The Catholic Counter-Reformation in the 21st Century

Foucauld (Father Charles)

6. The Trappist Monastery (1890-1987)

In 1890, Charles de Foucauld arrived at the Trappist Monastery of Notre Dame des Neiges, then he would soon be sent to the monastery in Akbes, Syria. Seven years later, he would obtain permission to follow Jesus a life more consonant with that of Nazareth.

5. Vocation to Religious Life

Charles de Foucauld’s conversion is marked by the radicalism that forges saints. After a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that induced him to imitate Jesus in His poverty and humility, he entered the Trappist Abbey of Notre Dame des Neiges.

4. The conversion

Since his return from Morocco, Charles de Foucauld was no longer the same man. He returned to his family in Paris and under the influence of Marie de Bondy and Father Huvelin, made an admirable spiritual conversion.

3. The French Officer

Charles de Foucauld entered the Saint Cyr Military Academy but became a mediocre officer. He, nevertheless, was good-hearted and in his last campaign he proved himself to be a true soldier and a real leader. He rendered service to France by exploring Morocco so that one day the army might conquer it.

2. The Unbelieving Orphan

Born at Strasbourg on September 15, 1858, Charles de Foucauld had an unhappy childhood. When he became an orphan, he was entrusted to his grandfather. Influenced by the atmosphere of immorality and incredulity that pervaded his high school, he lost the faith and indulged in all his passions.

1. The Foucaulds de Pontbriand.

Throughout all the events of his life, in the most violent storms and the greatest aberrations, we come across this constant in the life of Charles de Foucauld: a tender love for his family. He applied his intelligence to discovering and restoring its legitimist and patriarchal character.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Blessed Charles de Foucauld, beatified on November 13, 2000, is our Father and we have chosen to take him for our model in order to follow him. This means that we let ourselves be taught by Blessed Charles, in the school of his disciple, Father Georges de Nantes, who has given him to us as an example.

Preface  : Call of Silence

When Brother Charles of Jesus returned to the Sahara as a priest, we were conquered, burning with the desire to follow the hermit in the white Trappist’s cowl marked with a red heart and a cross, with a big rosary hanging from his belt, and that unforgettable smile of goodness. “ I have found my vocation, ” I could have said with St. Therese of the Child Jesus had I known those wonderful words at that time… “ I shall be a monk-missionary, a hermit in the depth of the desert, an adorer of Jesus the Host, a living and silent presence of the divine Charity for the poor pagans of the Sahara.