6 The Bugey missions

The mountainous region of Bugey is part of the great massif separating France from Switzerland.  Its many rural parishioners had been ill-treated by the French Revolution. Many parish priests had been killed or exiled by the revolutionaries while others remained disheartened and ineffective. It was to these remote communities that the pioneer Marist missionaries were sent to restore faith and hope and to bring the mercy of God to a neglected people.

(Below: images of the 27 Bugey parishes evangelised by the pioneer Marists in the winters of 1825-1829)

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Bugey mountains - view of alps

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