bookmark prayer and novena for Sr Jhorna.  Click for latest update.
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Anthony de Salis

Anthony (21) lives in Canberra, A.C.T., Australia, the nephew of Fr Michael Rego SM.
In September 2019, in his final year of biochemistry studies at
Australian National University, he was diagnosed with
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Anthony and his family seek the grace of healing for him through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.
Click to download the bookmark prayer and novena for Anthony. Click for latest update.


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Sr Nanise Dengei SOLN

Sr Nani is Mother-General of the Sisters of Our Lady of Nazareth. 
Her sisters report: 'She has been ill for some time. Her going to Australia confirmed to all of us that she has cancer and already spreading to all parts of the body and has had two operations already, one for her right leg and one for the brain. After the brain surgery, the left leg became affected and she could not walk. We are hoping now that hip replacement will enable her to walk.
'We are praying for Sr Nani through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.'
Click for latest update.

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Fr Justin Taylor SM

New Zealand Marist, Fr Justin, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphona during 2019. 
Through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin we seek the graces of successful treatment, peace of heart, confidence and patience for Fr Justin.
Click to download a bookmark prayer for Fr Justin. Click for latest update.


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Sosaia Vaka SM, RIP

Sosaia was a third year seminarian at Marist College, Suva. Before joining the Marists he was a student at Apifo’ou College, Tonga.
Aged 23, in August 2020 Sosaia was diagnosed with cancerous cannonball lesions in the lung. His confreres prayed for graces for him through the interecession of Jean-Claude Colin.
After a short period in hospital in Suva, he was called to the Lord on the morning of Sep 12, 2020, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary.
A Marist confrere commented: I am sure that Fr Founder saw to it that Sosaia received the necessary graces for the final journey. May he rest in peace.
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 Fr Myles Moriarty SM, RIP

Fr Myles (88) was a member of the Marist community, Blackburn, England. In Jan 2020 he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, with maybe 4 months to live.

He wrote: 'Prayers greatly appreciated through Jean-Claude!  I’m OK and at peace with my situation, but prayers, please.' 

Using a specially-prepared bookmark prayer, family, friends and confrères of Fr Myles prayed for the graces of peace of body, mind and soul, and of confidence, even joy. 

After a very short final illness and grateful for the prayers of many through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin, Fr Myles died peacefully on Feb 20, 2020, in Blackburn, UK. May he rest in gentle peace.