Born at Salelles (Ardèche), September 6, 1821.
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, November 1, 1848.
Perpetual oblation at Marseilles, November 1, 1850. (no. 258)
Died at Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, March 20, 1899.
Augustin Chalvesche was born at Salelles in the diocese of Viviers, September 6, 1821, son of Marie Delayrolle and François Chalvesche, a farmer. He made the acquaintance of the Oblates in the course of a mission preached by the Oblates at Notre-Dame de Bon Secours.
He began his novitiate at Notre-Dame de l’Osier on November 1, 1848 and pronounced his vows of one year at Marseilles on July 15, 1849. He then left for Algeria where he remained until the Oblates were recalled in June 1850. He then received his obedience for the major seminary of Marseilles with responsibilities as infirmarian and to care for the linen. At the July 15, 1850 session of the General Council he was admitted to his quinquennial vows. The secretary wrote about him: “Lay brother Augustin, a young man filled with good qualities and religious virtues and who has already passed the test of his first vows, was unanimously admitted to make his second vows. All the priests of the seminary who see him every day have spontaneously spoken with one voice in praise of this worthy brother.” He made vows for five years on August 15, 1850 and his perpetual vows November 1 of that year on the recommendation of Father Tempier who stated that “this very hard working and very docile brother is prepared for anything and very regular in his observance.”
From 1853 to 1858, he was cook and sacristan at Le Calvaire and then was sent to take charge of the religious goods store of Notre-Dame de la Garde. He held that post for 34 years. After 1892, he was employed in various works in this house. He was sent to work as cook at Nice in 1894-1895 and then as cook to Notre-Dame de Bon Secours from 1896 to 1899.
While suffering from a severe cold, he developed pneumonia and died a holy death at Notre-Dame de Bon Secours on March 20, 1899.
Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.
Sources and Bibliography
Oblate General Archives in Rome. Oblation formula of quinquennial vows, undated; one letter to Father Fabre, July 18, 1879.
“Frère Augustin Chalvesche,” obituary no. 207 in Notices nécrologiques, vol. VII, p. 447-449.