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De Foucauld, Charles Eugene (1858–1916)

  1. Robert L. Gallagher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0394

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gallagher, R. L. 2011. De Foucauld, Charles Eugene (1858–1916). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


A French explorer, hermit, and missionary, Charles Eugene de Foucauld was born in Strasbourg. Although coming from a devout Catholic family, he lived a depraved life as an aristocrat and a cavalry lieutenant in Algeria and Morocco. In 1883–1884 de Foucauld secretly explored Morocco, and four years later published Reconnaissance au Maroc. For his scientific observations during this expedition he was honored by the Paris Geographical Society.


  • french explorer, hermit, and missionary;
  • spiritual searching;
  • De Foucauld's first monastic rule;
  • the little brothers of jesus, living a contemplative life today;
  • catholic orders, tamanrasset as their spiritual center