Pierre de Keriolet, the bandit converted

Anne, where the Carmelites had kept him a cell. Matthieu 10, ; Luc 6, Marc 13, From all around people flocked to his funeral. The first apparition took place at the fountain in August The bandit of Kerlois He was about 22 years old when, after robbing his own parents, he fled from home.

In this place, it is our privilege to see and hear the wonders which the Lord has done for his people and which have been experienced in this Church for almost four centuries, from the March 7th , when Yvon Nicolazic discovered the statue of St.

Yves Nicolazic, the witness of the apparitions We know nothing about the childhood and the youth of Nicolazic. As an adult, he was a just and upright, honest and hardworking man. He was also known for his piety and his special devotion to St.

Anne "his benevolent patroness". At the time of the apparitions, Yves Nicolazic was thirty years old. He had been married for almost ten years to Guillemette Le Roux, and both were grieved by their childlessness. Tradition holds that there was formerly a chapel dedicated to St. This field seemed moreover to be blessed: Another strange fact remains that oxen had always refused to pull the plow there. Nicolazic himself had, in one single day, broken two harnesses.

Work had to be done by hand. The phenomenon was repeated several weeks later. It was thus in a family home that St. But these early events are not yet apparitions, they are just the announcement, the prelude, and this is how St. The first apparition took place at the fountain in August After work, Nicolazic was leading his oxen to water when, accompanied by his brother-in-law, Le Roux, he saw a majestic lady, radiant with light, smiling but she did not speak.

The following month, St. Today it has been in ruins for nine hundred and twenty four years and six months. I want it to be rebuilt as soon as possible, and I want you personally to attend to it. Anne, the message in these places, goes beyond the apparitions to Yvon Nicolazic. While Sainte Anne uttered no call to repentance or conversion during her apparitions, she chose another very forceful method, however,: Pierre de Keriolet Auray was born on July 14th, Despite a Christian education, as a child, he proved troublesome for his parents through his wickedness and violence, and so they decided to enroll him at the Jesuit college in Rennes.

But Pierre de Keriolet preferred to live the life of a libertine and brawler. The bandit of Kerlois He was about 22 years old when, after robbing his own parents, he fled from home. Thus began a life of inconceivable adventure. To do this, he took a boat on the Danube, but could not get beyond Hungary. He attempted to sail for Constantinople from Venice, but in vain. He then settled in Paris and threw himself into a life of debauchery and witchcraft.

When he decided to return to Brittany, he was even more violent than ever and quickly made many enemies. His thirst for duelling, despite prohibition by the king, led him so far as to provoke the soldiers of the governor of Brittany. This rage led him to become a soldier and thus to participate in the Italo-German wars. His father died at that time, leaving him and his sisters an important legacy.

Pierre de Keriolet then became a Huguenot and obtained from his family significant benefits to his inheritance in exchange for his return to the Catholic Church and so gained control of an immense fortune.

Later, he had the ambition to become a magistrate in the parliament of Brittany, the highest court in the province. He bought his way into office, sat a small exam which he could not avoid and passed! It was an enormous scandal. He could, whenever it pleased him, create division, souring the cases to the extent that they ended up being settled by the sword. At the same time he multiplied his conquests, delighting in "spoiling the prettiest and deceiving the silliest.

He also recited a "Hail Mary" every day: But after a week he came out and became worse than before. This was in Pierre de Keriolet was leading a rich and glorious life: It was then that he heard of strange events happening in the town of Loudun. It was rumoured that all the nuns in a convent were possessed by the devil and that there were exorcisms.

Out of curiosity, Keriolet hurried there with two fellow libertines. For four days he attended the exorcisms and was impressed. On the fifth day, he was taken to task by a lay sister who was being exorcised. She spoke to him and related specific facts from his life, reminding him of his unfulfilled vow to go on a pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Liesse and of his stay in the Chartreuse monastery.

Is it possible for such a man to receive mercy? Defeated, Keriolet made a public confession and confessed to Father Archange, the exorcist of Loudun. It was January 3rd, , Keriolet was 34 years old and had been touched by grace. Eleven years after the apparitions of St. Anne to Nicolazic, the pilgrimage was in full boom and Keriolet was to help its development by his generosity. Chaplain to the poor On March 7th, , he was ordained deacon, and on March 28th of the same year, Bishop Rosmadec ordained him priest.

The impossible became reality: His home became a veritable hospital for beggars. He gave special attention to the sick and infirm, seeing Christ in every one. The years passed, and where Keriolet had inspired fear before, he now inspired respect and veneration.

He always wanted to comfort and soothe and was filled with compassion for sinners. In he fell ill. It was a severe test, for although moved by grace, he still feared to appear before God because of his past life which tormented him incessantly. His health improved and he continued his mission despite severe fatigue. He came more and more often to the Shrine of St. Anne, where the Carmelites had kept him a cell.

On the night of 21st to 22nd September , he became seriously ill. On October 5th he received the sacrament of the sick, and died on October 8th. He was 58 years old. From all around people flocked to his funeral. He was buried in the chapel of St. Anne, between the gate of the choir and the altar steps. Engraved on his tomb we read: He was a faithful and zealous servant.

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