Let’s pause in the narrative to study the figure of Father Guibert more closely.
He was born in Aix-en-Provence, December 13, 1802 and entered the major seminary in Aix in 1819. Four years later he joined the Missionaries of Provence and made his oblation in 1823 and 1824 and on August 14, 1825, he was ordained to the priesthood in Marseilles by Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod.
In 1826 he was appointed master of novices until 1828 when he was sent to Notre-Dame du Laus. For the next five years he was superior of the community, director of the Marian shrine and preacher of parish missions.
Yvon Beaudoin writes: “As superior of the major seminary of Ajaccio from 1835 to 1841, Father Guibert showed himself worthy of the confidence the Superior General had placed in him. In a few years, he succeeded in regaining possession of the former seminary and added three stories to it. The number of seminarians soon went from fifteen to more than one hundred with some competent professors, especially Father Albini for moral theology, Father Telmon for Sacred Scripture and Father Moreau for dogmatic theology. In order to obtain subsidies, Father Guibert often had to travel to Paris where he developed the acquaintance of and became friends with the government ministers and Louis-Philippe, the King. It was at this time that he displayed his talents as a diplomat in bringing about a reconciliation between Bishop de Mazenod and the King who wanted in no way to see a Bishop of Icosia in France, a bishop appointed in 1832 by Pope Gregory XVI without government authorization.
In Paris, the government, who, at the time, appointed the bishops, was not slow to look upon the superior of the seminary in Ajaccio as a candidate for a see. He was appointed to the see of Viviers. And on March 11, 1842, Bishop Eugene de Mazenod consecrated him bishop.”
As we will continue to reflect on the letters of St. Eugene, we will come across Fr. Guibert’s name very often. I thus only indicate a few events of his future life. He was Bishop of Viviers until 1857, and Archbishop of Tours until 1871, when he became archbishop of Paris unti his death in 1886. He was named a Cardinal in December 1873.
He was responsible for the building of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre in which he was buried in 1886
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