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

0918 Hannah Bennett ps

Hannah Bennett...


Hannah Bennett is a young Australian woman who, in August, 2017, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a progressive disease of the nervous system, for which there is no cure yet.
Hannah and her family have close connections with Marists through the city-centre church of St Patrick’s, Sydney, and the Marist Mission Centre.
In November 2017, a personal invitation was sent to all members of the Society of Mary to join in prayer for Hannah Bennett through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin.
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The invitation...
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'That's so kind of the Marists to think of me during this time, the world being as messy as it is right now.

'I am continuing my university classes online, which is certainly different, but I'm happy they are still going!  Due to my immune suppressant drug, I've not been able to leave the house other than a walk around the block. I understand this is for my safety but it can be very lonely and stressful at times. 

'I'm very lucky to live with my beautiful family.  They've been very supportive in getting the medications and groceries I'm no longer allowed to get. 

'Overall, my symptoms have been pretty calm. I'm struggling with a lot of nerve pain around my hips and left arm, but apart from that I've been quite well. 

'Hope you are all safe and staying well. 

'Best wishes, 

January 2020, English only:
Message received from Hannah afer a holiday with her family and in the aftermath of the disastrous bushfires in Australia:

'... I arrived home from Queenstown late last week, and it was just beautiful. I forgot what fresh air felt like, being in this smoke all the time!

'It was a delight receiving your parcel when I got home (Colin calendar). It's a brilliant calendar  -  you've put it together really nicely. Thank you so much.

'I've been struggling with my right leg and hip at the moment, but physiotherapy has been really helpful. I do unfortunately have a chest infection (following a cold - due to my suppressed immune system), but plan to get some antibiotics from the GP tomorrow so hoping it'll clear up soon. I hope you've all been well at Villa Maria.

Best wishes


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