September 2 - Blessed Solomon le Clerq

Quick Facts

  • Son of a wealthy French wine merchant.
  • Though his father wanted him to pursue the family business, Nicholas early discerned a call to religious life.
  • On 25 March 1767, he entered the novitiate of the Brothers of Christian Schools, and took the name Solomon.
  • A good student, recognized for his piety and deep prayer life.
  • Spent several years teaching at various schools throughout France, and witnessed much of the political turmoil tearing his country apart.
  • Director of novices for his community, and frequent correspondent with his brothers and sisters on matters spiritual.
  • Procurator in the Congregation's motherhouse.
  • Secretary to the superior general of the order.In the summer of 1792, Brother Solomon, along with many other priests and religious, was imprisoned, and martyred as part of the French Revolution’s suppression of Christianity.