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French Joseph POTHIER

born Joseph Marie POTHIER

Worldwide known French prelate, liturgist and scholar who reconstituted the Gregorian chant

Source :  Jacques RAPPENNE

Born: on December 07, 1835 in Bouzemont, France
Died: on December 08, 1923 in Florenville, Belgique


Born at Bouzemont, France, Dom Joseph Pothier joined Solesmes Abbey (1859) as a Benedictine monk under Abbot Dom Prosper Guéranger. He later was made sub-prior of Saint-Pierre-de-Solesmes (1862–1863 and 1866–1893), then superior of Saint-Martin-de-Ligugé Abbey (1893-1895 in Ligugé, 1895-1898 as deputy to Saint-Wandrille on behalf of Ligugé Abbey). He was eventually appointed abbot of Saint-Wandrille-de-Fontenelle (installed on the abbey throne on 24 July 1898), the Benedictine abbey in Saint-Wandrille-Rançon, Normandy - closed during the French Revolution - he had refounded since 1895, becoming its first abbot since the French Revolution, and also its first regular abbot since the 16th century.

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