In memory of Fr. de Foucauld, who retired to a hermitage in the African desert to minister to and evangelise the natives, a group of young priests founded in 1933 at El A.biod Sidi Cheik, on the edge of the Sahara. a "Fraternity" whose members would devote themselves to the apostolate among the Berberes and the Arabs.
This year a dozen young men have come as novices, and a second establishment has been founded in Algeria by the " Little Brothers of Jesus," which is the name taken by these disciples of Foucauld.
They are living as poor farmers among the native Berbers.
Two other groups of " Little Brothers of Jesus" have been formed in the region of Provence in Southern France. One of these has established a centre of religious studies' near Marseilles in the place where, according to tradition, repose the bodies of St. Martha and St. Lazare.
The other, established in the city of Aix in Provence, has adopted a manner and life and an apostolate, to say the least, original.
The members, wishing to imitate the laborious and hidden life of Christ in Nazareth, have become workers in a factory. They wear overalls, but they have placed on their working clothes the emblem of Fr. de Foucauld, a heart surmounted by a cross.
They possess no property and have nothing but their wages.
Several among them are priests, but they have no parish duties and do not preach. At the factory these followers of Foucauld are witnesses of Christ. Their working day over, they return to the " Fraternity." devoting themselves to prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,