Charles-Alexandre de Richery

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Charles-Alexandre de Richery (born July 31, 1759 in Allons , † November 25, 1830 in Aix-en-Provence ) was a French Roman Catholic clergyman and bishop .

life and career

Priest in exile

Richery, whose uncle was a canon of the cathedral of Senez , attended the high school of the Oratorians in Aix-en-Provence, graduated from the Saint-Sulpice seminary in Paris and was ordained a priest in 1785. At the outbreak of the French Revolution he was vicar general of the diocese of Senez. As a monarchist, he refused to take the oath on the civil constitution of the clergy and fled to Rome via Puget-Rostang and Nice . There he lived in the vicinity of Cardinal Jean-Siffrein Maury and associated with Adelaide and Victoire of France . Before the French troops took Rome, he avoided other Italian cities. In 1801 he returned to his homeland and lived as a retiree.

Bishop of Fréjus and Archbishop of Aix-en-Provence

In 1817 Richery was from King Louis XVIII. proposed to the bishopric of Fréjus , but could not be ordained bishop until 1823 and take office in October 1823. He did a lot for the reconstruction of the long orphaned diocese and built a new hospital in Fréjus in 1827 . In 1829 he moved to the Archdiocese of Aix and witnessed the July Revolution of 1830 there . Weakened by the grief, he died in November at the age of 71 and was buried in Aix Cathedral.


  • Louis Porte: Histoire du diocèse de Fréjus-Toulon . Editions du Lau 2017, pp. 117–120.

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