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Religious of Saint Vincent de Paul

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Pilgrimage of novices to Paris and Caudebec-en-Caux

In the footsteps of our founder and our first brothers

During the week of the Octave of Easter, the community of the International Novitiate of Longiron traveled to Paris and Caudebec-en-Caux in the footsteps of Father Le Prevost and our first brothers. Let’s follow them.

On Tuesday April 19, our brothers began their pilgrimage by two places at the origin of the history of the RSV:

  • Le quartier Saint‐Sulpice (photo de droite), là même ou Monsieur Le Prevost présidait la Conférence Saint‐Vincent de Paul et où tant d’œuvres ont été fondées par lui et les confrères ; ces œuvres qui allaient lui inspirer de fonder notre Congrégation.
  • The chapel of the Lazarists where the body of Saint Vincent-de-Paul rests and where on March 3, 1845 Jean-Léon Le Prevost, Clément Myionnet and Maurice Maignen received the founding blessing of Monsignor Angebault, Bishop of Angers. In the photo on the left, the novices pose with Fr. Aimé Tsoki in front of the altar overhung by the reliquary of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul.

The next day, departure for Normandy in the footsteps of the young years of Father Le Prevost, in Caudebec en Caux, here in front of his birthplace.

Then in front of the baptismal font of the church of Caudebec (see the commemorative plaque on the previous page), all renewed the promises of their Baptism.

At the end of the day, return to Paris and visit the Mother House, its sanctuary (bottom left) and its community, before surveying the district of Vaugirard (district of Notre-Dame de la Salette in
Then, Brother Anthony Royon explains to us: “The following days, guided by Father Gilles Pelletier, we went back to the sources of the conference Saint Vincent-de-Paul at the church of Saint-Sulpice and that of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont (place of the first Conference founded by Frédéric Ozanam and his friends, photo on the right)”.

Still following in the footsteps of our founders, the novices then went to the church of Saint‐Germain l’Auxerrois where Brother Maurice Maignen was baptized on March 6, 1822, two days after his birth. They then headed, still guided by Father Gilles Pelletier, to the Mouffetard district where Blessed Sister Rosalie Rendu, Daughter of Charity guided the steps of our first brothers towards the poor in the heart of Paris.

Then, Friday 22, was dedicated to retracing the path of our venerable martyr, Father Planchat, and his companions.
from the prison of La Roquette where they were “hostages” to rue Haxo, the place where martyrdom was consummated.

Sign in front of rue Planchat in the Charonne district of Paris
At the Church of Our Lady of the Hostages, built on the site of the Martyrdom, rue Haxo.

On Saturday, April 23, the novices went up to the Sacred Heart, visited the nearby Community of Our Lady of Good Counsel.