Monday, June 24, 2013

Fr. Augustine Mary (Hermann Cohen) Discalced Carmelite

(Translated by Google)

Born November 10, 1820 in a distinguished Jewish family of Hamburg (Germany), Hermann studied piano from the age of 4 and was soon recognized as a child prodigy. At age 12, he went to Paris to become a student and protégé of Franz Liszt. He then joined a brilliant Parisian circle attended including George Sand, Alfred de Musset and Marie d'Agoult. From 1842 to 1846, Hermann Cohen travels through Europe and made concerttours, while composing piano works.

In May, 1847, one day he led the choir at Saint-Valere, he felt touched by divine grace upon the elevation of the Blessed Sacrament. Hen then decided to convert to Catholicism. Hermann Cohen was baptized August 28, 1847. Converted under the influence of the Eucharist, he inaugurated and founded December 6, 1848, in the Parisian Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, nocturnal adoration. 

Thirty years later, December 6, 1878, he gave birth to the work of the Adoration of the Montmartre hill. September 30, 1849, he entered the novitiate of the Carmelites Broussey. He received the habit and the name Brother Augustine Mary of the Blessed Sacrament. He made his religious profession October 7, 1850 and wasordained a priest on April 19 of the following year.

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Father Hermann was the spiritual confidant of young and old alike, protector of Bernadette Soubirous at a time when it faced the onslaught of skeptics, a close friend of the holy Curé of Ars and Pope Pius IX. He also played a role in the founding of convents in Bagneres-de-Bigorre (1853), Lyon (1857), Tarasteix near Lourdes (1857) and London (1862), where he had become known for his career as an artist. He spent some years in England, at the request of Cardinal Wiseman and with the blessing of Pope Pius IX, in order to restore the Order of Carmel, disappeared from the Anglican Reformation. 

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In September 1870 occurs the Franco-Prussian War and the collapse of the French armies. Hermann, a German national, had to leave France and take refuge in Switzerland. It is proposed to become the chaplain of French prisoners at Spandau (near Berlin). On the occasion of an epidemic of smallpox, Hermann assists contaminated prisoners and in turn contracted the disease. January 19, 1871 on his door one last time communion. With the presence of his Savior, he rendered his soul to God in the singing of the Salve Regina.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

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