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Community of St. John

History

The Beginnings

It all began at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where several French students were studying with a Dominican Father, Father Marie Dominique Philippe, a professor of philosophy. Some of these students, wanting to totally consecrate their lives to Christ, had asked Fr. Philippe to be their spiritual director.

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Marthe Robin

Born in 1902 ; died February 6, 1981 at Chateauneuf-de-Galaure, France. On October 25, 1925, Marthe consecrates her entire life to God in an act of surrender to the love and will of God : "Lord my God, you have asked everything of your lowly servant; take then and receive everything. On this day, I give myself to you without reserve and without return".

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Paray-le-Monial

As early as the 10'th century, a Benedictine monastery was established in the city of Paray-le-Monial, located in the diocese of Autun. The main part of its church was constructed in the 12'th century and is considered quite valuable as an example of the art of Cluny, since its model at Cluny has virtually disappeared.

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Lérins


Early in the fifth century, St. Honorat came to live on the island of the coast of Cannes which would one day be named for him. A stronghold of Western monasticism, Lérins very quickly became a hub for holy bishops and doctors who contributed significantly to the growth of Christianity in Gaul (St. Césaire, St. Eucher, St. Vincent, etc.).

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