On the 15 May Charles de Foucauld will be canonised a saint of the Catholic Church.
During his adventurous life, he was a Cavalry Officer in the French Army, and then an explorer and geographer before becoming a Catholic priest and hermit who lived among the Tuareg in Algeria’s Sahara Desert.
He lived a life of prayer, meditation and adoration, in the incessant desire to be, for each person, a “universal brother”, a living image of the love of Jesus.
The order that he inspired, the Little Brothers of Jesus, was founded in 1933 and became associated with the worker priest movement in France.
There was a small fraternity based in Leeds for 50 years – one of Bishop Marcus’s first official engagements on being appointed Bishop of Leeds was to preside at the farewell mass when the remaining brother, Xavier Chevillard, left Leeds to join the leadership team for the fraternity in Brussels.
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