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

A Marist Litany

Prayer through the intercession of Jean-Claude Colin’s school of Saints and saintly people

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Invoking the saints

As part of the Marist vocation as religious we know that we are to stand before God and pray for others. We pray for people and people ask us to pray for them.

In the Third Eucharistic Prayer we call upon the saints ‘on whose constant intercession we rely for unfailing help’. Invoking the saints is a venerable practice, epitomised in the Easter Vigil litany, honouring men and women of different times and vocations.

Fr Colin’s ‘school of saints’

Jean-Claude Colin was inspired by saints -- and inspired others to seek personal holiness. There is, indeed, a school of saints and saintly people in our Marist tradition.

The church has formally recognized some. Marists have introduced the causes of others. The memory of still more continues to inspire.

Some died in the aura of sainthood. Others gave witness by their blood, their preaching, teaching or leadership. Others through the generous simplicity of their lives.

As they professed to strive for the first aim of the Society, holiness, so do we. Indeed, the Second Vatican Council reminded the whole people of God of the call to holiness.

‘A Marist Litany’...

... includes names from a rich Marist tradition of these saints and saintly people:

  • Patrons of the Society
  • Saints, founders, pioneers and tertiaries
  • Patrons of the Society
  • Those who died in the fame of holiness or in violence
  • Pioneer missionaries and those giving lives of service to lepers and to others
  • Educators and teachers
  • Spiritual leaders and leaders of the Society

Those not formally declared ‘saint’ are included for their personal example, enriching the lives of Marists and their people.

Including them does not imply any official claim to sainthood. That is the business of any future process.

‘Local saints’

Each Unit of the Society of Mary keeps alive in memory its own confreres from the school of Marist saints inspired by Jean-Claude Colin. These, too, should be part of this prayer.

And so to the Marist Litany must be added...

  • Those other saintly Marists alive in memory in Units across the world

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Biographical Sources

Alive in Memory. A Biographic Necrology of Oceania Marist Province 1836-2011, Suva, 2011. Prepared by Michael Fitzgerald SM and François Grossin SM; 4th edition.

Craig Larkin SM, Bearings. The Spirit of the Constitutions of the Society of Mary reflected, Rome, SM, 2011; = Id., Repères. L’esprit des constitutions de la Société de Marie reflété, Rome, 2011; = Id., Rumbos, Reflexiones sobre el Espíritu de las Constituciones de la Sociedad de María, Rome, 2011; = Id., Orientierungen, ms, Deutschland, Ms, 2016.

Cause de Béatification et de Canonisation du serviteur de Dieu Paul Ducharne, prêtre mariste, ed. Louis Copéré SM, Rome, Imprimerie Pontificale de l’Institut Pie IX, 1908.

Frederick Bliss SM - Alois Greiler SM, Paul Couturier and Maurice Villain: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in FN 10, 2 (2008) 381-395.

Paul Glynn SM, The Story of Lionel Marsden SM, in Marist Messenger (February 2002) 11-130.

Eugène Cartier: OM 4; Gerard Hogg SM, Jean-Claude Colin and the Brothers, in FN 8-9 (2007) 71-82.

Antoine Garin: Neil Vaney SM, Stories of Mercy. Antoine Garin sm. A life flowing out of compassion, in Marist Messenger (July 2016) 44-50; Mervyn Duffy SM, Antoine Garin – A Marist Saint?, in FN 18 (2016) 114-115.

Brendan Hayes SM, Ignoti et quasi occulti, Milltown, s.d. (Chavas).

Frank Hennigan SM (ed.), A Special Presence. Irish Marists at Home and Abroad, Dublin, SM, 2007 (Ireland).

Pen Portraits 2008. Society of Mary, Provinces of Australia & New Zealand, 2008.


Bibliography research and preparatory texts by Fr Alois Greiler SM, Dublin, 2021.