Louis Brisson was a French priest of the 19th century. At the time of the Industrial Revolution, he saw the urgent needs of young working men and women and sought to meet them by founding Homes which assured them of a roof over their heads and of a good religious education and social formation. Together with St. Leonie Frances de Sales Aviat (1844-1914), he founded the Congregation of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales. At the instigation of a Sister of the Visitation of Holy Mary, the Good Mother Mary de Sales Chappuis (1793-1875), he founded a Congregation for men, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, whose primary task was spreading the doctrine of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), through their life and ministry. Louis Brisson made it clear that the core of Salesian spirituality was that God is Love, and that we, in the times in which we live, can make that God of Love become a personal reality for all men by living as Christ did. Louis Brisson died on February 2, 1908, in his native village of Plancy, near Troyes in Champagne.

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