A traumatic internship
But what disillusionment during his internship! She comes out "traumatized". "I did not expect that, such as completely naked people, sitting on the floor in their excrement, and swaying or clinging to the radiators. They did not pay attention to them, it was odious. " But no question for Marie-Noelle to leave, to give up. "We had to do something". To begin by making the place more alive. And above all, to get the maximum number of patients out. Among them, Marie-Jeanne, interned at the age of 28 following a maniacal access and locked up since ... 28 years. "Yet she was declared cured for a long time and was not at all dangerous, she read, wrote, listened to music, made dolls ... It was the story of many people, Camille Claudel for example: you entered the asylum and never come out ". Marie-Jeanne will end her life in a retirement home in Besançon.
Her internship finished, Marie-Noëlle opened a liberal cabinet in Besançon "I did not have my place in the hospital". The time for her to create this place of life which she dreams so much. We are in 1987. Two years later, she meets in front of the church, an autumn Sunday, Régis, a forty-year-old living in the street. She invites him to lunch. And feels deeply touched by the story of this man who was abandoned by his family as a child and found himself on the street at the age of 14. "I realized that we thought we were Christians but that "It was tolerated that people were all alone, Sunday was to be a privileged day of meeting, mutual help, sharing with others". She then contacts her friends and everyone decides to meet one Sunday a month. From these "community Sundays" are born the guests at the feast.
Animated by a mission
Marie-Noëlle always felt "dedicated to different people". And hard not to feel a little predestined when you're born on December 24, a mother named Marie and a carpenter-carpenter father. "And my godfather's name is ... Gabriel, I've always thought that I had a mission, but like everyone else. " She admits it, she is "born in the holy water". In a very Christian, Jansenist family, "where you are not worth anything if you are not perfect, so I constantly looked for what usefulness I could have".
But if spirituality is one of the foundations of the guests at the banquet, the association is not confessional. The only principle to be respected: to be in the spirit of the parable of the Gospel whose association derives its name. "Our values are those of citizenship: freedom, equality, fraternity, if you are not in this spirit- there, you can not stay."