Charles de Foucauld

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Charles de Foucauld 1858-1916. Foucauld was a French military officer converted in 1886. He became a Cistercian Trappist in 1890 and went to the Algerian Sahara in 1901 to live among Tuareg tribes people. He lived in a hermitage for "adoration and hospitality" in the middle of the desert. Slowly he learned the Taureg language and became a friend of these nomadic people. His life of isolation and simplicity was his testimony. During the agony of World War I and growing anti-colonial sentiments he was assassinated on December 1, 1916, by neighboring tribesmen. He was one of the early "Little Brothers of Jesus."

Submitted by John A. Lapp