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Blessed Pierre René Rogue

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Martyr of the French Revolution. Congregation of the Mission.

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Blessed Pierre René Rogue

  1. 1. Blessed Pierre René Rogue, C.M. Priest and Martyr
  2. 2. • Pierre René was born in Vannes June 11, 1758. He was baptized that day at the cathedral. • His father died on a trip and would never see his son. • At the age of 17, he completed college. By Wikipedia, user:LimoWreck - Own work, CC BY 2.5 Vannes streets and cathedral as they look today.
  3. 3. • In 1776, he entered the Major Seminary. This Seminary had been entrusted to the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists) since 1702. • The Congregation of the Mission was in charge of the parish of Notre Dame du Mené, where Pierre René was ordained a priest on September 21, 1782. • He entered the Congregation of the Mission (disciples of St. Vincent de Paul) on October 25, 1786. • In 1787, he was appointed professor of theology at the Vannes seminary.
  4. 4. • In 1789, the Revolution breaks out. • Priests are reluctant to take the oaths they are asked to make, to obey the State. Pierre René, as a theologian, stands firm, refusing to take the oath. • On December 16, 1790, under the inspiration of Pierre René, Bishop Amelot summoned his diocese to St. Anne d'Auray to ask them to obey the Pope rather than the State. The priests of Vannes therefore refuse the oath.
  5. 5. • February 14, 1791, after the superior of the seminary was forced to leave Vannes, Pierre René takes charge of the seminary. On February 28, the bishop is arrested and put in prison. • Pierre René leaves the seminary which is sold. All Church property was being nationalized, and priests exiled. • On April 30, 1791, his parish Notre Dame du Mené is suppressed by the new revolutionary authorities. • Eight months later, on January 2, 1792, Pierre René took refuge with his mother. From then on, he went into hiding. He moved often in order to secretly exercise his ministry.
  6. 6. • On December 24, 1795, around 9 pm, Pierre René, was arrested while carrying the viaticum to a patient at 9 rue Emile Burgaut, not far from the cathedral. He was immediately imprisoned. During his incarceration, he found strength to give courage to his companions. • Two months later, on March 2, 1796, he was condemned to death as a "refractory priest” (stubborn, unmanageable), in the presence of his mother, in the church of Notre Dame du Mené which by then had been transformed into a Revolutionary Court.
  7. 7. Church of Notre Dame du Mené Old chapel of the Major Seminary Courthouse during the Revolution Torn down in 1968
  8. 8. • Pierre René welcomed his death sentence with serenity. He spent the night before his execution as a night of prayer. • March 3, he was guillotined on the Place de l'Hotel de Ville, facing the chapel St Yves, with his friend Alain Robin. • Linens soaked with his blood immediately become relics, and his tomb a place of pilgrimage and thanksgiving. • On May 10, 1934, Pierre-René Rogue was beatified as Martyr of the Eucharist. Since then, his body has rested in the cathedral. By Wikipedia, Par Jordiferrer — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
  9. 9. source: Iconographie Chrétienne (Christian Portraits) blog

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