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Bishop, cardinal

FrenchBorn Achille LIENART

French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church

Born on February 07, 1884 in Lille, France , France

Died on February 15, 1973 in Lille, France

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Born in Lille to a bourgeoisie family of cloth merchants, Liénart was the second of the four children of Achille Philippe Hyacinthe Liénart and Louise Delesalle. He studied at College Saint-Joseph, the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, the Institut Catholique de Paris, Collège de Sorbonne, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1907, and then taught at the Seminary of Cambrai until 1910, and then at Lille until 1914. During World War I Liénart served as a chaplain to the French Army, and did pastoral work in his hometown from 1919 to 1928. As a priest, he championed social reform, trade unionism, and the Worker Priest movement.

On October 6, 1928, he was appointed Bishop of Lille by Pope Pius XI. Liénart received his episcopal consecration on the following December 8 from Bishop Charles-Albert-Joseph Lecomte of Amiens, with Bishops Palmyre Jasoone and Maurice Feltin serving as co-consecrators, in Tourcoing. He was created Cardinal Priest of S. Sisto by Pius XI in the consistory of June 30, 1930. By coincidence, one of the first priests he ordained, on September 21, 1929 was a certain Marcel Lefebvre, . Liénart's and Lefebvre's paths would be interwined during the following years, and it was Liénart who, as Cardinal, in 1947 would consecrate Lefebvre (who had been appointed as Vicar Apostolic of Dakar in Senegal), to the Episcopate.


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