Canonization of Brother Solomon Leclercq
Posted on October 10, 2016 at 2 PM
The Lasallian family will celebrate the canonization of Brother Solomon Leclercq, the first Lasallian martyr and patron of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy with a Eucharistic Celebration on October 17, 2016, 12 pm at the University Chapel.
Guillaume Nicolas Louis Leclercq also known as Saint Brother Solomon (Nicholas Leclerq), was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) on 13 November 1745. Her family was a family of merchants and thus a well-off family.
Once his studies were completed by the Brothers, his parents wanted him to enter the family business. He preferred the religious life and entered the novitiate of the Brothers in 1767.
He was successively professor of mathematics, master of novices and econome of the great center in Maréville. He took part in the General Chapter of 1787 where he was appointed secretary. At the end of the Chapter, he became secretary to Brother Agathon, the Superior General.
Then came the terrible days of the French Revolution. The Brothers were forced to disperse to escape persecution against the clergy and religious. He decided to stay to keep the General House on Rue Neuve in Paris hoping to remain incognito. But to no avail.
Arrested in August 15, 1792 he was imprisoned in the Carmelite convent transformed into a prison by the revolutionaries. In September 2, he was beheaded for refusing to take the oath to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy (an independent parody of the Church cut from the pope and attached to the government). Beatified by Pope Pius XI the 17th October 1926 with a group of other 190 victims of these terrible years, he was until 1948 the only beatified of our Congregation. Due to a miracle that happened in Caracas (Venezuela) in 2007, approved in 2016, Brother Solomon will be the only canonized of the 1926 group, by Pope Francis, in October 16, 2016.
For an Illustrated Brief Biography of Bro Solomon Leclercq, please click the following links:
|Brother Solomon Leclercq pamphlet|
|Brother Solomon Leclercq comics|