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



... on the treatment and condition of those seeking graces
through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin


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Fr Justin Taylor, Jun 2020

From Auckland, NZ, Fr Justin writes:

'... further health news, which continues to be good. I had a consultation with the haematologist on 17 June, who was able to report that the chemo- and immunotherapy treatment has continued to work well and further improvement can be expected. I am getting back into more normal activities. I am extremely grateful for the support of the prayers of so many and join my own on behalf of the others for whom we are praying through the intercession of Fr Colin.'
  May 2020:
'I have now completed the chemotherapy. Some time in June, after further tests, I will be told how effective it has been.

'What I can say now is that the indicators so far are positive. Thanks to the prayers of many people, in particular those praying through the intercession of Fr Colin, I have throughout experienced deep peace of heart, confidence, and (usually) patience.'


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Sr Jhorna Gomes SMSM (May 2020)

From Boston, MA USA, Sr Helen SMSM reports on Sr Jhorna:
'Jhorna is doing well with her treatments so far.  She is an amazing woman of faith.  She is very positive with her condition, despite of our lockdown on pandemic coronavirus she is still up and about helping out in the kitchen.'
[Another update expected before long...]


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Anthony de Salis (June 2020)

From their home in Canberra, A.C.T., Australia, Anthony's mother, Linda, writes:
'We wanted to share with you an update on Anthony:
mid-June  Great news! This regime of  chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatment has made a significant impact.
end-June   Preparations are underway for the bone marrow transplant which is due to take place in mid July.
Whilst Anthony still has a long way to go, we are quietly celebrating and giving praise and thanks to God, through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin for receiving this great news.'

May 2020:

Anthony wrote: 'In September 2019, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Treatment began within two weeks. 

'The first regime of chemotherapy was abandoned after three cycles, since I had an allergic reaction to it. A second regime of treatment began in November 2019.  Further testing in early March 2020, found treatment to have had little impact and that the cancer had spread.

'From mid-March to the present, I have been undergoing a third regime of chemotherapy combined with immunotherapy, due to last for a period of six months. Will also be undergoing a bone marrow transplant at some stage.

'I thank the many people (known and unknown to me) whom have been praying for me. Whilst I seek the grace of healing, I would also like you to pray for me to receive other graces from God: to strengthen me spiritually; give me acceptance of my illness; keep me calm and strong in mind; to never give up hope; and to always trust in God’s plan.

'During this current pandemic, my family and I will continue to isolate.  I have been enjoying the family time and have been continuing university classes online.  I am in contact with friends via Zoom.'


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Sr Nanise Dengei SOLN (May 2020)

From Fiji, Sr Kasileta Leiato* reports on Sr Nanise:
'Prayerful greetings to you from Fiji!  Mother Nanise is already discharged from the hospital and currently with the Josephite Sisters at Bondi, (NSW, Australia).
' She is improving a lot. The foot is still not 100% but with the splint on she is able to get around. She looks healthy, is talking, eating and exercising well.
'Her last treatment which is radioactive iodine is scheduled for the 25th of May but this will depend on her. Hopefully, after that she would be able to return to Fiji when she is ready. One of our junior professed sister is taking care of her at the convent.
'Thank you for all the prayers of the many people who are praying for her. We appreciate very much your great help and support.'
[*Sr Kasileta is the acting-Mother General of the Sisters of Our Lady of Nazareth, while Sr Nanise is ill.]