Celebrating the 250th Anniversary
of the birth of our Founder,
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade


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Closing of the Chaminade Year
January 2012

 - Celebration in Bordeaux (FR)

Opening of the Chaminade Year
January 2011
On the very spot where Fr. Chaminade lived and worked, several celebrations marked the opening of the year. 

In Bordeaux, Saturday January 22, 2011, at 3 pm, there was a prayer service at the cemetery of the monastery, near the tomb of Blessed William Joseph.  Then, at 6 pm, at the Chapel of the Magdalene, The Family of Mary celebrated solemn Vespers around the relics of Fr. Chaminade.  

On Sunday, January 23, at the Chapel of the Madeleine, Bishop Mouisse, Bishop of Périgueux, presided at Mass and preached a beautiful homily. The songs were performed by the choir of the Cathedral of Perigueux.  

On Tuesday January 25, in a hall of located in downtown Bordeaux, a conference featured a dialogue between Fr. André Fétis, SM and Mr. Jean-Louis Schlegel, a noted sociologist, on the topic: "In difficult times, as Fr, Chaminade told us, believe and preach the Gospel". Cardinal Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux was present, as well as the city’s new auxiliary bishop.  

On Wednesday January 26, the same conference was repeated at Perigueux in the presence of the bishop. In all these celebrations the fervor and interest were very heartfelt and they encourage us to continue this journey.


Bro. Daniel Odero Osino, SM, (Region of Eastern Africa), right, personally invited the new Cardinal of Zambia Medado Mazombwe to the Jan. 22 festivities at Matero Boys Secondary School Lusaka-Zambia marking the 250th anniversary of Blessed Chaminade's birth. The Cardinal accepted the invitation


Religious in the Province of Meribah, celebrated a special Mass in each school for all students.  To initiate the celebration of the anniversary year, they inaugurated a lecture series dealing with the life and legacy of Fr. Chaminade.  In addition, approximately 300 teachers from the schools of the Province attended a Mass and symposium at which Fr. James Heft, SM and Bro. Michael McAward, SM, made presentations.


Secretary General Bro. Michael McAward, SM, presented a talk on the “Saintliness of Fr. Chaminade” on Jan. 20 to a student assembly at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.


In Rome, members of the FMI, lay Fraternities and the Society of Mary joined together at Via Latina 22 to celebrate both founders, Fr. Chaminade and Mother Adele.  Relics of Fr. Chaminade were venerated and a chalice for the Founder's era was used in the celebration of the Mass.  Following prayer together, members of the Fraternities provided a wonderful meal for all.  It was a joyous family celebration.


Festa dei Fondatore 2011
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In Argentina, on January 22, the Marianists held a Day of Prayer for all of the brothers of the Region at the Retreat house in Córdoba.  That same day, some of the brothers concluded their annual retreat and all renewed their vows,  a fitting way to begin the year-long celebration of the Chaminade Anniversary Year.