Ten years ago Marcellin Champagnat’s was canonized and so, to honour his sanctity and relics, the six-storeyed stone buildings begun by him in 1824 have been renovated to become a sanctuary for pilgrims. Since Easter, 2000 people, including many Kiwis, have come and stayed here at L’Hermitage, Saint-Chamond, near Lyon, France. [Read more…] about Jean Craddock at L’Hermitage
Popularity takes “A Certain Way” online
The story of “A Certain Way” began at Fourviere in 1816. These were uncertain times for the Marist Project and well before the 1995 publication of the book, “A Certain Way” and still sixteen years later, Craig Larkin’s exploration of Marist Spirituality, remains a very popular resource.
A Certain Way is now available online at: www.acertainway.info
Features of the online version include the ability to:
- search the text
- print the text
- save the text as Instapaper for later reading
- print each double page resource as a pdf
- print each chapter as a pdf
- have the resource electronically translated by Google into Italian, Portugese, German French, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Dutch, Norwegan and Filipino
- in time, create a “linked network” between “A Certain Way” and other Marist resources, such as “www.maristplaces.org” and www.mariststudies.org.
Craig Larkin, the author of “A Certain Way”, is enthusiastic about the publication going online. “When I composed “A Certain Way” a few years ago, I had two hopes: first that it would make accessible some of the significant we have on Marist history and spirituality; and second that it would be presented in a reader-friendly way. Since then, a whole different form of readership has evolved through on-line access.
I’m delighted the text is now available on line, and in such a user-friendly form. This could be a great service to many people who want to access the book not only for their own reading but for reproduction in other forms.”
Initial feedback has been very positive. Debra Orr, head of school at the Notra Dame Academy in Atlanta, America, describing the initiative as “wonderful” saying that she’s “really pleased it’s now more readily available” and will certainly publicise it.
We are inviting all Marist websites to make this spiritual resource available to all via a link back to A Certain Way.
Over the years, regularly requests for “A Certain Way” suggests there is a network of interest and taking this network of interest online is something which is currently being explored. Commenting on these possibilities, John Murphy said, “A Certain Way is effectively a book, placed on the Web. As such it will not change. What will vary and give it life are people’s reactions to and with it. So in time we hope to “socialise” the experience.”
To get the book online, a copy was dismantled, scanned and saved as a PDF document. It was then scanned as text, corrected and placed online. There were a lot of OCR errors, and despite best efforts to correct them, some may remain.
People are invited to submit error reports when they find them.
A Certain Way is a resource about a certain way of living the Gospel as understood by a group of people called Marists. And right up to our own day, followers of the Marist life have given evidence that this Marist way was not just a certain way of living the Gospel, that is, just one way among many; but also a sure way, a sure path that would guarantee genuine holiness to those who followed it.
A Certain Way was submitted to the search engines 23 July, 2010, the anniversary of the signing of pledge in the Chapel of Our Lady of Fourviere.
Well, what a surprise
Some may call it surprising, for others it’s synchronicity when New Zealand Marists, Chris Skinner, Dave Kennerley, Arthur Toothill and John Craddock all met up in France.
The story goes like this.
While in Sainte Foy-Les-Lyon Arthur went by train to see John at Saint Chamond. When Arthur arrived, he found Chris, and David there as part of the Marist renewal programme.
It was however a short-lived meeting as the following day they went their own ways again to various Marist Places. Chris and Dave went with their group to to La Neyliere and John took Arthur by car to La Valla.
John Craddock is working, for three years, as a chaplain for an international community of eight Brothers and four Marist Laity.
La Neylière—a Marist Meeting Place
Eleven members of the SMSM Renewal Group and twenty-four members of the Marist Family Renewal Group met at La Neyliere on June 22-23. [Read more…] about La Neylière—a Marist Meeting Place
English-speaking Marist renewal begins
An English-speaking renewal group began recently at La Neylière, France and began their pilgrimage to Marist Places, guided by Fr Bernd Kordes, with a visit to Le Puy.
The nine participants are Joel Aliligay (Ph), Kevin Duggan (USA), Leonard Hivirkon (O), John Hopkinson (S), Ron Nikodem (USA), Joseph Kluwen (O), Bruce Leary (USA), Giuliano Sellini (PV) and Kevin Stewart (S). They come from a broad range of ministries across the SM world.
Kevin Duggan has set up a blogspot for his students; you can find it at www.frkevinsm.blogspt.com