Ephemerides: May, 11th

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1657: Letter of Vincent de Paul to Fr. Fermín Get, superior in Marseilles, in which, among other things, he concerns on various amounts which have been delivered to Marseilles to receive several galeotes and the amount of money to rescue a number of slaves from North Africa.

1731: François-Florentin Brunet is born in Bulgnéville, in Lorraine. 1800-1806, he was Vicar General of the Congregation of the Mission.

1798: Besançon. Revolutionary Tribunal condemns Fr. Pierre-Simon Barrand CM to deportation. He was born in Gilleq in Doubs region. At 22, he was admitted to Saint Lazare. In 1790, as Theology professor in Le Mans he refused the schismatic oath and withdrew to Longuemain, in Jura. He survived the Revolution.

1818: Sister Magdalena Besnard is named Superioress General of Daughters of Charity. After completing Seminary in 1771 she became sister of pharmacy. On March 20, 1793 she was jailed together with another sister from the hospital. After release from jail on April 11, she spent some time with her family because of the Revolution and next she returned to Vichy. In 1802 she was sent to hospice in Le Mans as sister servant. During the schism affecting the Congregation she returned to her family again because she didn’t want to renew her vows against her conscience. When Fr. Dominique Hanon, Vicar General, reintroduced the unity of direction in the Congregation in 1815 she was sent to St, Nicholas Hospice in Metz as sister servant. Then she is elected Superioress General. Sr. Besnard died before her triennial ended on March 3, 1820.

1893: After studying philosophy in Issy and completing the military service in the 79th Infantry Regiment in Nancy, Charles Leon Souvay, future XIX Superior General in 1933 to 1939, is received into Internal Seminary.

1947: In Paris, in the anniversary day of his entry to postulate on May 11, 1890, Brother Théophile Brion died in the eightieth year of his age and fifty-seventh of his vocation. When he was thirteen, he started working at Boulzécourt, one of the factories run by Leon Harmel. He was an influential member of Catholic Circle. Except for short stays at St. Ann in Amiens and Dax, ad two years of hard work on works of Blessed Perboyre, he would be a nurse at Maison-Mere for fifty-four years. His dedication to this task was inspired by cult of St.Vincent being seen surrounded by sick.

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