CHAMPAGNAT FRATERNITY 2019 - 2020
Agents of transformation
Br. Christian GISAMONYOAnimator - DRC
Marcellin Champagnat was born at Le Rosey, a hamlet near St. Etienne in France, on 20th May, 1789. This was a fateful year because it was the year in which the French Revolution began. Marcellin grew up on a small farm where he lived with his parents, Mary and Jean Baptist, his 4 brothers, 4 sisters and aunt. As soon as he became of age he was sent to school. Both the methods of the teacher and the conduct of the pupils made a deep impression on Marcellin's mind.
At the age of 14 he had no idea of becoming a priest. In fact he was already anxious to earn some money by raising lambs for the market. He had learnt the basics of farming, together with many other jobs it involves — carpentry, masonry, and so on. Many priests were killed during the religious persecutions of the revolution. The Archbishop of Lyons was anxious to find more vocations.
One day a priest from the Seminary was sent to Le Rosey. Having called on the Champagnat family he inquired if any of the boys were interested in the priesthood. Thinking about this invitation, Marcellin decided to accept it. Marcellin had not had very much schooling and when he entered the Seminary he found the other students were far more advanced than he. To make matters worse, he was older than the others. Because of this he found the studies very difficult and made very slow progress.
our Fraternity Members
Br. Albert NZABONALIBAMIUC Principal - RWANDA
Br. Mark ANOKWURUSuperior - MIC - NIGERIA
Br. Evaristus MBIYDZENYUYPSI 1 st Year - CAMEROON
Br. Francis VERYEFormator - CAMEROON
Br. Nicholas BANDAAdministrator - MALAWI
Br. Alphonse TIAMAROFormator - MADAGASCAR
Br. Moses FEGHERNIGERIA