Born at Carpentras (Vaucluse), August 8, 1804
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame du Laus, July 15, 1836
Oblation at Marseilles, July 16, 1837 (no. 69)
Expelled, May 5, 1841.
Cyriaque Antoine Chauvet was born at Carpentras, diocese of Avignon, August 8, 1804. He was already a priest of the diocese of Avignon when he entered the novitiate at Notre-Dame du Laus, July 15, 1836. According to the custom of the time with regard to novice priests, he participated in the parish missions of Mane (Basses-Alpes) and of Maussane (Bouches-du-Rhône) in January and April of 1837 and made his oblation July 16 of the same year.
He worked at Notre-Dame du Laus from July of 1837 to July of 1838. In September of 1837, Father Guibert asked that he be sent to Corsica, but the Founder left him at Notre-Dame du Laus where Father Mille had him preach a few parish missions. He then stayed at Notre-Dame de Lumières from July 1838 to September 1839, then at Aix until his being “ousted” from the Congregation, May 5, 1841.
In the Register of expulsions and dispensations, we read that, after a good novitiate, Father Chauvet revealed “the defects of his petty and super sensitive character” from the time of his stay at Notre-Dame du Laus. At Lumières and then at Aix, he never left off being discontented, grumbling and lacking fraternal charity. No superior wanted him in his community. In a May 4, 1841 letter, he himself asked to be dispensed from his vows. This was immediately granted to him in the council session of May 5 because of his anti-social character, a character ill-suited for the regular life and life in a religious community. In 1848, he asked to be readmitted to the Congregation, but his request was not granted.
Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.
Sources and Bibliography
Oblate General Archives in Rome. Oblation formula of July 16, 1837; May 4, 1841 letter to Bishop de Mazenod; Registry of expulsions and dispensations, p. 65-68.