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National Weekend of the Secular Branch SSCC (France Sector)

10 - 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

The SSCC Secular branch of the French Sector this year went on pilgrimage to Saint-Laurent-Sur-Sèvres following in the footsteps of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. The guides were Sister Thérèse de Vallois, Sister Marie-Gabrielle Renou and Father Bernard Couronne.

This sainted priest lived from the end of the 17th to the beginning of the 18th century. He was the founder of the Company of Mary (the Montfort Fathers) and later the Brothers of Saint Gabriel and the Daughters of Wisdom (under the impulse of Blessed Marie-Louise Trichet). 

Close to the SSCC spirituality, the Good Father was at times inspired by Saint Louis-Marie in his writings.

The meeting was an opportunity for many to learn about the history of St. Louis-Marie and his works and also to visit the impressive site. A guided tour of the site and a presentation of Saint Louis-Marie were organised by the Daughters of Wisdom.

They also met to share news from the communities of the Secular Branch in France, as also, as happens every year, to hear news from the Secular Branch of Germany represented by Elfi.  The weekend was also a time for the renewal of commitments (from left to right: Charles, Claudie, Marie-Madeleine, Isabella, Gabrielle, Marie-France, Anne and Benoît) as well as the election of the members of the Sector Core Group whose mandates were coming to an end.

The new Corp Group of the Secular Branch is composed of : Ségolène De La Motte (Secretary), Christophe PAVARD (re-elected Coordinator), and Benoît Aymer De La Chevalerie (re-elected Treasurer).

The group had the joy of listening to a teaching by Father Bernard Couronne (he accompanies the Secular Branch) on the theme of the Family and how the spiritual family of the SSCC can become like their own family in the image of our parental family. 

The weekend was a welcome break after the various restrictions due to the pandemic and for some people who had gone almost two years without seeing each other face to face.  Finally, the group had the opportunity to pay their respects at the grave of Father Olivier Maire, who was murdered at the beginning of August this year. It was a shock for the community of Sisters and Brothers, and also for the parishioners.  All left happy and full of hope after this weekend. Each went back to his or her region to tell those who were absent what they had experienced.

Christophe PAVARD.

Coordinator of the SSCC Secular Branch - France Sector