Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Antoine Chevrier: Prêtre Selon L'évangile 1826-1879

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Antoine Chevrier: Prêtre Selon L'évangile 1826-1879

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BRIEF NOTICES Berthelon, Pierre. Antoine Chevrier: Prêtre selon l'Évangile 1826-1879. (Paris: Editions du Cerf. 2010. Pp. 143. euro10,00 paperback. ISBN 978-2-20409179-4.)

This is a fascinating, well-written, concise, and accessible biography of Blessed Antoine Chevrier (beatified 1986). The Christo-centric conversion experience of this newly ordained priest on Christmas Eve 1856 led to his decision to become a un prêtre selon l'évangile. For Chevrier and the community he founded at Le Prado in Lyon, this meant living a priesthood modeled on the person and ministry of Jesus Christ as revealed in New Testament texts: a servant-priest living with the greatest personal simplicity and in apostolic poverty so as to be free to preach the gospel in word and deed to the masses of the urban poor created by the Industrial Revolution.

Berthelon knows his subject, the influences directing Chevrier's spiritual journey, and the mature spirituality of Chevrier intimately, but he also succeeds in placing Chevrier within his mid-nineteenth-century contextssocioeconomic, political, and religious. In doing so, the author illuminates the underappreciated role that Lyonnais Catholicism played in the revival of French Catholicism. …

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