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Brother Aidan's Extracts

CYPRIAN, BROTHER (O'BRIEN, JAMES) Died May 15th, 1858.

"This good Brother died in the old Infirmary, East. He was a man of faith, simple, but faithful. He was over 55 years old at the time of his death. For nearly one year he lingered in his bed of sorrow, but remained all the time a model of resignation." Father Granger Chronicle

(Letter #96) "I recommend to your prayers the soul of Brother Cyprian, professed who was already dying when I visited Notre Dame du Lac. He passed away at 4:00 a.m. on May 15th, after receiving the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist and Extreme Unction. He was, his superiors write, an excellent religious, a true model of simple obedience and generosity; who suffered cruelly for 8 months, but always with admirable patience. May his example encourage those who survive him in the Congregation to obey without argument and without discouragement." Father Moreau

"In regard to Brother Cyprian who had made up his mind to leave in order to study for the priesthood, after some discussion it was resolved that where as, he had always shown himself very devoted to the Community, we should tender to him the privilege laid down by the Provincial Chapter some years ago and approved by the Superior General, namely, that in certain instances, a Josephite novice could pass to the Novitiate of the Salvatorists after he should have made his profession. Brother Vincent de Paul was to present this proposal to Brother Cyprian on his return to Cincinnati." Local Council, February 23, 1865

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