Born at Talencieux (Ardêche), September 14, 1837.
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, March 18, 1859.
Oblation at Montolivet, May 27, 1860. (no. 514)
Ordination to the priesthood at Autun, July 26, 1864.
Died at Aix-en-Provence, January 31, 1866.
Louis Pierre Frigère was born in Talencieux in the diocese of Viviers on September 14, 1837. After a few months of philosophy at the major seminary of Viviers, he began his novitiate at Notre-Dame de l’Osier on March 18, 1859. Father Vandenberghe, the novice master, always saw him in a positive light: “a strong prayer life,” “very good, virtuous and dedicated,” “capable, good spirit, rather generous.” He was sorry, however, that this novice “had a health that was not all that strong” and believed that he saw in him “a bit of self-conceit.”
Sent to Marseilles at the end of his first year of novitiate, he made his oblation in the presence of Bishop de Mazenod on May 27, 1860. Shortly after his oblation, he was seized with violent fits of spitting blood. It was believed that his life was in danger and he was sent to his family home to rest. He returned to the Midi in the fall of 1860 and was sent to Notre-Dame de Lumières where he remained until the spring of 1863. At the time, he seemed well enough to continue his studies at the scholasticate of Autun where he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Faraud on July 26, 1864. His illness was taking its course. Father Frigère spent the winter of 1864-1865 at Notre-Dame de Lumières. The summer of 1865, he spent at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, then went to spend the last months of his life at Aix where he died on January 31, 1866. Father Rambert, the superior at Aix at the time, communicated this news to Father Fabre on February 1 and added: “He died the gentle calm death of the predestined, the kind of death that is, as it were, the privilege of the Oblates of Mary who are faithful to the end. For ten days already, our beloved patient was suffering much more than usual. Death seemed imminent. His lungs hardly functioned any more. He breathed with extreme difficulty, almost always choking; inhaling was such an effort that it made him cry out [...] None of the consolations of religion and of family life were denied him. Entirely lucid, he received the last sacraments and the plenary indulgence in articulo mortis...”
Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.
Sources and Bibliography
Oblate General Archives in Rome. Oblation formula, May 27, 1860.
[Le père Louis Pierre Frigère], circular no. 29 by Father Fabre, Paris, February 3, 1866 in Notices nécrologiques O.M.I., vol. 1, Paris, 1884, p. 241-252.