Presence of Pauline Jaricot’s body in the south transept of Saint Nizier Church, naturally creates a special bond between the two associations: Pauline Jaricot’s Friends and Saint Nizier Church Friends .
Indeed, transferred in 1835 from family vault to Saint Nizier, near the statue of Our Lady of Grace that she came to pray regularly, Pauline Jaricot converted in that very Church one Lent Sunday Lent in 1816.
Her grave became a place of contemplation and prayer for those who invoke her. An urn was installed to collect testimonies of grace, requested by the Pauline intercession.
The Friend of Saint Nizier Association founded in 1990 on the initiative of Brother John Legrez, parish priest, aims to work for completion of the restoration of this church and its heritage, to “acquire and maintain valuable movable items necessary to celebration and to the beauty of worship,”transmit” knowledge collected from specialists” (Papers 1, 1993, p. 3). In the words of Jean Legrez now bishop of Saint-Claude: “An old church, beautiful, maintained, inviting creates a feeling of reverence necessary for all men of good will, including unbelievers”.
Jean Gateau was the founding president of the Association, assisted by Martine Villelongue that becomes president herself. He was succeeded by Jacques Carabin and Philippe Jeager. Renaud Gormand came after in 2012 assisted by Jean-Francis Pierson. The association now has sixty members, most parishioners of this sanctuary.
The association welcomes all who wish to discover the church, its artistic heritage and know its history. Regular tours are offered on the second Saturday of every month, 15: 00, and on some occasions (European Heritage Days, December 8th …). Groups can be received at other times by appointment. A team of highly motivated volunteer guides provides this animation.
The association has published a series of eleven books containing lectures given by various experts. On different themes, illuminating the history of Saint Nizier, they constitute a literature reference for all those interested in this sanctuary and its neighborhood. In December 2007, the association published a detailed tour guide under the title: Saint Nizier, a church in Lyon. This brochure is available at the reception of the church and certain Lyon booksellers.