This new book written by Bishop Patrick Harrington SMA was published on the 8th of December 2021, the 165th Anniversary of the foundation of the Society of African Missions. It is “an attempt to familiarize readers with this Great Servant of Mission.”
Largely based on the primary source of the Diaries or Souveniers that de Brésillac himself wrote the text, following a short account of his early years, gives the Founder’s “personal view of the Catholic missionary situation of India in the first half of the 19th century and his “struggle” to found the Society of African Missions. Also revealed are the personality, thinking, motivations, plans, scriptural and theological basis of the spiritual life of a missionary who neglected no means of advancing the work of God”.
The author hopes that readers will make their own assessment of Melchior de Marion Brésillac, a man who was “a missionary from the bottom of his heart”. As a postscript Bishop Patrick Harrington offers a sketch of the legacy of the founder of the Society of African Missions as he sees it.
The full text of this substantial book is available download in pdf format via the link below.