Sailing meant Learning from Hardship

First a Priest... then Sailor and Savior of Souls. Serenity, Freedom and unshakable Certainty depicted Michel Jaouen.

Sailing on "Le Bel Espoir";  Noahs Ark of Modern Times.

A great adventure that has been going on for nearly 50 years now.
From maritime cultural heritage to SOS; as a youth development and vocational training initiative.
Michel Jaouen was born and died in Brittany France Ushant Island “Ouessant” (1920- 2016), the Jesuit Priest ever dedicated his life to Others, he was committed to help and assist the Young victims of drugs, the juvenile delinquency, others since the beginning of his young adult period, as he was a chaplain in the prison of Fresnes.
This particular fellow traveler was able to "rectify souls on their way to perdition", his nickname was "the Patriarch", also known as "the Pope of misfits and losers".
Many people who have gotten opportunity to know him often told :
"if any priests could think and act His way in daily life, then, more people would probably intend to believe in God here and now…”
A talented French sailor; late Florence Arthaud told about him:
"he is a priest, a pirate and he is a role model to me, of course!
Extraordinary generous, considered as a big mouth too:), a fortiori a fearless man … well, a Great Soul, and with a great sense of humor as well.
Sure, it is not surprising to anyone who got to know Him… especially while navigating the waters, Mr Jaouen, the one who kept them all afloat…
On 1968, Michel Jaouen and another priest purchased a wonderful three masted schooner, named
"le bel espoir" meaning to me "the Beautiful Sign of Hope” and came back in Brittany France.
The idea is simply to set sail with all the young people in difficulty, the best way to help them making better choices for themselves in the future, and to let them find a new Rehab way of life.
They Set sail for the Canaries, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Madeira, Martinique
More than 15 000 young men and women did sail aboard "Le Bel Espoir I & II", also the "Rara
Avis" ; The Rare Bird based at Landeda in Finistaere Brittany.
Michel jaouen used to claim:
"I want them to stand Alone and Strong!..."
learn more about Michel Jaouen Priest, Sailor and Savior Of Souls on a three masted schooner named  "le bel espoir"

His key aim is/was simply about to help reconnect themselves,  to keep family and social ties alive, and that ever worked.
The youth often say:
"we have shared in a very beautiful adventure…and we will never forget!"
I met him once few years ago at Aber Wrac'h; small village and port in Landeda in Brittany France… I can tell he was really impressive…Through his beautiful ocean blue eyes, I felt the compassion and love inside him, flowing out to me and empowering me.
The same way anyone who knew him felt I guess…
Back to Le bel espoir II, Three Masted Schooner was built in Denmark in 1944, now having covered some 20,000 nautical miles per year! about 40 trips around the world.
Nowadays, three masted schooner is in quite poor condition, the original wood hull might even should be replaced with steel hull, all this requires financing.
More infos:
AJD : “Amis de Jeudi Dimanche” is about a not-for-profit association established in
1951 and governed by law 1901, focuses on youth policies, youth work and educational
Make a donation and Contact at belespoir(dot)com/ based in Brittany France.
To his wonderful volunteer team, he used to say:
"After I die, Just deal with! now fend for yourselves! just do your Best to Make You Happy, 'cos the Lost need your Joy in their on-going life!"
Dedicated To Michel Jaouen (RIP), to all Volunteers, to all the Youth on their way.
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