VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Louis Brisson© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS1817 - 1908Catholic priestfrom FranceFounder of the Oblate Sistersand the Oblates of SaintFrancis de Sales
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)19 th century in France1789 Storming the BastilleNapoleon III. and Bismarck© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSNapoleon• 1789/1830/48/72: Revolutions (Monarchy – Republic)• 1769-1821: 1821: Napoleon – Waterloo – Congress of Vienna• 1870-71: 71: French-GermanWar
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)19 th century in France© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSNew factory in 1860• Industrialization (inventions, factories)• Urbanization (Migration into cities)• Labor movement (Karl Marx 1818-1883)1883)Karl Marx
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Rome: St. Peter19 th century in FranceFeuerbachNietzsche© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Gallicanism: : Constitutional Church – Roman Church• Secularization• Anti clericalism• Criticism of Religion: : Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872),1872),Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)1900)
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)19 th century: PopesPius IX.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Pius VII. (1800-1823)1823)• Leo XII. (1823–1829)1829)• Pius VIII. (1829–1830)1830)• Gregor XVI. (1831–1846)1846)• Bl. Pius IX. (1846–1878:1878:First Vatican Council, 1869–1870:1870:Dogma of infallibility)• Leo XIII. (1878–1903:1903:1 st Social Encyclical „Rerumnovarum“ 1891)• St. Pius X. (1903–1914)1914)Leo XIII.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)19 th century:Bishops of Troyes© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• 1809–1825: 1825: Etienne-Marie de Boulogne• 1825–1843:1843: Jacques-LouisLouis-Davidde Seguin des Hons• 1843–1848: 1848: Jean-MarieMarie-Mathias Mathias Debelay• 1848–1860: 1860: Pierre-LouisCœur• 1860–1875:1875: Emmanuel-JulesRavinet• 1875–1898:1898: Pierre-LouisLouis-MarieCortet• 1898–1907:1907: Gustave-Adolphede Pélacot• 1907–1927: 1927: Laurent-MarieMarie-EtienneMonnierSeguin des HonsRavinetCortet
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Childhood© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSChampagneLouis livedhis childhood in this houseFRANCELouis AlexandreSosthèneBrisson wasborn onJune 23 rd 1817in Plancy, , avillage in theChampagne, nearTroyes, in France.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Childhood• Louis is the only child of Toussaint GrégoireBrisson(1785-1875) 1875) and Savine Brisson, , born Corrard (1795-1881).© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSC+B: Corrard + Brisson
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)ChildhoodBaptismal Fountain• Baptism in the parishchurch of Plancy onJune 29 th 1817• First communion onMarch 22 nd 1829• Confirmation in June1829 in Troyes© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSCathedralof TroyesParish church of Plancy
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Childhood• 1823 to 1831 School in Plancy• Private lessons by the parishpriest Maudier: : love formathematics, the sciences andastronomy.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSTrying to inventgunpowderthere is a smallexplosion in the parish house.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Childhood© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Despite his preference forsciences Louis wants tobecome a priest.• Shortly after hisFirst Communion in 1829,Brisson tells years later,he prayed in front ofthe altar dedicated to theMother of God in his parishchurch and feels thathe is called to teach a great number of soulshow they should love God.Altar dedicated to the Mother of Godin Plancy.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Becoming a priest© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• 1831 to 1835 minor seminaryin Troyes.• They continue to cultivate the lovefor sciences in him very much.• At the end of his schoolingLouis is awarded a price foroutstanding performances.• On July 13 th 1835 Louisreceives the tonsure.Chapel of theminor seminaryMark lists of Brisson
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Becoming a priest• In January 1836 Brisson joins theseminary of Troyes.• 1836 – 1838: Study of philosophy• 1838 – 1840: Study of theology• July 6 th 1838: Minor orders• May 25 th 1839: Ordination:Subdeacon• December 21 st 1839: Ordination:DeaconBrisson asyoung cleric© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Ordination to priesthood© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSPlancy• December 19 th 1840:Ordination to priesthoodin the neighboring dioceseChâlons, , because BishopSeguin des Hons ofChalonsTroyes was sick.• Brisson remembers that daybecause on that day it was27 Degree Celsius below zero, , the superior of theseminary gave a threatening speech and his Fatheralmost lost the way on the way home for the first massin Plancy and they nearly froze to death.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)First mass• The great celebration ofhis first Holy Mass inhis home village Plancytook place onDecember 22 nd 1840.Parish church of Plancy© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSMemorial in the parish church
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Chaplain of the Visitation© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Louis Brisson’s health wasn’t t the best.During his life he had to stay at healthresorts again and again. Nobody wouldhave thought he would one day turn 90.• For that reason the bishop as well asBrisson himself didn't find it advisable toassign Brisson a difficult place ofchaplaincy.• This is why Brisson taughtreligion and sciences inthe boarding school of theVisitation monastery in Troyesafter his ordination.Bishop Seguindes HonsVisitation monastery Troyes
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Chaplain of the Visitation• But more important for hislife was, that he alsobecame the Chaplain ofthe Sisters of theVisitation in Troyes.Visitation monastery Troyes –Choir stalls of sisters© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSConvent church of the Visitation
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Chaplain of the Visitation• 1841 Brisson buys a housein Rue des Terrasses inTroyes, situated inproximity of the Visitationmonastery. He used to livethere with his parents.Where Brisson used to live© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSBrisson’s house today
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Troyes© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)MeetingMary de Sales Chappuis• Upon the request of the Visitationsisters Fr. Brisson travels to Paris in1842 to meet the „Good Mother“Mary de Sales Chappuis.She has been in Paris as the Superiorof the Visitation monastery theresince 1838.• This meeting changes Brisson’s life.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Mary de Sales Chappuis• Born in 1793 in Soyhièresres, , todaySwitzerland• Died in 1875 inTroyes, France• Since 1815 VisitationSisterHouse of birth© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSSoyhièresChappuis family
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Mary de Sales Chappuis• Sister Mary de Salesis convincedto have found in Louis Brissonthe priest, who would help herin the realizationof her „project“:the foundation of a religiouscommunityin the spirit ofSt. Francis de Sales.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSChappuis believesto act in the nameof Jesus.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)St. Francis de Sales• 1567-16221622Bishop ofGeneva-Annecy,founderof a religious community, Mystiker,doctor of the church,Patron of writers, ofjournalists, and of thedeaf.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• In 1610 Francis de Sales foundedtogether with St. Jeanne de Chantala religious community of women:the Visitation of Mary.• He also wantedto found a religiouscommunity of men.Because of his early deathit never happened.• Mary de Sales Chappuis considers herself theinstrument of God by which this foundation shouldbe realized - 300 years later.Francis de Sales blesses thefirst Visitation Sisters
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)MeetingMary de Sales Chappuis© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Louis Brisson is not at allenthused by this planChappuis.• He is 25 years old and adown-toto-earth man, interestedin sciences. He doesn't knowhow to deal with visions anddivine mandates even more sowhen they come from a nunwho is more than 50 yearsold.Louis Brisson and Mary de Sales Chappuis(detail of the altarpiecein the Crypt of the Oblate Sisters in Troyes)
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The inventor• Brisson constructs from 1852 –1860 an astronomic clock,that indicates the sidereal time,the solar time, the world time,the absolute time and the meansolar time of all countries of theworld.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSTaking a look atthe inner life ofthe clockThe astronomic clock in the Motherhouse of the Oblate sisters in Troyes
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The inventorDough machine• Brisson also invents adough machine, , adrying room forclothes and an ownconstruction for a softbed.Clothes dryerSoft „mattress“© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSBrisson’sbook of drafts
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The three miracles© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• 1844 Maryde Sales Chappuis becomesagain the superior of theVisitation in Troyes.• Immediately she startstalking Brisson intorealizing this idea of thefoundation of a religious community.• Brisson resists vehemently. He even begins to evokedivine miracles.Brisson talking with the Good Mother
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The three miracles© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• If this idea is truly of divine origin… then money for the rentof a poor family needs to be inthe alms box. The next day themoney was found there.• …,, then Fanny, one of the weakest students, shall tella sentence of St. Thomas Aquinas in Latin in theconfessional. She did it.• But Brisson still isn’t t convinced.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The three miracles• On February 24 th 1845 Brissontells angrily to Mary de SalesChappuis:I will not found this order, even ifa dead should rise from death.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSParlorin the Visitation monasteryof Troyes
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The three miracles• Right after that, Louis Brissonreports, Jesus Christ reallyappeared to him and looked athim sternly.• From that moment on he gaveup his resistance.• But it still took almost 30 yearsuntil the plan became reality.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Church renewal andyoung workers• In between Brisson takes especially care of those youngmen and women, who migrated from the country side tothe city at the beginning of the industrialization tofind work. They often didn't have proper quarters.A weaving mill in Troyes© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Church renewal andyoung workers© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• 1857 Louis Brisson becomesthe director of the CatholicAssociation of St. Francisde Sales.• It is the goal of theassociation, to foster anewthe fervor of the faithful byprayer and by works ofcharity.Louis-Gaston of Segur(1820-1881), Bishop andFounder of the Catholic Association of St. Francis de Sales
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Church renewal andyoung workers© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Four branches grow outof this association: themovement of piouslife, , the movement ofthe soldiers, , themovement formissions and themovement of youngworkers, , whom Brissonpays special attention to.Factory area around Troyes
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Church renewal andyoung workers• From 1858 to 1863 Brisson establishes four boardingschools, , where in a special way young femaleworkers shall find a solid home.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSHome for female workers St. JeanDormitory
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblate Sistersof St. Francis de Sales• The direction of his new boardings shallbe assumed by capable women.• This is how the idea of the foundation ofthe Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales comes about.• Louis Brisson founds them together with Saint LeonieAviat.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)St. Leonie Francesde Sales Aviat• Born 1844 in Sézanne,France• Died 1914 in Perugia,Italy• Foundress of the OblateSisters of St. Francis deSales.• Canonization: 2001© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblate Sistersof St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• April 11 th 1866: LeonieAviat and Lucie Canuet takeover the direction of the homefor young workers St. Jean.• October 30 th 1868: LeonieAviat (Sr. Frances de Sales)and Lucie Canuet (Sr. Jeanne-Mary) begin their novitiate.This is the day of foundation ofthe Oblate Sisters of SaintFrancis de Sales.Sr. Frances de Sales Aviatwith another sister.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblate Sistersof St. Francis de Sales• May 20 th 1890: Theconstitutions of the OblateSisters are approved by Rome.• 1911 the final papal approvaltakes place.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Oblate Sistersof St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• The Oblate Sisters liveaccording to the Spirituality ofSt. Francis de Sales. Theirprincipal task is the educationof children and the youth.They direct boarding schools,schools, and nurseries. Doingthis they want to foster thehuman, social and Christiandevelopment of those entrustedto their care.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Oblate Sistersof St. Francis de Sales• Around 350 sisters are working worldwide.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblatesof St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• In 1866 Gaspard Mermillod(1824-1892), 1892), Bishop of Genevaand Lausanne, encouragesLouis Brisson to found aCongregation of men in thespirit of St. Francis de Sales.• He advises him to write a bookof rules with the help of theBenedictines in Einsiedeln,Switzerland. This book reachesBrisson in April 1868.EinsiedelnMermillod
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblatesof St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Emmanuel-JulesRavinet,Bishop of Troyes, asks LouisBrisson to save the only catholicHigh School in Troyes.• The institution that had beenfounded in 1859 was bankruptbecause of bad economicleadership and had to close itsdoors by the end of 1868. . Thebuilding was sold.Ravinet
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblatesof St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Brisson accepts the challenge.• He looks for new teachers, buysthe property Ma Campagne andestablishes there the new school.• On December 8 th 1869 theCollègeSt. Bernard is solemnlyinaugurated.• Brisson and his co-workers willbecome the first community ofOblates of St. Francis de Sales.Ma Campagne / St. Bernard
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblatesof St. Francis de Sales• On October 1 st 1872Bishop Ravinet grants thefirst Oblates permission tolive a religious life.• On October 12 th 1873the first six Oblates begintheir novitiate. Today thisday is celebrated as„Founders’ day“.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSThe first Oblates at the Golden Jubileecelebrations of the priesthoodof Louis Brisson in 1890
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblatesof St. Francis de Sales© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• On April 11 th 1875 Louis Brissonvisits Pope Pius IX. in Rome. ThePope is delighted about thefoundation of the Oblates andpromises papal approval.• Answering the question of the Popewhy he had been waiting for such along time, Brisson replies: „HolyFather, if my bishop or my spiritualdirector would have spoken to me, Iwould have surrendered; but it wasa woman; therefore I couldn’t t givein.“Pius IX.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Death of the „Good Mother“Mary de Sales Chappuis• Mary de Sales Chappuis’ life mission is completed. Shepasses away on October 7 th 1875 and is buried in thecemetery of the Visitation of Troyes.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSWhere Chappuis passed awayOriginal tomb
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Foundation of the Oblatesof St. Francis de Sales• December 21 st 1875: „Decretumlaudis“.The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales arerecognized as Congregation of papal right.• August 27 th 1876: Fr. Brissonand the first DeSales Oblatesmake their first vows.• December 1897: The constitutionsof the DeSales Oblatesare approved definitively.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The Oblates ofSt. Francis de Sales• The mission of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales „isto achieve the imitation of Christ and to carry out theservice of the Church in modern world by living andspreading Salesian doctrine. This service to theChurch can assume all the forms our age requires.“• Parish ministry, school and education as well asmission work and spreading Salesian spiritualitywith the help of modern means of communication.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The Oblates ofSt. Francis de Sales• Around 550 Oblates are working worldwide.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The last 30 years© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• The last thirty years of the lifeof Fr. Brisson were quitedramatic – as predicted byMary de Sales Chappuis.Reasons for that were ecclesialand political:• Conflict with Bishop Cortet• Beatification of the GoodMother• Struggle between the Churchand the State of France
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The conflict with Bishop Cortet© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Fall 1877: Fr. Brisson is appointedVicar General by Pierre-LouisLouis-Marie Cortet, , who has been bishopof Troyes since 1875.• 1878: First conflicts between LouisBrisson and Bishop Cortet. . Thebishop struggles with the fact thathe has no more influence on Fr.Brisson and his confreres since theDeSales Oblates have been officiallyrecognized by the Pope.Cassock of Fr. BrissonCortet
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The conflict with Bishop Cortet© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• February 20 th 1880: Bishop Cortetproclaims himself Superior of theOblates. Fr. Brisson asks Pope Leo XIII.for help.• During an audience, on November 6 th1881, Pope Leo XIII. asserts his fullsupport to Fr. Brisson.• In 1882 Fr. Louis Brisson is removedfrom office as Vicar General.• In 1884: Bishop Cortet removes Fr.Brisson from his office as SpiritualDirector of the Visitation.Fr. Brisson and Leo XIII.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The conflict with Bishop Cortet© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Miss Boursetty, , a rich benefactorof Fr. Brisson’s institutes, passesaway in 1887.• After her death it is discovered thatshe has changed her testamentand that the diocese is her soleheir and not Fr Brisson.• Because of that, Bishop Cortet asksFr. Brisson to return at once allmoney he had been given by MissBoursetty. . But it had already beeninvested in an orphanage.House Boursetty
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The conflict with Bishop Cortet© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Fr. Brisson decides to submit thecase in Rome.• Bishop Cortet composes a plaint, inwhich he accuses Fr. Brisson to be aliar and a thief. He doesn't sendthis plaint only to Rome but also toall diocesan priests.• January 30 th 1888: Bishop Cortetand Fr. Louis Brisson reach asettlement in Rome: the orphanagegoes to the diocese and the bishoppromises not to interfere anymoreinto the Oblates’ affairs.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The process of beatificationof the Good Mother© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• In 1885 the process of gatheringinformation begins.• On April 12 th 1886 Fr. Brisson closeshis testimony.• In December 1886 Fr. Brissonpublishes his biography of the GoodMother.• February 1898: : Opening of theprocess of beatification in Rome. TheGood Mother is ‘venerable’.• The Jesuit Henri Watrigant (1845-1926) prepares his attack of Chappuisby accusing her of having spread anheresy.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The process of beatificationof the Good Mother© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• From July until November 1900Fr. Louis Brisson gives again adetailed testimony about the life ofthe Good Mother.• On May 17 th 1901 the coffin of theGood Mother is opened. Afterremoving a layer of mildew the bodyis found not decomposed. Only thenose has dropped inwards and thepupils are missing.• Chappuis is buried in a separatechapel inside the cloister.Exhumation of ChappuisChappuis’ tombinside the Visitation monastery
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The process of beatificationof the Good Mother• In 1921 the process of beatificationis stopped because of the accusationsof Watrigant.• At present efforts are undertaken tohave the process reopened becausethe accusations of Watrigant areunfounded. Mary de Sales Chappuisnever taught any doctrine; neithercan she therefore spread an heresy.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The struggle betweenFrench State and French Church• In the 19 th century the French States opposes more andmore the French Church.• The influence of the church especially in schools andeducation shall be forbidden.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSRevolution 1848
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)French State against French Church© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• October 28 th 1900: Prime ministerPierre Waldeck-Rousseaustarts hispolitical fight against religiouscongregations engaged in schools andeducation. He is already supported by hissuccessor ÉmileCombes.• July 1 st 1901: Law to abolish ReligiousCongregations.• March 24 th 1903: the Oblates of St.Francis de Sales are abolished.• June 5 th 1903: the Oblate Sisters of St.Francis de Sales are abolished as well.• December 11 th 1905: Separation ofState and Church under Aristide BriandWaldeck-RousseauCombesBriand
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)French State against French Church• At that time Fr. Louis Brisson hasalready retired to Plancy.• On August 21 st 1903 he visitsTroyes once more and must find out,that everything he had built upduring his life time is now eitherempty or demolished.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSIn 1902 Louis Brisson moves into the house of his grand father in Plancy
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)French State against French Church• The political sanctions have also a positive effect on bothCongregations.• Their dispersion to other countries quickened. Fr.Louis Brisson: „Without those trials we would have beenendangered to disperse only in this country.“© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)French State against French Church© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Despite these positivedevelopments it was a painfulexperience for Fr. Brisson. “His”apostolate which he had built up inFrance was destroyed.• On April 30 th 1907 the courtrules that all property stillbelonging to the Oblate Sistersand to the Oblates shall beconfiscated and nationalizedimmediately.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)French State against French Church• On January 12 th 1908 Fr. Brisson must witness thepublic auction of his house in Plancy in which he wasliving. He collapses four days later because of ill health.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSLast residence of Fr. Brisson in Plancy
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Confidence in God© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• Nevertheless Fr. Louis Brisson remainsconfident in God; this is a convictionhe expresses addressing the DeSalesOblates like this:• „If everything seems lost, … andeverybody has already surrenderedhis hope, the Lord will show his mightand his influence. Then it must become clear toeverybody that the decision lies only in His hands andwe are capable of nothing.“ (Chapter 1891)Visit of Mother Aviatin Plancy
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The death© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS• On January 16 th 1908doctors diagnose Fr. Brissonwith an untreatable intestinalobstruction.• On January 23 rd 1908Fr. Brisson cannot anymore receiveholy communion.• On January 28 th 1908he looses his speech.• On February 2 nd 1908at 10.34 AM Fr. Brisson passes awayin his house in Plancy, , that doesn'tbelong to him anymore.The clock in the death roomof Fr. Brisson is stoppedshortly after his death.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The death• On February 4 th 1908 his bodyis laid in a lead coffin that is putin an oak casket. A pall is laidupon his head.• February 5 th 1908: Requiem inPlancy. . Since Oblate Sisters andOblates do not officially existanymore, they cannot exerciseany liturgical functions.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSLiving and death room of Fr. Brisson
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The death• February 6 th 1908: Solemnfuneral in Troyes; Bishop Monnierof Troyes is present.• The casket is buried at St. Andrécemetery where his parents areburied as well.© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSBrisson’s tomb in St. André
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)The death• On April 10 th 1961 the corpse ofFr. Brisson is transferred into theCrypt of the Mother House of theOblate Sisters of St. Francis deSales in Troyes.• His mortal remains are laid to restnext to Saint LéonieFrances deSales Aviat.• Beatification 22. September2010.Transfer of the coffinsCrypt of the Oblate Sisters© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSTomb of Fr. Brisson today
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Prayer for beatification© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFSLord, please visit and protect the familyof the Oblate Sisters and of theOblates of St. Francis de Sales,which is the vine your powerful handhas planted through the work of yourServant Louis Brisson.For the glory of your Name,make this family grow in your love,and grant to it,for the joy of the whole Church,the recognition of the untiring zeal of itsFounder for the Gospeland of his heroic courage in the midst oftrials. Amen.
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Thoughts© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS„All our activitiesare based on the principle of love.“
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Will of God• „This is of our mainspring. If we remain every minute inthe hand of God; if we remain steadfast in his holy will;let us only desire what God wants!“(Chapter 1893)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Signs of the time• „In our days the big question is not Protestantsanymore, not this or that point of Christian civilization,but the labor and its organization.“(Retreat 1891)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Creation• „Do you know why I make these clocks? Because theymirror what God has created. The more complete theclockwork, the more it resembles the creation of God.The movements of the earth and the stars determineand accompany our life. The clock continues to tick, untilthe hour has begun at which we leave this world and aretaken up to God where there is no more time. I workwith pleasure on such a clock, for me it is relaxing and Ifind God in it.“© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Dignity of a person• „The person is something grand; we may neitherdestroy, nor humiliate it.“(Chapter 1893)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Priority of love• „Instead of restricting the barriers of your love more andmore, you should extend them more and more; thus youwill harvest God's blessing, because God anyway blessesthe loving hearts.“(Chapter 1895)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Faith and Religion• „The present system aims at pushing God out of allareas of public life; they want even to prevent fromsaying the name of God – but for profane purposes. Godought to disappear from all our customs and habits. Inthe Oblates on the contrary the good God shall have asay in everything.“(Chapter 1891)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Gospel – Good News• „The Gospel can save and conveys to all these lost soulswords of love, of life and of happiness.“(Speeches 1892)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Ministering people• „We lead the souls to God if we fetch them where theyare.“(Chapter 1896)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Sanctification ofthe everyday life• „Everything in our day-toto-day life should and cancontribute to our sanctification. Everything somehowcarries a divine character and deserves therefore thesame respect as e.g. a sacrament.“(Chapter 1888)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)Work• „The Oblates are … meant for an important “Mission“ inthe field of labor, in order to be close to the workers andto exercise a positive influence on them.“(Retreat 1891,21-23)23)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS
VJLouis Brisson (1817-1908)© P. Herbert Winklehner OSFS„It needs only a little courageto become a saint.“