d' Arles, Henri

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d' Arles, Henri

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  • Henri Beaudet

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Henri d' Arles (born Henri Beaudet) was born September 9, 1870 in Princeville, County of Arthabaska, son of Athanase Beaudet, postal worker, and Marie-Elisabeth-Esther Prince. After studying at the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and the Brothers of the Christian Schools, he did his classical course at the Petit Séminaire de Québec, then entered the Dominicans in Saint-Hyacinthe, in 1889. In 1890, he pronounced his vows under the name of Brother Athanasius and is ordained in Saint-Hyacinthe, on March 25, 1895, by Bishop Decelles. He practiced the holy ministry successively in Saint-Hyacinthe, New York, Lewiston, Maine, and Fall River, Massachusetts, between 1895 and 1902. In 1902, Beaudé asked his exclostation to the authorities of the Order of Saint Dominic to pass to the secular clergy, but will only get his secularization brief in 1912. In 1906, he made a trip to the Holy Land and enrolled in the Bible School of Jerusalem. Later, he visits France. It was then that he chose his pseudonym, Henri d'Arles, as an admiration for this Provençal city and for his great poet, Frédéric Mistral. Agregated in the diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, by Bishop Georges-Albert Guertin, the first Franco-American bishop, in 1912, he was appointed chaplain of the convent of the Ladies Augustine, in the suburbs of Manchester, in 1918. Henri d'Arles is Assistant chaplain of the Canadian-American Association until January 1925, when Bishop Guertin withdraws his chaplains from the Association, considering it too radical. In January 1919, d'Arles participated in the founding of the militant but ephemeral French Rally League in America. In 1921, he made a second trip to Paris, where he studied literature and history at the Sorbonne, the College de France and the Catholic Institute. Laureate of the French Academy, recipient of the Palmes académiques of the French government, member of the Corporation of the Christian publicists of Paris and the Union of the French writers, the career and the intellectual radiance of Arles reaches then its summit. In 1924, he became a naturalized American citizen. Ill, Henri d'Arles is resting in California in 1927-1928. Wishing to write a life of Jesus, he went to Rome in 1930, where he served as an attache to Cardinal Vanutelli. Henri d'Arles died in Rome, at the Franciscan convent of Villa San Francisco, on July 9, 1930. His remains were buried in the Sulpician's cellar at the Campo Verano cemetery in Rome.


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