GABRIEL DESHAYES sower of life

GABRIEL DESHAYES sower of life.
300 pilgrims celebrate his arrival in St-Laurent 200 years ago

“What do you want me to do for you? This was the common thread in the life of Gabriel Deshayes, tireless founder of congregations and educational, health and social works. 200 years after his arrival in St-Laurent-sur-Sèvre in 1821, his numerous heirs experienced a day of radiant weather and shared joy on Sunday 24 October in the Basilica of St-Louis Grignion de Montfort. A celebration, a forum with testimonies from missionaries, the official launch of the Gabriel Deshayes’ Album, before a symbolic sending, marked out this meeting in memory and fully turned towards the future on this World Mission Sunday. Religious and lay people from 5 congregations – Sisters of Christian Instruction, Saint-Gildas-des-Bois, Brothers of Christian Instruction – La Mennais, Ploërmel, Montfort Missionaries, Fathers and Brothers of the Company of Mary, Daughters of Wisdom and Brothers of Saint Gabriel – with a total presence in 70 countries – were also surrounded by members of the Association of Friends of Gabriel Deshayes and the network of the pastoral care of the deaf in Morbihan and Loire-Atlantique. Here is an account in 20 images of a day marked by the memory of Fr. Olivier Maire.

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