Blessed Jean Martin Moyë, missionary priest of the diocese of Metz
On October 13, the village church of Cutting, birthplace of Jean Martin Moyë, welcomed parishioners from the region, Sisters from Saint Jean de Bassel and from Portiuex to celebrate the memory of Moyë, missionary in Europe and in China.
Jean Christophe Lagleize, Bishop of Metz, presided at the Mass which was enhanced by the talented choir from the parish sector. The Offertory procession demonstrated the missionary dimension of the two religious Congregations founded by Moyë which are well established in Madagascar and in Vietnam among other countries.
Bishop Lagleize made reference to the theme of the extraordinary mission month “baptized and sent” and spoke of the Sisters’ founder. Jean Martin was baptized in this church in Cutting. From his childhood, and throughout his life, he was touched by the people of the hamlets who lived in poverty. His vocation was rooted in a deeply Christian family and in the daily life of the village. He went all the way to China where he preached the Good News for ten years in spite of persecution and difficulties.
At the end of the Eucharist, Bishop Lagleize invited the Provincials of the two Congregations and those related to Jean Martin to be photographed with him. Then all the Sisters present gathered for a family picture.