Henri Dominique Lacordaire
Pulpit orator, born Récy-sur-Ource, near Dijon, 1802; died Soreze, France, 1861.
Ordained, 1821, he was a collaborator of Lamennais for a while on the newspaper "L'Avenir," but after his master's condemnation he separated from him and returned to Paris where he began his famous conferences at Notre-Dame (1835).
In 1840 he joined the Dominican Order, and restored it in France, 1843; the conferences were then resumed and continued until 1852.
Elected member of the Chamber of Deputies, 1848, he founded a newspaper, "L'Ere Nouvelle," which had only a brief existence.
He soon retired from political life and became superior of the Military School of Soreze, where he died.
A member of the French Academy (1860), his most celebrated work, the "Conferences," met with great success; his biographies of Saint Dominic and Mary Magdalen, although of little historical value, are popular, as are also his "."
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