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Église Évangélique Mennonite de la Vôge (Vosges Mennonite Church, called Darney, 1933-1941) is one of the oldest Mennonite congregations in the French-speaking part of France, hav­ing always consisted of widely scattered farm fami­lies living west of the Vosges Mountains, with the city of Epinal as the approximate center. During most of its history the meetings have been held in rotation in the homes. Before 1766 Mennonites were living in the mountainous area around Donon in the northeast of the Vosges Department. From here they moved westward, being joined by some families from the Markirch (Ste-Marie-aux-Mines) area. Others came later from the region of Zweibrücken and Saarguemines. The original families all spoke German, but by 1869 the language had become French. One of the alert elders, named Schweitzer of Goncourt, joined with the elder Andre Rediger of the Haute Marne congregation in 1869 in provid­ing a French translation of the Zweibrücken (Elbing-Waldeck) catechism.

Because of intermarriage with Catholics, immigration to America, and moving westward in France into the Haute Marne area the congregation grad­ually grew smaller, so that in the 1930s the baptized membership was not more than 15, and the congre­gation held no services during the winter from November to March. Among the known elders' names were Hans Roger ca. 1820-1868, Joseph Schweitzer 1843-1896, Jean Kremer 1894-1909, Nicholas Kroner 1898- , Joseph Kislig 1914- . In 1957 the congre­gation had some 45 members including unbaptized children, and met only once a month in private homes. Elder Kislig had retired, and the active min­ister was Jean Abresol.

Bibliography

Sommer, P. "Assemble des Vosges (Darney)." Christ Seul (August 1930): 5-9.


Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959


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Bender, Harold S. "Église Évangélique Mennonite de la Vôge (Darney, Vosges, Lorraine, France)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=%C3%89glise_%C3%89vang%C3%A9lique_Mennonite_de_la_V%C3%B4ge_(Darney,_Vosges,_Lorraine,_France)&oldid=85875.

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Bender, Harold S. (1959). Église Évangélique Mennonite de la Vôge (Darney, Vosges, Lorraine, France). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=%C3%89glise_%C3%89vang%C3%A9lique_Mennonite_de_la_V%C3%B4ge_(Darney,_Vosges,_Lorraine,_France)&oldid=85875.




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