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Br. Christopher Torrijas

Moreau

       Holy Cross Time Line

 

 

1799

Born, Feb. 11, Laigné-en-Belin (Sarthe), France; eighth child of Louis Moreau (+1830), farmer, and Louis Pioger (+1825).

1814-1817

Attends the school at Chateau-Gontier

 

August 15th: Father Moreau makes his religious profession

1817-1821

Attends Seminary in Le Mans

1820

In Ruillé, Father Dujarié establishes the Brothers of St. Joseph

1821

Aug. 12, ordained a priest by Bishop de la Myre of Le Mans (Ordained at 22 years of age).

1821

Oct. 11, Basil arrived at Saint-Sulpice in Paris to continue his theological studies – Theology and Spirituality – under the Sulpicians.

1822

June – Fr. Moreau assisted Fr. Dujarié at the first annual retreat of the Brothers of St. Joseph.

1822

July – Fr. Moreau entered the Solitude at Issy; Fr. Mollevaut was superior

1823

Became professor of philosophy, minor seminary of Tessé

1825

Became professor of dogma, St. Vincent’s Seminary, Le Mans

1830

Appointed professor of Sacred Scripture, St. Vincent’sBecame Vice Rector and Spiritual Director at Seminary

1830

§ Brothers were located in 46 schools and one novitiate§ Mushrooming of schools§ Brothers novitiate lasted only a few weeks§ Br. Andre was running the community§ An epidemic – cholera outbreak at this time

1833

Bishop Bouvier and Fr. Mollevant were spiritual directors of Moreau

1833

Bishop asked Moreau to oversee the establishment of the Good Shepherd Sisters. Moreau wrote the rules and later on became their superior.

1834

Jan. 22, J. B. Bouvier elected bishop of Le Mans; Fr. Heurtebize appointed rector of St. Vincent’s and Moreau named ass’t. superior.

1835

Aug., Moreau, 2 priests and 2 seminarians went on retreat at Latrop and organized the Auxiliary Priests of Le Mans (to preach missions)

1835

§ There were 69 Brothers in 27 schools§ Brother Andre wrote the Bishop for Help

1835

Aug. 31, at conclusion of Brothers’ annual retreat at Ruille, Bp. Bouvier accepted Dujarie’s resignation and named Moreau as director of the community.

 1835

Nov. 1, Moreau moved mother house and novitiate of Brothers to his property of Notre Dame du Bel Air (3 kgm from seminary) in the Sainte-Croix quarter of Le Mans.

 1835

Introduces vows – Br. Andre 1st to take vows

 1836 Sept., Moreau and 9 Auxiliary Priests leave St. Vincent’s for a rented house. (Bouvier sent Moreau from the seminary!)

 

 1836 Nov., Brothers open elementary boarding school in the above house.

 

 

1837

Mar. 1, Fundamental Act of Union between Brothers and Priests signed. This was basically a legal act. This formed the Association of Sainte Croix (Holy Cross). United were 54 brothers and 7 priests

 

 

1838

First sisters at Holy Cross

 

1838

Oct. 6, boarding prep school opened at N. -D. de Ste-Croix, Fr. Pierre Chappé, director

 1840

 

Apr. 28, first three Brothers left for Algeria (This lasted for about 33 years)(4 brothers and 1 priest of which Br Andre was a member)

 1840

§ 1840-1864 was a period of expansion – missionaries were went out every 2 years

 1840

Aug. 15, Moreau and four priests make vows in C.S.C.

 1840

Aug.22: the Associateion of Holy Cross is born

 

1840

Oct. 18: Opens Novitiate for the Priest at La Solitude

1840 

Sisters founded (trained by Good Shepard Sisters) – St. Mary of the Seven Dolars was one of the 1st sisters of the Marianites of Holy Cross

 1841

Aug. 4, first four Marianites took the habit (includes Sr. Mary of the Seven Sorrows)

 1841

Aug. 5, seven religious left for U.S. (6 brothers + 1 priest)Fr. Sorin, age 26; Br. Vincent, age 43, Two novices – age 16

 1843  

Marianite Sisters are sent to the United States

 1844

Received the vows of Leocadie Gascoin and three Marianites.

 1847

Apr. 25, foundation in Canada – 1 priest, 1 seminarian, 8 brothers and 3 sisters left Le Mans for Canada; arrived Saint Laurent, May 27.

 1849

Father Moreau is elected superior general for life

 

1849

Jan. 13, Institution de N. –D. de Ste-Croix fully accredited.

 1850

Nov. 13, Basil arrived in Rome with four Brothers to open an orphanage at Santa Prisca. Nove. 23, he kissed the foot of Pope Pius IX during ceremony at St. Peter’s. Nov. 26, audience with pope. Dec. 9, Pope gave C.S.C. the direction of Vigna Pia.

 

1852

Apr., affairs of C.S.C. transferred to the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome. June, evangelization of East Bengal entrusted to C.S.C. by Propagada Fide. Nov. 5, three priest, two Brothers and Three Sisters left Le Mans for Bengal. By year’s end,

C.S.C. consists of 75 priest, 281 brothers and 121 sisters.

 1853

Mission in Eastern Bengal

 

1855

October: Father Moreua’s “night of the spirit”

 1856

Foundation in Paris. Foundation in Polands.

 1856

May 19, papal brief in favor of C.S.C.

 1857  

Apr. 27, Pius IX approved constitutions of C.S.C.

 1857  

Sisters break off from Congregation

 1857

Moreau visited North American foundations.

 1858

June 28, first Constitution and Rule of the Marianites approved by Bp. of Le Mans.

 1860

Aug., first general chapter of the Marianites

 

1860

Nov. 25, Ordination of Pierre Dufal as vicar apostolic of East Bengal.

 

1861

Affair of Br. Marie-Julien in Paris plunges C.S.C. into debt.

 

1862

Visitation of the North American Houses by Fr. Charles Moreau.

 

1863

Aug., general chapter authorized erection of provinces for France and North America. French Province established; North American Province postponed.

 

1865

 

May, provincial chapter establishes North American Province with Sorin as provincial and seat at Notre Dame du Lac. Nov., Moreau called to Rome by Vatican and goes in Dec.

1866 

June 14, Moreau’s resignation as superior general accepted by Pope Pius IX; Fr. Pierre Chappe become vigar general of C.S.C.

 

 

1866

Aug., general chapter separated North American Provinces into provinces of Indiana and Canada and elected Pierre Dufal as superior general.

 1868

Feb., Dufal resigned as superior general. July, general chapter elected Fr. Edward Sorin superior general, transferred generalate to Paris and ordered mother house in Le Mans to be sold to pay community’s debts.Moreau is out of office and out of community

 

1869 

April. 28, Moreau moved out of N. –D. de Ste-Croix to a house across the street owned by his sisters.July 27, Sisters of the Holy Cross (St. Mary’s Indiana) canonically separated from Marianites.Oct. 2, furnishings of N. –D. de Ste-Croix sold.

 

1869

1869-1873

 

Moreau spent his last years in the house owned by his siters at 20, rue Notre Dame (today: Jeanne d’Arc). The Marianited Sisters, whose mother house was a few streets away, brought him his meals. He continued to be active as a preacher of retreats and parish missions and in taking the place of parish priests who were ill or needed to be away. While replacing the pastor at Yvre-l’Eveque, near Le Mans, in December 1872, he became ill and died at age 73 after his return to Le Mans on Jan. 20, 1873.

 1955  

The cause for his beatification was introduced in Rome.

 2003  

On Saturday, April 12th (2003), at a consistory held in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Basil Moreau, and bestowed on him the title venerable.

 2007

Basil Anthony Mary Moreau declared Blessed – September 15

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Brother Joel Giallanza, CSC