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History of La Salette Matha Province


1846   Sept 19: The apparition of the Blessed virgin at La Salette.

1847   Sept 19: at least 30,000 pilgrims go to the mountain.  In November and December, the bishop hosts a gathering where eight conferences are given on the truth of La Salette.

1850   Sept 25 Maximin meets the Cure of Ars

1851   Bishop de Bruillard publishes the Doctrinal Statement of September 19: The apparition is authentic, public worship is authorized, a church will be built on the site of the Apparition.

1852   May 25: the laying of the cornerstone of the new church.  A community of diocesan missionaries is established called the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette.

1854  Bishop Ginoulhiac Publishes a Doctrinal Statement confirming bishop de Bruillard’s decisions and refuting objections of the oppositions.

1858   Feb 2: Fathers Archier, Berlioz, Bassan, Buisson and petit take their first vows in the bishop's Chapel.

1860   Father Sylvain-Marie Giraud takes first vows.  Widely experienced and a spiritual author he is named master of novices.

1865   Father Giraud is elected superior, and he launches the French devotional periodical ‘Les Annales de Notre-Dame de La Salette’

1875   on March 1st Maximin Giraud dies at Corps.

1876  Bishop Fava asks that the Missionaries write new constitutions with each article voted on individually.  Father Archier is elected superior General.

1878   Pope Leo XIII invited bishop Fava and Father Henri Berthier to seek Vatican approval for the Constitutions.

1879  Fathers Archier, Buissan, Henri Berthier, Jean Berthier, Perrin and Chapuy are the first to take first perpetual vows.  The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette assume responsibility for the Norway mission for ten-year duration.  April 18: the institute is canonically approved by Rome.  On April 20thand 21st our Lady of La Salette is crowned and the basilica is consecrated.

1880   Departure for Norway (2 Fathers, 2 Brothers, seven students in theology).

1881   Laws against the congregations in France take effect against religious schools.  The scholastics leaves for Switzerland.

1892   Fathers Pajot and Vignon find haven at Hartford, Connecticut.  The North American experience begins.

1896   A La Salette Scholasticate is founded in Rome.  In 20 years the number of La Salette sisters has increased from 11 to 150.

1899   French La Salette migrate to Madagascar and the Canadian Northwest.

1902   The General Administration migrates to Switzerland, then to Italy.  The five first La Salette Missionaries arrive in Poland.  Father Clement Moussier leaves from the United States to go to Brazil.

1904   Melanie Calvat dies at Altamura (Bari, Italy).

1918   French religious are allowed to reenter France.

1926   Final approval of the Constitution by Rome.

1934   The congregation is divided into provinces: France, Poland, United States, Brazil.

1936   La Salette from Poland and the U.S. found a mission in Argentina.

1938   La Salette in Switzerland and Liechtenstein become a province.

1943   Bishop Caillot recalls the Missionaries of La Salette to the Shrine - cradle of the congregation.

1946  Centennial celebration of the Apparition.  Marian congress in Grenoble.  La Salette from Switzerland launch a mission in Angola.

1948   La Salette from U.S. launch a mission in the Philippines.

1962   La Salette foundation in Italy became the Province.

                                       (Thanks to Fr. Roger Castel, MS for the above information)

1978   Father Efren Musngi propsed the plan for the recruitment of candidates from India.  At the Council of the Congregation in Switzerland in July 1978 the plan was accepted and it was entrusted to the Philippine Vice province.

1979   Fathers Orlando Sapuay and William Slight conducted the first vocation compaign in Kerala India.  Mathew manjaly and Augustine Cheerakathil arrives in the Philippines as the first candidates for the missionaries of Our Lady of La salette.

1980   Fr. Rutiillio mallilin recruites three candidates from India – Andrews Kollannoor, Jose Kuzhinjalil and Jose  Punnakunnel .

1982   The Philippines attain provincial status.  Antisirabe becomes a province. Fr. Bill Slight recruites two candidates from India Job Callarackal and Joy Chukkananickal.  

1985   Renewed and updated after Vatican II the constitutions are approved by Rome.

1987  Fr.Efren Tomas recurites four candidates from India – Thomas Vellappilly, William Kaliayadan, Jacob Vettathu and James poovathingal.

1988   Two Provinces in Madagascar merge into one.  
May 31: Fr. Jose Kuzhinjalil from India, trained in the Philippines, open the mission in Vamanapuram, Trivandrum, Kerala (India). A week after the opening of the mission in Vamanapuram, Father Jose Punnakunnel joined the mission in India.

1989   Alex Valummel, Jolly Ayyamkolil and Daison Areeparambil joined La Salette.
June: Beginning of the minor seminary formation with nine students at B.L.M. Aloor, Irinjalakuda, Kerala by Fr Jose Punnakunnel. Father Andrews Kollannoor joined the mission in India.

1990   August 17: The frist La Salette house, named La Salette Bhavan at Parakkadavu, was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. James Pazhayattil.    

1996   The 150th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at La Salette.  A year of celebration throughout the world.  Theological Studies for La Salette Missionaries begins in India.

1997   The second house of La salette India was inaugurated and named La Salette Sadhan – mainly for the philosophical studies.

2000   April 25: The third house of La Salette missionaries, La Salette Nikethan, was inaugurated by Superior General Isidro Perrin, MS.   Postulancy program begins in India.

2001   October:  La Salette Community in India raised into the status of a Region named La Salette Matha region.  Fr. Mathew Manjaly became its first Regional Superior.  
Novitiate Program begins in India.  All levels of formation are done here in India.

2002 Council of the Congregation was held in Bangalore,India. (April 7-20).  Blessing of New House in Bangalore.
Aug. 31 - La Sadhan, Bangalore was raised as Regional House.

2003   June : Opened an education center La Salette Vidya Nikethan for the poor village children in Hunsur, Mysore.

2005  January: The fourth house of La Salette Missionaries, La Salette Ashram, Kayakunnu, Kerala was blessed (a house for retreat and perpetual adoration).  
Second Regional Chapter - January 5-12.  Fr Mathew Manjaly was re-elected as Regional Superior.  

2006   May: La Salette Matha Region is elevated to Status of Province.

2007   Jan. 24-26 - First Provincial Chapter.  Fr Andrews Kollannoor was elected as the first Provincial of La Salette Matha Province.  Australian mission begins.

2008   June 11 - Andhra mission begins.

2010  January 28-30 - Second Provincial Chapter at La Salette Sadhan Bangalore. Fr Jojohn Chettiyakunnel was elected as the  Provincial Superior
September 22 - A mission House, La Salette Nilayam, Thorredu, the fifth house was inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

2011  Aug: Begins mission in the Arch Diocese of Canberra, Australia.

2012  May: La Salette Marian Center, the sixth house in India, was opened at Anappara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.  May 31 - 2013 May 31: Silver Jubilee Year of La Salette Presence in India.
June.  Opening of La Salette Vidya Nilayam School Thorredu, Andhra Pradesh
2013  Jan. 27-29: Third Provincial Chapter at La Salette Sadhan Bangalore. Fr Roy Parayil was elected as the  Provincial Superior.

2014 May: Beginning of La Salette Mission in Münster Diocese, Germany.
March: Collaboration of Mission with Ina ng pag-asa Province, Philippines in California, USA.

2015: January: Adoration Chapel and Counseling Centre at Anappara, Kerala.

2016 January 28 – 30: Fourth Provincial Chapter. Fr. Roy Parayil M.S was re-elected as the Provincial Superior.
July: Collaboration of Mission in Tanzania.

                                                                        (Fr. Rojan, MS)