Rev. Dirk Koster,OSFS
As chaplain to the Sisters of the Visitation monastery, Fr. Brisson encountered there the religious superior — Mother Mary de Sales Chappuis — who would orchestrate the prelate’s life work as founder of two religious institutes: the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales (1868) and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.(1872) It was she who prevailed upon Fr. Brisson, after decades of discussions and 3 miraculous interventions, to establish the group of priests that St. Francis de Sales had intended to found centuries before. Fr. Brisson died on February 2, 1908. His mortal remains, along with those of St. Aviat, lie in the crypt of the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters in Troyes. The process for his beatification was officially opened, in Troyes, in 1938; currently, this cause is under review in Rome.
Bert Post Noorden