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


Colin Songs

 Kevin Bates
Fr Kevin Bates SM
Lyrics from his CD album 'Threads'. Songs from the Marist General Chapter of 2009
'La Neylière'

 Chris Skinner
Fr Chris Skinner SM
Lyrics from his CD album 'Pilgrims of the heart - songs of Marist spirituality':
'Dream a wide-eyed vision'    'Pilgrims of the heart'

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Fr Ben McKenna SM
Inspired by retreat conferences on Marist themes by Fr Gerard Hall at the Khrist Jyoti Ashram, Namata, Fiji, Fr Ben McKenna composed a 'Colin Song', set originally to the tune of 'Be Thou My Vision'.
It has now been set to its own melody  by Tongan Marist, Fr 'Aisake Vaisima.  
Four-part choir version   |   guitar score   |   original lyrics 




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Fr Arnaldo da Silva SM
Some years ago, Brazilian Marist, Fr Arnaldo composed this simple song about Fr Colin and the Society of Mary and its spirit. For the text (Spanish and English), click here. An audio link will follow before long.