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Br. Benilde Romancon

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A short biography about the French saint, Br. Benilde Romançon, FSC.

 

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Brother Benilde was an effective teacher and administrator, a strict but fair disciplinarian, with a religious sense that was evident to everyone. This book provides a more complete story of his life and legacy.

Pierre Romançon was born in the village of Thuret in south-central France. He was so far ahead of his classmates in elementary school that when he was only fourteen years old the Brothers engaged him as a substitute teacher. Despite the objection of his parents, who wanted to keep him at home, and the reluctance of the superiors, who thought he was too short of stature, he was finally admitted to the novitiate. From 1821 to 1841 he taught successfully in the network of elementary schools conducted by the Brothers out of the administrative center at Clermont-Ferrand.

In 1841 he was appointed Director of a school that was opening in Saugues, an isolated village on a barren plateau in southern France. For the next twenty years he worked quietly and effectively as teacher and principal to educate the boys in the village and some from the neighboring farms, many of whom were in their teens and had never been to school before.

Small as he was, he was known as a strict but fair disciplinarian. In time the little school became the center of the social and intellectual life of the village, with evening classes for the adults and tutoring for the less gifted students. Brother Benilde’s extraordinary religious sense was evident to everyone: at Mass with the students in the parish church, teaching catechism, preparing boys for first communion, visiting and praying with the sick, and rumors of near-miraculous cures. He was especially effective in attracting religious vocations. At his death more than 200 Brothers and an impressive number of priests had been his students at Saugues. At his beatification, Pope Pius XII stressed that his sanctification was attained by enduring “the terrible daily grind” and by “doing common things in an uncommon way.”

Born at Thuret, France June 14, 1805
Entered the novitiate February 10, 1820
Died August 13,1862
Beatified April 4, 1948
Canonized October 29, 1967

Author: Br. Luke Salm, FSC

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference – Lasallian Region of North America.

NOTE: This book is no longer available but may be found in libraries, especially those associated with Lasallian institutions.

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HESPA H Lasallian History, Heritage, and Tradition
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1 review for Br. Benilde Romancon

  1. Rated 3 out of 5

    georgefsc

    These small books are really helpful in developing a sense of the historical continuity of the Lasallian vocation, as lived by Brothers throughout history, and the kinds of characteristics that were valued as part of the Brothers vocation. Plus the individual stories are captivating.

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