University of Notre Dame

The Story of Notre Dame
Brother Aidan's Extracts


 PLACE          OPENED           NO.  CESSATION         REVENUES Vincennes      Nov.  20, 1841   2    July  31, 1848  $50 each St. Mary's     Sept. 15, 1842   1    Mar.   1, 1847  $50 each St. Peter's    Oct.  14, 1841   1    Feb.  10, 1843  $25 each Ft. Wayne      Dec.   1, 1843   2                   $100 each Madison        Oct.   1, 1843   2    July   1, 1843  $50 each Indianapolis   May    5, 1846   7    May   15, 1848  $88 each Washington     Mar.   3, 1847   1    July  13, 1848  $50 each Brooklyn       Jan.   1, 1848   2    April 21, 1849  New Orleans    Jan.   5, 1849   5                   ($100 per Bro.                                                      $125 director) 

"A person wishing to obtain a Brother of the Community must promise to pay the Superior: first, the sum of one hundred dollars as the price of the foundation; this sum to be paid in advance; second: a yearly sum of fifty dollars, to be paid exactly every year in advance, for the expenses of clothing, mainting the Brother and traveling expenses in the diocese of Vincennes; a hundred dollars out of the dioceses. The above sums are due for ten months and a half of exercise; if the teacherhas the fees of the pupils, he must be paid for the whole of every term that he has once begun.

"The Brothers board at thehouse of the parish priest or at the house of another priest of the place, and he can even keep his own house; but in the last case, he must inform the Superior of the Institute, and obtain his consent in writing.

"In the boarding are comprised lodging, light, washing, fire, and in a word all that constitutes a complete boarding.

"When several Brothers are in the same establishment they live and perform their exercises of study and piety in common.

"The founders must give them a furnished apartment and a yearly pension which must be at least one hundred dollars for each person, unless the Brothers should receive the fees of the pupils; the first payment and the traveling expenses of every year must be paid for each person as when a single Brother is sent; and the Brothers do not repair to the place of their destination before the Director has ascertained the matters, zeal, state of the establishment.

"No other services can be required of the Brothers than those relating to instruction, and to which they are bound by their Constitution. It is especially prohibited to employ them in making repositories, or doing anything of this kind; neither must they be required to sing in the choir.

"The Brothers should never be disturbed during their classes under any pretext whatever; and parents are requested not to call upon them during that time to converse with them or to pay them the monthly fee.

"The Brothers are only obliged to give a class of three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. The evening school, or class of adults, if they have one, is not at the expense of the founder of the school, as to what concerns monthly retributions." RULES AND CONSTITUTINS OF THE BROTHERS OF ST. JOSEPH IN AMERICA, 1846

" . . . .The Very Rev. Fr. Moreau desires to remind the members of the Chapter that according to this Constitution in all foundations, missions, and other works they will have to undertake or found, they should prefer the most humble and in as much as possible those wanting in resources to those which appear more advantageous from the temporal point of view." MINUTES OF THE GENERAL CHAPTER, 1847

"Milwaukee was suspended for an indefinite period as Bishop Henni couldnot find a suitable place for school. Hamilton, Ohio was also closed. Two new schools were opened in Ft. Wayne and Toledo, where the Community had been established in 1844 and 1854. Columbus, Ohio added an English speaking school to its German one. The state of the foundations was at least as prosperous as in 1857-58." SORIN'S CHRONICLES

"The mists of history and tradition lie heavy upon our knowledge of what Father Sorin and his Brothers had for supper on that eventful November twenty- sixth, 1842. Joy,no doubt, so filled their hearts that eating was of little moment to them . . . The pioneer must need eat what he can and when he can. The religious pioneer thinks of the kingdom of God secure in the thought that all else will be added to him." ALUMNUS, 6:67

Very Rev. E. Sorin, who celebrated the 26th of last month (November) the 29th anniversary of his arrival at Notre Dame, told us that this weather vividly brought to his mind the first day he arrived here, and the first winter he spent in the little loghouse which was burned in 1856. He had made a weary journey from the southern part of the state and arrived late in the afternoon at South Bend, where he was hospitably received by Mr. and Mrs. Coquillard . . . .

Father Sorin was so eager to see with the eyes of the body the field of labor which he had often, no doubt, beheld with the 'mind's eye' as he thought of what he could do for religion and education, that in spite of the fatigue of the journey and the coldness of the weather he came to Notre Dame and viewed for the first time the twin lakes, clothed as they now are, with their pure white mantle of snow. Arriving on the bank of the lake where the Farm House (Mission House) now stands, he gazed on the scene . . . .

After taking a general view of all that could be seen, Fr. Sorin, accompanied by the Brothers who had come with him from France, set out on a walk around the lakes. He skirted along the shores of the lower lake (St. Mary's) came to the point near which (Holy Cross Seminary) St. Aloysius Scholasticate now stands, crossed over the mound, which was then an island, where the Professed (Community) House is now built, and then making the circuit of the upper lake (St. Joseph's) passed by the spot now occupied by the Novititate, and finally, leaving to the left the bleak field where the college and all surrounding buildings now form a little village, he regained the point of departure, and, cold and weary in body, yet fervent and full of hope, he sought the hospitable roof of Mr. Coquillard.

Brother Francis Xavier is the only one now living who accompanied Fr. Sorin on his first walk around the lakes. SCHOLASTIC, DECEMBER 9, 1871

" . . . . all foundations made in the future should have very good conditions for the Congregation. Up to the present time, not only in America but also in France, establishments have been made in order to make the Congregation known although the conditions on which they were taken were not advantageous to the Congregation from a pecuniary point of view. In future, however, he was determined to make no such foundations and advised the Council not to ask permission of the General Council to make any such." FATHER MOREAU AT LOCAL COUNCIL, NOTRE DAME . . . MINUTES, 1857

1848 -Foundations
See under: "Vincennes"- Bishop Hailandiere to Sorin"- (March 23, 1845) -- "Bishop Hailandiere to Sorin"- (April 2, 1845) -- "Bishop Bazin" -- "Foundations outside Diocese"--"Brothers - Hailandiere"--"Archbishop Hughes"--"Brothers, Father Sorin -- to Father Moreau"--"Foundations outside Vincennes"

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