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

Images and Icon

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The Tollet portrait of Fr Colin

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Icon of Jean-Claude Colin

The icon of Jean-Claude Colin was commissioned by the then Superior General of the Marist Fathers, Fr John Hannan SM, to mark with the reintroduction of Fr Colin's Cause for Beatification. Completed in 2011, it now hangs in the chapel of the Marist General House in Rome.

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The icon explained
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The Story of the Icon
[courtesy, NZ Marist Province web site]

The icon was commissioned by the Superior General of the Marist Fathers, Fr John Hannan SM, to coincide with the renewal of Jean-Claude Colin's Cause for Beatification.  It is seen as part of further developing the following that Jean-Claude enjoys.
The icon is the work of the John the Baptist art studio, Auckland, NZ, who specialise in sacred art and iconography.
Michael Pervan, the director of the studio said the icon is steeped in Catholic theology and uses colour and shape to explain the relationship of Mary and Christ and the relationship of Mary to Fr Colin and the Church.
The icon was rendered using all natural products including gold leaf, egg yolk, gypsum, and Italian rabbit skin glue. 'Nothing synthetic was used in rendering the icon,' he said.
Symbolism within the icon is subtle and deep. Of Fr Colin, Pervan took time to point out that he does not yet have a halo is rendered as young and most glorious because he is now forever young, does not have his usual glasses because he is now perfect.
Mr Pervan said the studio thoroughly researched the commission and to do so embarked on a spiritual journey. 'It was a spiritual home-coming for us,' Pervan said.

Before its completion the icon-in-the-making was blessed by Assistant-General, Fr Kevin Duffy SM, when passing through Auckland in Jul 2011. The icon now hangs in the chapel of the General House, 'Monteverde', Rome.