Jacques Sevin

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Fr. Jacques Sevin
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Fr. Jacques Sevin
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OccupationCatholic Priest S.J., Jesuits Society of Jesus

Jacques Sevin (7 December 1882 in Lille – 19 July 1951 in Boran-sur-Oise) was a French Jesuit known for his role in the introduction of Scouting to France.

Scouting World-wide movement for the education of youth, founded by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907

Scouting or the Scout Movement is a movement with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills that aims to support young people in their physical, mental, and spiritual development so that they may play constructive roles in society. During the first half of the twentieth century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups for boys and, in 1910, a new organization, Girl Guides, was created for girls. It is one of several worldwide youth organizations.


Catholic Scouting

Fr Sevin was exempted from military service in 1902 and remained in Belgium through the First World War. In 1916 he was appointed professor at the college of Tuquet in Mouscron, near the French border.

Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

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World War I 1914–1918 global war starting in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the resulting 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Mouscron Municipality in French Community, Belgium

Mouscron is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut, along the border with the French city of Tourcoing, which is part of the Lille metropolitan area. The Mouscron municipality also includes the old municipalities of Dottignies, Luingne, and Herseaux. In accordance with the national law, the municipality offers dual language services in French and Dutch. Kortrijk, in Flanders, is located just to the north of Mouscron.

Eight days after his arrival in Mouscron, the Germans took over the college as a military hospital. It was then that Father Sevin became involved in the Scouting movement then gaining strength in the United Kingdom.

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United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Between 1917 and 1919, he wrote his classic book Scouting and established the first Catholic Scout troop in Mouscron in 1918.

Scouting, being an import from Britain, was strongly disparaged in ecclesiastical circles of the time. But Father Sevin was able to demonstrate that it could be revised to correspond to a deep Christian vision of man. By the founding of the Scout Association of France in July 1920, he absorbed the experiences of Catholic Scouting that had existed in France since 1911 and became the architect of an alliance between Scouting on the model established by Lord Baden-Powell and the Christian Gospel. He began publishing the monthly newsletter Le Chef in 1921.

In Christian theology, ecclesiology is the study of the Christian Church, the origins of Christianity, its relationship to Jesus, its role in salvation, its polity, its discipline, its destiny, and its leadership.

Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement

Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell,, was a British Army officer, writer, founder and first Chief Scout of the world-wide Boy Scout Movement, and founder, with his sister Agnes, of the world-wide Girl Guide / Girl Scout Movement. Baden-Powell authored the first editions of the seminal work Scouting for Boys, which was an inspiration for the Scout Movement.

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According to Mother Madeleine Bourcereau, "The meeting between the Scout method and intuitions of P. Sevin, has developed a pedagogy based on Gospel values, where each young person is encouraged to flourish and develop his or her personality by drawing out the latent talent within himself or herself. Father Sevin dedicated himself to making known the riches of scouting and all its educational and evangelical value — no easy task."

He set to music a prayer attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, became the "Scout prayer," here translated literally from the French:

Lord Jesus, Teach us to be generous, To serve you as you deserve, To give without counting, To counter without worry of injury, To work without seeking rest, To spend us today On the other reward than knowing We do Your Holy Will.


The cause of beatification of the Servant of God was introduced in Rome in 1989. He was declared Venerable May 10, 2012. [1]


  1. Le fondateur du scoutisme "vénérable", Le Figaro , 10 mai 2012.

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