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Mauroit, Mansuet


Born at Vieux-Condé (Nord), November 28, 1830.
Taking of the habit at Talence, January 14, 1856.
Perpetual vows at Nancy, November 1, 1859 (no. 494).
Died at Rome, February 3, 1900.

Mansuet Mauroit was born in Vieux-Condé in the diocese of Cambrai on November 28, 1830, the youngest child of a family of five, three of whom became priests and one became a nun. Mansuet began his secondary studies, but decided to embrace religious life as a coadjutor brother. On January 14, 1856, he began his novitiate at Talence where his uncle, Father Hector Merlin was the superior. That is where Brother Mauroit pronounced his vows of one year on February 17, 1857. He was sent to Nancy on August 11, 1857 to prepare himself for his five-year vows. That is what Father Berne, the novice master, recorded in his notes of December 1857. He added: “A bit over eager and letting himself go easily enough when his confreres give him the scope to do so, but with a good disposition, good hearted and desirous of growing in his spiritual life. Is perfectly content with his calling in life and only asks to persevere even though he may be subjet to certain bouts of discouragement which should be better controlled.”

Brother Mauroit pronounced his five-year vows in the presence of Bishop de Mazenod on February 28, 1858 and remained in Nancy where he was needed to do the tailoring. In 1859, Father Guinet, the master of novices, occasionally mentioned Brother Mauroit in his notes. He found him “good enough,” but sees with regret that he had his “dark moods” when “his wounded self-esteem causes him to become somewhat upset.”

Brother Mauroit made his perpetual oblation at Nancy on November 1, 1859. According to the 1862-1863 Personnel Registry, he returned to Talence to take care of his uncle, Father Merlin who died in 1863. He was subsequently assigned to the scholasticate at Autun until the expulsions of 1880. He followed the scholastic brothers to Inchicore from 1880 to 1884, to Belcamp Hall from 1885 to 1888, then to Rome from 1889 until his death which occurred after a few days of illness on February 3, 1900. His remains were laid to rest in the vault of the Oblates in the cemetery of Campo Verano in Rome.

Throughout his entire life, he worked as a tailor and there was no lack of demand for his services from the scholastic brothers. The author of his obituary wrote: “It was in Rome that he spent the last years of his life. It was there he continued to sanctify himself in the meticulous carrying out of his humble service, always offering the example of a consummate exactitude in his religious duties as well as being the delight of all the brothers because of the exquisite tactfulness of his heart in which there seemed to be engraved the last words spoken by the dying Founder: Charity! charity!”

Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.

Sources and Bibliography
Oblate General Archives in Rome. Formulas for vows of one year, five year and perpetual vows. Notes written by Brother J. M. Rouillard on the latter years and the death of Brother Mauroit, handwritten, two sheets; typewritten obituary, 3 pages. One letter to Father Fabre, 2 to Father Sardou and 7 to Father Tatin (1885-1900).
GUINET, Antonin, o.m.i., “Une bénédiction du Pape [Brother Mansuet Mauroit]” in Petites Annales de la Congrégation des Missionnaires O.M.I., vol. 10, (1900), p. 99-103.

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