New book on Prince-Abbot Joseph III


Fr. Raphaël Steck of the Mission Gallicane d’Alsace, who is a member of the Order of the Crown of Thorns, has published a life of Prince-Abbot Joseph III (Mgr. Joseph René Vilatte) in pictures. The images he has selected include many extremely rare and previously unseen early documents and photographs, accompanied by text which traces his life from humble origins in Paris to his consecration in Ceylon, reception of the Order of the Crown of Thorns and Abbey-Principality of San Luigi, missions in the Americas, France and England, and eventual reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church in his homeland. The book will be an essential purchase for all who are interested in this crucial figure in the development of the independent sacramental movement.

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