Saturday, January 28, 2012

We Celebrate 250 Years since the Birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Join us today in prayer as we conclude the Chaminade Year with a National Gathering in Washington, D.C. 
to celebrate the birth of 
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

January 22, 2011 to January 22, 2012

William Joseph Chaminade was born on April 8, 1761 in Perigueux, France and died on January 22, 1850. Pope John Paul II declared him Blessed on September 3, 2000. His feast day is celebrated on January 22.

Exiled from Bordeaux, France during the French Revolution, Fr. Chaminade fled to Zaragoza, Spain, where he spent many hours in prayer and meditation at the shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar. During these moments of quiet contemplation, he experienced a spiritual awakening and conceived a vision for reviving the faith of the Catholic Church in his homeland.

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade believed that Christian communities needed to bring the story of Jesus and the Gospel to life through their daily activities and outreach to others. Mary, the Mother of God, was the model for his renewed faith formation. In Mary, he saw Christian discipleship, simplicity and hospitality. Fr. Chaminade thought an “alliance with Mary” would transform the Church.

Today the Marianist Family travels to the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. to conclude this year-long celebration as we pray that the life and mission of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade would inspire a transformation of the Church in our own day.

May the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virin Mary. Amen.