Louis Chauvel, alias Frère Antoine, died this Friday at the age of 98.
This man, a Cistercian religious, lived as a hermit for fifty years in a cave in the Rock of Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Var), reports
After a bad fall suffered on October 15, 2017, he had to leave the place and had since been accommodated in Dieulefit (Drôme).
[DEATH] It is with sadness that we learned of the # death of Brother Antoine, the # hermit who lived in a #grotto in #RocherdeRoquebrune.
The City, through the voice of the Mayor, #JeanCayron and his municipal council, sends its most sincere # condolences to his family and friends.
- City of Roquebrune-sur-Argens (@ Roquebrune83520) October 24, 2021
"An example of love, simplicity, generosity"
During the fifty years of his hermitage, Frère Antoine had become a local legend, to the point of having had to put up a sign at the entrance of his home on which was inscribed: "The cave of Frère Antoine is not a tourist curiosity. but a place of fraternal meeting.
After that, this "voluntary buried", as
had described it
, did not hesitate to discuss philosophy and spirituality with hikers.
It was "an example of love, of simplicity, of generosity," a long-time friend of the religious stressed to our confreres.
“Brother Antoine is gone.
He wanted to leave, feeling that he had nothing more to do on Earth, ”she declared.
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