Born at Chasselay (Isère) in December 1824.
Taking of the habit at Notre Dame de l’Osier, August 14, 1845.
Perpetual oblation at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, February 27, 1852. (no. 325)
Died at Notre Dame de l’Osier, February 29, 1852.
Joseph Favier was born in December of 1824 at Chasselay in the diocese of Grenoble. He began his novitiate at Notre-Dame de l’Osier on August 14, 1845 and, it seems, he continued at Notre-Dame de Lumières. Indeed, on June 5, 1846, Father Dassy, the superior of Notre Dame-de Bon Secours at the time, wrote to the Founder: “They advised me to request from you Brother Favier who is presently at Notre Dame de Lumières as a cook. I would very much like to have him with us.” At the General Council’s session of October 21, 1846, he was admitted to first vows.
After that, his name appears only twice in Oblate sources. In the Registry of the formulas of oblation of Notre-Dame de l’Osier, 1847-1950, p. 43, we read this note written by Father Gustave Richard, the master of novices: “Brother Favier had formerly made his temporary vows. For some time now because of a wasting disease, he has only been making private vows. On Friday, February 27, feeling much more gravely ill, he received the sacraments of the Church and, before communion, he made his vows in the manner prescribed by our holy rules. […] He died as Oblates of Mary die two days later on February 29 at 3:15 in the morning.”
In the Registry of the 1862-1863 personnel, under the name Joseph Favier, someone has written: “After having offered much edification in the course of an illness that lasted several years, he died at Notre-Dame de l’Osier on February 29, 1852.”
Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.