On Sunday January 29th the 107th Anniversary of the death of Venerable Br.Exupérien Mas on January 31st 1905 and the 63rd Anniversary of the transfer of his mortal remains to the chapel at Athis Mons on June 11th 1949 were commemorated .
At this place of spiritual renewal, called “Notre Dame des Retraites”, Br.Exupérien used to gather and animate hundreds of Brothers and thousands of young people associated with the Society of Saint Benedict Labre and trade-unionists of the CFTC. Her they lived intense times of prayer, of reflection of spiritual revival with a view to an even stronger apostolic commitment which awaited them in a world ever more closed to the Gospel.
About twenty Brothers from the communities of the Paris region, three Brothers Visitors of France and many of the faithful from neighbouring parishes joined the Religious of the nursing home of Athis to participate in the Mass-Pilgrimage celebrated by Rev. Joseph Choné, delegate for the Causes of the Saints of the Diocese of Paris.
Together they invoked the man who was a “master if spiritual energy” so that the Lasallian Family might find that energy capable of “reinforcing in the hearts of educators a passion for the young, for the Mission and for the Gospel” in the footsteps of St.John Baptist De La Salle.
At the end of the Mass those present gathered round the tomb of the Venerable for a last prayer of intercession. Following this there was a Power Point presentation which covered the life and the message of sanctity left to us by Br.Exupérien, whom we wish to see soon elevated by the Church to the glory of the altars.
A meal happily shared together contributed to prolonging the festive atmosphere which was created in memory of Venerable Br.Exupérien.
In the unanimous opinion of those present this pilgrimage was a time of intense prayer, of praise and thanks to the Lord for the witness of sanctity left to us by our Venerable.