November 16th. Will be an historical day for the SSVP, because it is the first time that the Board of the International General Council visits the tomb of François Lallier, one of the SSVP 7 founders.
The pilgrimage of the members was lead to the city of Sens, a town in which Lallier had his family and forged his professional career, where he also founded Conferences and where his body rests, after his death, in the cemetery of this city of France, two hours from Paris.
In front of the tomb, the members of the International General Council of the SSVP paid tribute to Lallier with flowers, with a moment of prayer and with a reading about his live and service to the SSVP.
According to the XVI general president, Renato Lima, “this visit to the tomb of Lallier is a concrete activity of the annual Thematic Year, and being there, praying and visiting this city, is a great grace for all Vincentians”. At the time of the tribute, brother Renato commented on the great friendship between Lallier and Frederico Ozanam.
After this event, the delegation visited the Cathedral of Saint-Étienne-de-Sens.
A plaque with the legend “the 1st Secretary General of SSVP, one of the founders of the institution on April 23, 1833, Paris, France”, will be situated in Lallier’s tomb.
The International General Council will give information about the address and location of Lallier’s grave.