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- Published: Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:12
SOME SIGNIFICANT APRIL DAYS FOR THE CHEVALIER FAMILY, 2019
If you have visited Rome, have you been to Piazza Navona, not just as a tourist but to visit the first MSC Church there, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and the headquarters of the Italian Province? The other entrance is in the parallel Corso de Rinascimento.
3 April, 1857
First meeting of the "Oeuvre des Campagnes" ("Work of the Countryside") arranged by Father Vandel, held in the house of Madam de la Rochejaquelin. This was a social and spiritual outreach to diocesan priests working in isolated areas. This groups continues to the present day, and meets in Issoudun once a year.
5 April, 1925
Arrival of the first three MSC Sisters from Hiltrup, in Vunapope (PNG), after World War I.
6 April, 1864
Bishop de la Tour d'Auvergne (of Bourges) presents the Statutes of the Fraternity of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Issoudun and signs as first member. To make membership in the Fraternity possible for everyone,
Father Chevalier stipulates that the only requirement is to pray daily: "Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us".
6 April, 1904
Death of the first Superior General of the MSC Sisters, Sister Servatia Rath, Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence.
7 April, 1872
Official installation of Father Chevalier as parish priest of St. Cyr parish, in Issoudun.
8 April, 1850
Jules Chevalier is ordained sub-deacon in the seminary chapel in Bourges. "On the very day of his ordination, he showed himself completely renewed, from silent and severe to affable and gentle." (Piperon)
9 April, 1866
Fathers Chevalier and Vandel planned the foundation of an "apostolic" school, which did officially open in Chezal-Benoît on 10 October the following year, about 17 kilometers from Issoudun.
This was an apostolic school for boys interested in becoming missionaries in the MSC's. In order to meet the cost of this work, an appeal was made to give a penny a year - thus the name the "Petite Oeuvre" (the "Little Work").
11 April, 1868
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is opened in Issoudun.
12 April, 2012
Feast of Saint Jules, (Pope Jules I, who protected Saint Athanasius from the Arians), name day of Father Founder.
16 April, 1881
Chevalier accepts the two Vicariates of Melanesia and Micronesia offered by the Congregation of the propagation of the Faith.
20 April, 1876
First mission departure ceremony in MSC history:
Father Durin and two scholastics are sent from Issoudun to Watertown, in New York State, USA. They arrive in Watertown on 6 May, 1876.
The previous General of the MSC's, Father Mark McDonald, is from Watertown!
24 April, 1879
Canonical erection of the first MSC House in Rome, at Piazza Navona.
26 April, 1877
Father Jean Marie Vandel, founder of the Apostolic Schools, dies in Issoudun. Chevalier said of him: "His life ... is that of a saint."
30 April, 1907
Sale by auction of the confiscated property of the MSC and FDNSC in Issoudun. Count de Bonneval buys the MSC property for 100,000 francs; ten minutes later Madame de Lapparent buys the house of the Sisters for 40,000. The property is thus saved for both the MSC and FDNSC.