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Dom Gérard Calvet (November 18, 1927 – February 28, 2008) was a French Roman Catholic abbot and founder of the Sainte Madeleine du Barroux abbey in Le Barroux, France.[1] He was considered to be an important figure in contemporary Catholic traditionalism.[1]

Early life

Calvet was born in Bordeaux, Gironde on November 18, 1927.[1] He took his vows to become a Benedictine monk on February 4, 1951.[1] Calvet was ordained a Catholic priest on May 13, 1956.[1]

Sainte Madeleine du Barroux

Calvet and several traditional monks set out to found a new Benedictine abbey, Sainte Madeleine du Barroux, in Provence, France, after the Second Vatican Council.[1] The construction was completed during the 1980s. Calvet often allied himself with other Catholic conservative traditionalists, such as the Society of St. Pius X and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in order to perform pre-Vatican II rites, such as the Latin Mass, at the abbey.[1] As a result, Calvet's monastery often operated outside of the official recognition of the Catholic Church.[1]

Calvet also supported the foundation of the Chartres Pilgrimage, a three day annual pilgrimage for traditional Catholics from Paris to Chartres, France.[1] In 1986, he published Tomorrow Christendom, which sharply criticized the lack of Christian spirituality in Europe.[1] In 1988, Calvet objected to consecration of bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre without Vatican approval.[1] Calvet's decision to back the Vatican over Lefebvre in the dispute led to better relations between the Vatican and the Sainte Madeleine du Barroux abbey.[1]


Father Gérard Calvet died at the age of 80 on February 28, 2008. He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in the late 1990s.[1]


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