Foucauld Communities: their origins

When Charles de Foucauld died in Tamanrasset, on December 1, 1916, there were 49 people, including himself, on the list of members of the Union of Brothers and Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which he had worked to set up during the last years of his life, and for which he had written the Directory. The Secretary of the Union, Abbe Laurain wrote:

"Now everything has been destroyed by his death"
and everybody thought the group, which had hardly started, would disappear.