Born at Romans (Drôme), March 9, 1806.
Ordination to the priesthood at Valence, March 1, 1829.
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, July 1, 1854.
Oblation at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, July 2, 1855. (no. 389)
Died at Autun, March 18, 1861.
Jean-Baptiste Caille was born at Romans in the diocese of Valence on March 9, 1806. He was ordained to the priesthood on March 1, 1829 and was serving as parish priest of Montboucher near Montélimar when his bishop allowed him to follow through on his attraction for the religious life. On July 1, 1854, he entered the novitiate of Notre-Dame de l’Osier where he made his oblation on July 2, 1855. He was admitted to vows in the June session of the General Council. In the report of that session, the secretary wrote: “He entered novitiate with the most noble dispositions. Moreover, he passed all tests with flying colours and at the end of this critical year will have proved never to have wavered a single instant in his set purpose, and after having won the esteem and affection of all...”
After his oblation, he remained for a time at Notre-Dame de l’Osier as socius at the novitiate, pastor of the parish and chaplain of the convent of nuns. From the time of the foundation of the Oblate house at Autun in 1858, Father Caille was sent there and appointed parish priest of the parish Saint John the Baptist. He died on March 18, 1861 after an illness of a few days. In the 1862-1863 Register of Personnel we read after his name: “Priest with a solid prayer life, zealous, of an extraordinary basic goodness, convincing preacher, apt to win many souls [...] He was sent to Autun to take charge of the parish. He did an immense amount of good there. His death was deeply mourned...”
Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.
Sources and Bibliography
Oblate General Archives in Rome. Oblation formula, July 2, 1855.
VINCENS, Ambroise, o.m.i., provincial, “Le R. P. Caille,” Circular Letter no. 2, Marseilles, March 21, 1861 in Notices nécrologiques O.M.I., vol. I, Paris, 1884, p. 3-5.