Born at Varacieux (Isère), February 17, 1824.
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, March 18, 1853.
Perpetual oblation at Marseilles, November 1, 1855. (no. 404)
Dispensed from his vows, March 29, 1859.

Joseph Fayard was born at Varacieux in the diocese of Grenoble on February 17, 1824. He began his novitiate at Notre-Dame de l’Osier on March 18, 1853 and made his first annual vows there in 1854. He made his perpetual oblation in the presence of Father Casimir Aubert, the provincial, on November 1, 1855. He had been admitted to vows by the General Council in their September 25, 1855 session. In the report of that session, the secretary wrote: “This is a lay brother who, six months ago, made his vows for five years and asked to make perpetual vows. From the time of his entry into the Congregation, he has given consistent proof of a great attachment to his vocation. His regular conduct, his love of work and his robust health will certainly give him a place among the best of our lay brothers.”

His name hardly ever appears in the Oblate sources. Consequently, we do not know what trade he exercised nor where he lived when he left l’Osier. He probably worked at Montolivet where Father Tempier had work for several brothers. At the General Council of March 29, 1859, in the absence of the Founder who was at Paris at the time, a request was made to the Superior General to deign to grant a dispensation of vows to “this wretched young man [who] would have lost his head if we had persisted in wanting to keep him in the Congregation in virtue of the sacred commitments of his vows…”

Below his name in the 1862-1863 Personnel, someone wrote: “This brother, worthy enough, good health and a good worker, had a very restless and anxious spirit. He has developed an aversion to his vocation.”

Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.