Blessed Daniel Brottier

photograph of Blessed Daniel Brottier, 1920Memorial


Ordained in 1899. Taught at the college of Pontlevoy, France. Entered the Congregation of the Holy Ghost at Orly, France in 1902. Missionary to Saint-Louis, Senegal in 1903. His health suffered, and he returned to France in 1911.

At the request of Bishop Jalabert, he conducted a fund-raising campaign to build a cathedral in Dakar, Senegal; he promoted the structure as a way to honour Africans who had died for France, and French who had died for Africa. The cathedral was consecrated on 2 February 1936, just a few weeks before his death.

Chaplain in the French army in World War I. Cited six times for bravery, awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honour; he attributed his survival on the front lines to the intercession of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and built a chapel for her at Auteuil when she was canonized. After the war he administered the Orphan Apprentices of Auteuil. Honoured in his life and today as a man who put the family of God above considerations of nationality or race.






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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Daniel Brottier“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 February 2018. Web. 26 October 2021. <>