Louis Antoine (1846-1912) was born in Mons (Belgium), in a Catholic family. He worked in various trades (miner, factory worker, vegetable merchant…) in Belgium, Prussia and Poland. In 1888: he settles definitively in Jemeppe (Belgium); he founds a spiritualist group, Les Vignerons du Seigneur, breaks with Catholicism, he discovers himself as soon as gifts of medium and healing – through \”passes\” and magic potions. In his Little Spiritist Catechism (1896), he claims that the Lord\’s Winegrowers \”heal the sick, drive out demons, raise the dead, speak with the disappeared of this world. . He was influenced by the writings of Allan Kardec.

In 1901 Louis Antoine was condemned for illegal exercise of the art of healing he was sentenced to a fine of 60 FR, he then turns towards \”magnetic healing\” which appeals only to the faith of the healer and that of his patient in regenerative waves emitted by good \”spirits\”. In 1906 he breaks with spiritualism. It progressed to a elevation of a temple on his property in Jemeppe. He is the \”Father\” who prophesies, heals from his tribune and by correspondence: his followers become \”antoinists\”. He cured by using magnetized paper and tea. He wrote down his experiences in his writings, which are read by his followers in the temples and so-called \’reading rooms\’ (prayer rooms). The supporters call founder Louis Antoine \”the father\” and his wife \”the mother\”. Upon Antoine\’s death, his wife, Jeanne-Catherine Collon, took over the estate. There were then two antoinist temples and a few dozen \”reading rooms\” in Belgium and France. Strong growth under the direction of J.-C. Collon, the \”Mother\”, \”representative of the Father\”; at her death (1940), 26 temples in Belgium. The movement is mainly represented in France and Belgium, where there are 64 temples, 31 of which are in France. In France there are 2,500 active Antoinists

Prayer Prayer occupies an important place in the religious practice of the Antoinists. A very simple religious ceremony: reading the writings of \”Father Anthony\”, hymns and \”operation\”. Healing testimonies during \”assemblies\” in temples. Celebration of baptisms of children, weddings and funerals, but not of the Lord\’s Supper. Members are not obliged to attend the meetings, and they are allowed to attend other movements. On top of the general Christian feasts, the Antoinists have two other parties of their own: in honour of the founding couple. 25 June is for \”the father\” and November 3 is for \”the mother\”. They also celebrate the consecration of the temple in Jemeppe and the worship of the movement on August 15th. The purpose of this movement is to help suffering people through prayer and without any purpose of conversion. The existence of God, evil, matter, sickness and death (belief in reincarnation) is denied. It is intelligence (and therefore science) that creates suffering, it is faith in oneself that suppresses it; nevertheless, those who think they are \”sick\” participate in collective or individual healing sessions, called \”operations\”, in order to cut off harmful fluid currents. Strict respect of natural laws: neither doctor, nor pharmacist, but unique recourse to the faith (exception for the decoctions of plants).

ORGANIZATION   Today, collegiate leadership without a \”Father\’s representative\”: 61 temples (including 34 in France) and 190 reading rooms in Belgium, France (93 rooms), England, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Congo, Australia, Brazil; 2,500 to 3,000 \”costumed\” antoinists (Levite and top hat for men  black dress, hat and missing for women); 20,000 practitioners (including 2,500 in France); undetermined number of consultants.   In France: Association cultuelle antoiniste du collège des desservants de France, declared (law of 1901); registered office in Paris (19th).   Recognition of Antoinism In France: Association cultuelle antoiniste du collège des desservants de France, declared (law of 1901); registered office in Paris (19th). 1910: institution of an \”antoinist cult\”. In Belgium as an association of public utility (Royal Decree of 3 October 1922).

ORGANIZATION   Today, collegiate leadership without a \”Father\’s representative\”: 61 temples (including 34 in France) and 190 reading rooms in Belgium, France (93 rooms), England, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Congo, Australia, Brazil; 2,500 to 3,000 \”costumed\” antoinists (Levite and top hat for men  black dress, hat and missing for women); 20,000 practitioners (including 2,500 in France); undetermined number of consultants.   In France: Association cultuelle antoiniste du collège des desservants de France, declared (law of 1901); registered office in Paris (19th).   Recognition of Antoinism In France: Association cultuelle antoiniste du collège des desservants de France, declared (law of 1901); registered office in Paris (19th). 1910: institution of an \”antoinist cult\”. In Belgium as an association of public utility (Royal Decree of 3 October 1922).

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