Fourvière recalled

On Jul 23 each year Marists throughout the world recall the promise to form the Society of Mary made in 1816 by twelve young men in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin at Fourvière, Lyon, France.

They believed that Mary was asking for a new religious family with several branches and under her name and with her spirit. They would be known as 'Marists'.

For the Fourvière pledge and an invitation to reflect (courtesy, Fr Ben Kenna SM, Oceania Marist Province): click here.

Below: images of Fourvière, past and present.

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Above: The ancient chapel of the Blessed Virgin at Fourvière today  |  Fr Pierre Colin's copy of the Fourvière pledge

Below: sanctuary where the Marist aspirants knelt on Jul 23, 1816 - steps, altar, statue of Madonna and Child

 

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Above: Skyline of the ancient chapel (right) and the basilica of Fourvière.   Below: the chapel by day / and by night |  later statue of Mary added to the tower of the chapel (c 1850)

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Posted: Jul 23, 2014

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