Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Monks’

Blessed Christian de Chergé

Blessed Christian de ChergéAlso known as

  • Charles-Marie Christian de Chergé
  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Born to an aristocratic French family with a military tradition; his father, a general, was the commander of the 67th Artillery Regiment of Africa, and Charles spent part of his childhood in Algeria before the family returned to France. He studied at the Carmelite Sainte-Marie de Manceau School outside Paris, France, from 1947 to 1954, was an exceptional student – and a Boy Scout.

Having felt the call to religious life from his childhood, Charles entered the Carmes Seminary in Paris in 1956, but left to return to Algeria in 1959 to serve for 27 months as an officer during the Algerian War. At one point he was saved from an ambush by an Algerian Muslim named Mohamed, a father of ten. Charles told Mohamed that he would pray for him in thanks. Mohamed said that he knew that Charles would pray for him, but said that, “Christians don’t know how to pray.” Mohamed was murdered that night, and Charles saw the whole event as a calling for him to follow Christ by working in Algeria where his friend had given him the greatest gift of life and love by risking himself for another.

Following his military service, he returned to France, continued his studies, and was ordained a priest in the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris in 1965. Chaplain of the Sacré Cocur Basilica of Montmartre, France from 1964 to 1969. Father Charles joined the Trappist Cistercians, beginning his novitiate at the Aiguebelle Abbey in Algeria in 1971.

Monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Atlas at Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria. He studied Arabic language and culture at the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in Rome, Italy under the direction of the Missionaries of Africa from 1972 to 1974, and back in Algeria he worked for and encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims. With the White Father missionary, Claude Rault, Father Charles founded the group Ribât-al-Salam (The Place of Peace) in the spring of 1979; the group had the mission of discussion of Muslim tradition and spirituality, and in 1980 were joined by a group of Sufi Muslims. The group became a place for inter-faith dialogue, education and prayer. Chosen prior the Atlas Abbey in 1984.

Father Charles was one of seven monks kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Christian de Chergé“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Paul Dochier

Blessed Paul DochierAlso known as

  • Brother Luc
  • Doc Luc
  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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A physician, he joined the Trappists in 1941 but continued to practice medicine throughout World War II, treating anyone who needed it, and never charging. He moved to Algeria in 1947 where he continued his free medical practice. Asthma sufferer. In 1959 he was kidnapped by members of the Front de Libération Nationale (National Liberation Front), a nationalist and socialist party fighting in the Algerian War, but was later released.

Brother Luc was one of the monks at the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria who were kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Paul Dochier“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Christophe Lebreton

Blessed Christophe LebretonAlso known as

  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Seventh of a family of twelve children. He joined the Trappists in 1974, and moved to the monastery of Tamié in Algeria in 1987. Ordained a priest in 1990. Served as novice master of his community. He was one of the seven monks at the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria who were kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Christophe Lebreton“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Michel Fleury

Blessed Michel FleuryAlso known as

  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Born to a poor peasant family, Michel joined the Prado congregation in 1971 and worked as a miller in Lyon and Marseilles in France. He became a Trappist monk at the Bellefontaine Abbey in 1981, and moved to Algeria in 1985, serving at the cook and housekeeper for the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa. He was one of seven monks kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Michel Fleury“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Christian Lemarchand

Blessed Christian LemarchandAlso known as

  • Brother Bruno
  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Son of a career soldier, Christian lived part of his youth in Indochina (modern Vietnam) and Algeria. Director of the Saint-Charles College of Thonars (Deux-Sèvres) for fourteen years. Joined the Trappists in 1981 at the abbey of Bellefontaine, and moved to houses in Algeria and Morocco in 1990. Prior of the community in Fez, Morocco in 1990. One of the monks at the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria who were kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Christian Lemarchand“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Célestin Ringeard

Blessed Célestin RingeardAlso known as

  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Célestin served as a nurse during the Algeria Independence War, caring for the injured on both sides of the conflict. Catechist who worked with the homeless, alcoholics, prostitutes and outcasts of Nantes, France. Diocesan priest. Célestin joined the Trappist monks in 1983, and moved to Algeria in 1987. He had six coronary bypasses over time after having discovered a heart problem in the Christmas season of 1993. One of the seven monks at the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria who were monks kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Célestin Ringeard“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Paul Favre-Miville

Blessed Paul Favre-MivilleAlso known as

  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Paul worked as a plumber, then joined the army and served as a paratrooper officer in Algeria. In his 40’s, Paul followed a call to religious life and joined the Trappists in 1984. He moved to the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria in 1989 and set up an irrigation system for their gardens. He had just returned from a family visit in France, bringing a supply of spades and young beech trees to be planted when he and six other monks kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Paul Favre-Miville“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Saint Anthony of Gerace

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Basilian monk at the Greek monastery of San Felipe Argiró near Locri in lower Calabria, Italy. Friend of Saint Nicodemus of Mammola and Saint Jeiunio of Gerace. Known for his ascetic physical and deep prayer life, and as a miracle worker.

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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Anthony of Gerace“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Angelo of Acquapagana

Also known as

  • Angel

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Monk at Valdicastro, Italy. Hermit, joining the Camaldolese c.1285 at the San Salvatore di Acquapagana hermitage and living in a nearby cave.

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Angelo of Acquapagana“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Leo II of Cava

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Benedictine monk. Fourteenth abbot of the monastery of Cava de Tirreni in Campania, Italy, chosen on 25 January 1268, consecrated on 5 February 1268, granted a bull of confirmation by Pope Gregory X and served for 27 years. Partipated in the Council of Lyons in 1274, and used the trip to visit the abbey of Cluny and learn from the Cluniac monks. Built a new church and new cloister at his monastery, and had many new manuscripts copied for its library.

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Leo II of Cava“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>