February 29 – WHERE OUR SUPERIORS GENERAL CAME FROM
WHERE OUR SUPERIORS GENERAL CAME FROM
Br. Augustin was a Breton born on 16 August 1797 at Baden (diocese ‘of Vannes), near Auray; it was there that in 1820 at the age of 23 and speaking Breton only, he knocked on the door of the novitiate founded by Fr. Deshayes.
Br. Simeon was born on 23. May 1806 at Beaupreau (diocese of Angers) in Anjou. He went to Saint-Laurent to improve his education with a view to becoming a school teacher; Fr. Deshayes suggested to him he became a Brother.
Br. Eugene-Marie was born on 23 December 1823 at Mondragon (diocese of Avignon) in Provence. The Brothers ran a school there for only seven years; he got to know them at evening classes and Sunday meetings; after much hesitation he joined the novitiate at Lorgues at the age of 18.
Br. Hubert was born on 16 April 1831 at Loroux-Bottereau in the Nantes area. He attended the local school run by the Brothers; when he was 13 they suggested he went to the novitiate at Saint-Laurent.
Br. Martial was born on 11 June 1850 at Tauves (diocese ofClermont-Ferrand). The Brothers were not yet running the school at Tauves when he entered the novitiate at the age of 14; he was followed by many others from his parish; his novice master was Br. Hubert.
Br. Sebastien was born on 16 January at Apremont in the Vendee; he joined the novitiate at Saint-Laurent when he was 18.
Br. Benoit-Mariewas born on 6 April 1868 at Fief-Sauvin (diocese ofAngers); he attended the local school run by the Brothers; when he was 11, they suggested he joined the juniorate-curn-novitiate at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre whose Superior was Br. Martial.
Br. Anastase was born on 7 November 1886 at Tourcoing in northern France; he got to know the Brothers who were running St Joseph’s School (they ran it for only nine years). He joined the distant juniorate at Saint-Laurent when he was 11.
Br. Gabriel-Marie was born on 29 February 1904 at Poire-sur-Vie in th vendee.- He attended the local school run by the Brothers; when he was 13 they suggested he went to the juniorate at Saint-Laurent.
Br. Romain Landry was born on 3 October 1921 at L’Assomption in Canada; the Brothers had been running a school there since 1890. He joined St Bruno Juniorate at the age of 12.
Br. Jean Bulteau was born on 23 February 1930 at Belleville-sur-Vie in the Vendee; he attended, during some months, the school run by the Brothers at nearby Poire-sur-Vie. He joined the juniorate at La Tremblaie at the age of 12.
Br. Jean Friant was born on 15 July 1938 at Plogastel-Saint-Gerrnain (diocese of Quirnper) in Brittany. The Brothers ran the school there for only 15 years. He joined the juniorate at De des Chevaliers near Pont-l’Abbe at the age of 12.
As can be gathered from the above, most of our Superiors General got to know the Brothers in their native place, and three of them did so while attending their local school for a short time. Only one carne from Canada. The 11 French Superiors General came from various parts of France: from the centre (Br. Martial), the south-east (Br. Eugene-Marie), the north (Br. Anastase); the rest came from western France (One from the Nantes area, two from Brittany, two from Anjou, three from the Vendee).