Dom Denis Chambault, Pray for Us
Dom Denis Chambault was translated to glory on May 3, 1963. As Superior of d’Alleray Priory in Paris, Dom Denis (formerly "Lucien") cared for all the souls who came seeking advice or his charismatic gifts. (He was "an acknowledged healer" for the last 17 years of his life.) In addition to maintaining the traditional Benedictine life and hours, he served the ancient Roman rite Liturgy of St. Gregory (the so-called "Tridentine Mass"). His devotion and reputation attracted a following throughout the French capital, and he remains today an uncanonized saint.
Although a Frechman, this holy man played a pivotal role in the development of the Western Rite in North America -- a work that continues today. After having visited Dom Denis during a trip to Europe, current Vicar-General of the Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate Fr. Paul Schneirla was so impressed by the beauty of these services that he inquired about the Antiochian Patriarchate's view of the Western Rite. Metropolitan ANTHONY (Bashir)'s letter asking for elucidation reached the patriarch. To Fr. Schneirla's joyful surprise, the patriarch immediatley authorized the Western Rite.
The AWRV and Christminster Monastery carry on in the spirit of Dom Denis, and all his children happily commemorate him today. Until he takes his place among the saints connected to the Western Rite, may he ever intercede for us. Ora pro nobis!