Blessed Henri Vergès

Blessed Henri VergèsAlso known as

  • Enric Vergés



Educated from age 12 by the Marist Brothers of the Schools, he studied in Espirá de l’Aglí and Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux in France. Enric joined the Marists himself in 1945, and made his perpetual vows on 26 August 1952. Elementary school teacher in Nimes, France in 1947. The combination of work, study and Marist frugality led to health problems, and in 1950 Henri had to spend time in hospital in Osséja, France. Teacher in Le Cheylard, France in 1952. Novice instructor in Aubenas and Bordeaux in France. Sub-master of the novices at Notre-Dame de Lacabane, Corrèze, France from 1958 to 1966. Marist superior in Bourg-de-Péage and Ganges in France. Delegate to the Marist general chapter in 1967. Received a degree in philosophy in Montpellier, France in 1968. After studying Arabic, he was appointed director of the Saint-Bonaventure school in Algiers from 1969 till 1976 when the school was nationalized by the Algerian government. Professor of mathematics at the school of Sour-El-Ghozlane from 1976 to 1988. Director of the library of the Archdiocese of Algiers from 1988 until his death. Murdered by Muslim fundamentalists who entered the library disguised as police officers. Martyr.





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