BEATIFICATION OF MARIE-VIRGINIE VASLIN
BEATIFICATION OF MARIE-VIRGINIE VASLIN
“Sister and Servant”
Canonical introduction of the cause Decree
On August, 23rd 2009 sister Colette Leconte, postulant appointed by sister Anne-Joseph Le Bellec,general superior of the Franciscan Sisters Servants of Marie presented to me a request to set about the cause of beatification of Mother Marie Sainte-Claire, in the century Marie-Virginie Vaslin, founder of their institute, dead in odour of sanctity on October, 10th 1873 in Blois.
It is with trust that I granted this request, convinced by its solid foundation and the absence of obstacle to the cause, according to the Nihil Obstat of the Saint-Siège (prot. N. 2859-2/13). My brothers in the episcopate of the ecclesiastic province of Tours, who were meeting in session on June, 18th 2012, put forward their approval regarding this opportunity.
Thus, I have decided to open the Diocesan Inquiry in recognition of the deeds and virtues of the God’s Servant, Mother Marie Sainte-Claire.
My pastoral occupations don’t allow me to conduct this Inquiry myself, thus I appoint as judge responsible for the cause Father Marc Charrondière. He will be assisted by the promoter of justice, his Lordship Didier Boulay, and Mr Jean-Pierre Lejard as notary.
Written in Blois, in the Bishopric, on May, 31st 2013
+ His Lordship Maurice de Germiny, Bishop of Blois
By pastoral, priest Jean-Marie Lecoq, Chancellor
HISTORY: THE ITER OF THE CAUSE
• PRELIMINARY TALKS
- February, 15th 2007: Nomination by sister Anne-Joseph Le Bellec, general superior of the Franciscan Sisters Servants of Marie, of sister Colette Leconte as postulant of the cause of beatification of Marie-Virginie Vaslin, their founder. This nomination is accepted by his Lordship de Germiny the same day.
- August, 23rd 2009: Lampoon of request of Sister Colette Leconte to his Lordship de Germiny, seeking the opening of the trial in beatification of Marie-Virginie Vaslin.
- September, 1st 2009: Nomination by his Lordship de Germiny of the three members of the Historical Commission in charge of searching all documents, as handwritten as printed documents, which could be about the cause, and judging their value : his Lordship Philippe Verrier, president, Mrs Marie-Thérèse Notter, doctor of History, specialist in religious life, and Mr Jean-Jacques Loisel, historian.
- June, 18th 2012: Meeting in session in Tours, the Bishops of the province declare themselves unanimously in favour of the opening of the cause to which they join together by prayer.
- February 2013: In the n° 16 of the "Vie diocésaine", published in February 2013, his Lordship de Germiny made public the request of the postulant to set about the cause in his diocese. He invites his diocesans to give all information or testimonies which could be useful to the cause.
- May, 13rd 2013: Nihil obstat of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, signed by the Cardinal Prefect Angelo Amato. The Nihil Obstat means that, from the Saint-Siège, nothing stands in the way of the opening of the trial in beatification of Marie-Virginie Vaslin.
- May, 31st 2013: his Lorship de Germiny signs the decree of introduction of the cause and of the constitution of the diocesan court in charge.
• OPENING OF THE CAUSE
His Lordship de Germiny has officially opened the diocesan Inquiry during a ceremony which happened to the Bishopric on last June, 7th, in presence of Sister Colette Leconte, Franciscan nun, postulant to the cause. The diocesan Inquiry is the first stage of the beatification process. It prepares the file for the acknowledgement by Rome of the « heroic virtues » of Marie-Virginie Vaslin. This means that the Church checks that the person has remarkably lived the faith and the charity in the context of their time. Several people work on this Inquiry : the postulant Sister Colette Leconte, the three members of the historical Commission (his Lordship Verrier, Mrs Notter, Mr Loisel), the judge delegate to the cause (Father Charrondière), the promoter of justice (his Lordship Boulay), and the notary (Mr Lejard). One or several Expert Doctors, depending on the needs, will join them when the healings supposed to be miraculous owed to Marie-Virginie will be judged. It is at the end of the Inquiry that the Bishop will decide if it is necessary to send the file to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in Rome.
July, 4th 2013: In Vancé, native land of Marie-Virginie, at 9 kms from Bessé-sur-Braye (Sarthe), and in the surrounding parishes, Father Charrondière, judge delegate, assisted by Mr Lejard, notary of the Inquiry, and with his Lorship Boulay, promoter of justice, has visited the places frequented by the God’s Servant (parish church of Vancé, castle of la Loutières, hermitage of the Jourbadière, familial house of the Cave du Pêle) to ensure that, in agreements with the dispositions of the pope Urbain VIII, no public ecclesiastic cult is given to Marie-Virginie without reason, and that nothing would be presented to the faithful which could be ambiguous.
September 4, 2013: At the Bishop’s House, hearing by the tribunal, of the first witnesses presented by the postulator . Each one is called to testify, under oath, that the reputation of holiness and signs of the Servant of God is still alive today and in what manner.
October 9, 2013: At the Bishop’s House, second hearing of 4 new witnesses presented by the postulator sister Colette.
November 13, 2013: At the Bishop’s House, third hearing of 3 new witnesses presented by the postulator sister Colette. Ssister Monique, superior general of the Sisters of Providence of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is heard ex officio by the tribunal; we remember that Marie Virginie made her religious vows in this congregation before leaving it during the year 1845.
December 12, 2013: Several witnesses living abroad and can not make the trip to France and whose audition for the cause of beatification she deems is indispensable, sister Colette postulator asks that rémissorial letters be addressed to the Bishop of MOUNDOU ( Chad ) the Most Revd Joachim Kouralayo Tarounga to hear (himself) or be heard (by delegation) the witnesses of his diocese.
10, 11 and 12 February 2014: In Chad, on rogatory commission, Bishop Joachim Kouralayo Tarounga, Bishop of Moundou, proceeds to the hearing of 10 witnesses named by the postulator sister Colette Leconte.
February 15, 2014: Several witnesses living abroad and can not make the trip to France and whose audition for the cause of beatification she deems is indispensable, sister Colette postulator asks that rémissorial letters be addressed to the Bishop of Southwark (LONDON SE1, England) the Most Revd Peter D. Smith to hear (himself) or be heard (by delegation) the witnesses of his diocese.
May, 19, 2014: At the request of Sister Colette Leconte, postulator, a request has been addressed to Mgr. Smith, archbishop of London (England), so that he might authorize the tribunal to hear on the spot, the witnesses who reside in his diocese.
June, 15-16, 2014: With the authorizations of Mgr Smith, archbishop of Southwark, and Mgr Nichols, cardinal-archbishop of Westminster, the commission of diocesan inquiry auditioned in London (Great Britain) the witnesses introduced by sister Colette Leconte.
June, 24, 2014: At the request of sister Colette Leconte, postulator, a request has been addressed to Mgr René Victor Rakotondrajao, bishop of Mahajanga (Madagascar) to hear or make hear by a competent committee about ten witnesses from his diocese.
CALL FOR WITNESSES
We would be grateful to the people who have received some particular graces by the intercession of Marie-Virgine Vaslin to let themselves be known by the Postulant: Sister Colette Leconte - Franciscaines Servantes de Marie, 15 rue Monin, 41000 BLOIS, FRANCE. coletteleconte[nospam]orange.fr