Fayard, Marcelo I. (1894–1966)

By Eugenio Di Dionisio

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Eugenio Di Dionisio

Marcelo I. Fayard was a canvasser, educator, pastor, editor, and writer in Spain, Argentina, and the United States.1

Fayard was born in Saint Fortunat, Drôme, France, on April 19, 1894. Some of his siblings went to Argentina. Guillermo, Rosa Teresa, Samuel Luis, Aimé, and Gastón.2

In 1918 he married Cecilia Prodolliet, who gave him two children: Irene Alicia and Rolando M. In 1923 he became widowed, and two years later he married again, to Isabel Paulo, and they had two sons: Ariel Olinto and Alfredo Ariel.

Fayard studied in Gland, Switzerland, and joined the canvassing work in Spain in 1912. In 1914 he emigrated to Argentina.3 He was a teacher in the school that functioned in the house of the Peverini family, in the north of Santa Fe province.4 Soon he started to work at the Buenos Aires Publishing House, as writer of the reviews El Atalaya [The Watchtower] and La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], and as chief editor. He studied in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, in Washington, D.C.5 He was also a speaker at evangelistic meetings in the city of Buenos Aires.6 His pastoral ordination was on December 27, 1947.

In 1948 he was called to the Pacific Press Publishing Association, in California, United States, where he worked for 17 years. He was the author of 17 books; some of them had a circulation of 250,000 copies. He translated 13 of Ellen G. White’s7 books from English to Spanish.

Marcelo I. Fayard died on March 24, 1966, in Mountain View, California, United States. Fayard made an important contribution in the field of Adventist publications in Latin America.

Sources

Arnolds, Alfredo. “Necrología” [Obituary]. Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 85, no. 1 (January 1985).

“Austral Union News Notes.” South American Bulletin 9, no. 9 (September 1933).

Autores varios. Compartiendo la esperanza [Sharing the Hope]. Madrid, Spain: Safeliz Publishing House, 2003.

Brown, Henry F. “Necrología” [Obituary]. La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 66, no. 8 (August 1966).

Casella, Aldo S., y Carlos A. Steger. Cien años de bendiciones [100 Years of Blessings]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2004.

“De Florida, Buenos Aires.” Revista adventista [Adventist Review] 35, no. 19 (September 1935).

Fayard, Marcelo I. El destino humano [The Human Destiny]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1942.

———. El libro para todas las naciones [The Book for All Nations]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1951.

———. El movimiento adventista [The Adventist Movement]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1922.

———. El punto sin retorno [The Point of No Return]. Mountain View, California: Publicaciones Interamericanas, 1964.

———. En busca de alegría [Searching for Happiness]. Mountain View, California: Ediciones Interamericanas, 1956.

———. En defensa de la libertad religiosa [In Defense of Religious Freedom]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1947.

———. Fuerza y salud por la alimentación [Health and Strength Through Eating]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1947.

———. Hacia la edad de oro [Toward the Golden Age]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1931.

———. Hacia un mundo nuevo [Toward a New World]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1960.

———. La clave de la felicidad y la salud mental [The Key to Happiness and Mental Health]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1949.

———. Las grandes lecciones de la crisis [Great Lessons of the Crisis]. Buenos Aires: American Spanish Publishing House, 1931.

———. Los disturbios modernos y sus factores morales [Modern Riots and Their Moral Factors]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1935.

———. Para vivir sano y feliz [To Live Healthy and Happy]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1950.

“In Remembrance.” ARH , June 2, 1966.

Weiss, Walter. “Necrología” [Obituary]. Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 84, no. 3 (March 1984).

Notes

  1. Service Records, Archive of the Austral Union Conference. Prontuario de Misionero Empleado Marcelo [Employee Marcelo Missionary Record] I. Fayard, April 8, 1941; Henry F. Brown, “Necrología” [Obituary], La Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 66, no. 8 (August 1966): 19; “In Remembrance,” ARH, June 2, 1966, 13.

  2. The following information about Marcelo Fayard's brothers has been found: (a) Guillermo Fayard (1896–1994), born in Etoile, France, settled in Guatraché, La Pampa, Argentina. See: Alfredo Arnolds, “Necrología” [Obituary] (Guillermo Fayard), Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 85, no 1 (January 1985): 31. (b) Samuel Luis Fayard (1901–1991), born in Etoile, France, concluded the missionary course in the River Plate Academy in 1928 and worked as a pastor in Chile. See: Records, Archive of the Austral Union Conference. Personal data. Samuel Luis Fayard, November 17, 1956. Registro Personal de Servicio [Personal Service Registry], December 1961. Retirement application, June 28, 1962. (c) Rosa Teresa Fayard (1903-1985), born in Etoile, France, completed nursing course in River Plate sanitarium, worked in the Adventist sanitarium. See: Ricardo Liernur, “Necrología” [Obituary] (Rosa Teresa Fayard), Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 86, no. 4 (April 1986): 31. (d) Aimé Fayard (1906–1992), married to Esther Iuorno, worked in Argentina Food Factory in Buenos Aires. (e) Gáston Fayard (1910–1994), graduated in missionary course at the River Plate Academy in 1937. He was a schoolteacher in Paraguay and Argentina; he taught at River Plate Academy, Entre Ríos, Argentina, and at Florida Adventist Academy in Buenos Aires. He married Delicia Kalbermatter. Marcelo and Guillermo were brothers from the same father and mother; the others were only from the same father.

  3. Many authors, Compartiendo la esperanza [Sharing the Hope] (Madrid,,Spain: Editorial Safeliz, 2003), 77.

  4. Walter Weiss, “Necrología” [Obituary], Revista Adventista [Adventist Review] 84, no. 3 (March 1984): 31.

  5. Aldo S. Casella y Carlos A. Steger, Cien años de bendiciones [100 years of blessings] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2004), 41, 42.

  6. “Austral Union News Notes,” South American Bulletin 9, no. 9 (September 1933): 62. “De Florida, Buenos Aires,” Revista adventista [Adventist Review] 35, no. 19 September 30, 1935): 15.

  7. See, for example, the following books by Marcelo I. Fayard: El movimiento adventista [the Adventist movement] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1922); Hacia la edad de oro (Toward the Golden Age) (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1931); Las grandes lecciones de la crisis [Crisis Great Lessons] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1931); Los disturbios modernos y sus factores morales [Modern Riots and Their Moral Factors] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1935); El destino humano [Human Destiny] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1942); En defensa de la libertad religiosa (In Defense of Religious Freedom) (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1947); Fuerza y salud por la alimentación [health and Strength through eating] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1947); La clave de la felicidad y la salud mental [The Key to Happiness and Mental Health] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1949); Para vivir sano y feliz [To Live Healthy and Happy] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1950); El libro para todas las naciones [The Book for All Nations] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1951); En busca de alegría [Searching for Happiness] (Mountain View, California: Ediciones Interamericanas, 1956); Hacia un mundo nuevo [Toward a New World] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 1960); El punto sin retorno [The Point of No Return] (Mountain View, California: Publicaciones Interamericanas, 1964).

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Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Fayard, Marcelo I. (1894–1966)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed January 19, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=8I51.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Fayard, Marcelo I. (1894–1966)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access January 19, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=8I51.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di (2021, April 28). Fayard, Marcelo I. (1894–1966). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved January 19, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=8I51.