|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1855|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1938|
Born Albert Lagrange in Bourg-en-Bresse, Rhône-Alpes, France, on March 7, 1855, he obtained a Ph.D., from the Faculty of Law of Paris and after pursuing studies at Seminary of Issy, joined the Order of Preachers and began his Novitiate Year at Saint Maximin Var, where he took the name of Marie-Joseph on his Solemn Profession. His ordination to the Priesthood took place in Zamora on December 22, 1883.
He taught Church History and Holy Scripture for a while, then moved to the University of Vienna to hone his oriental languages skills. There, on February 5, 1889, he was assigned to leave for Jerusalem. Right away, he sketched a working programme, and on November 15, 1890, in a former Turkish slaughterhouse, in which the rings the animals were to be hung from were still to be seen, he opened what he insisted on calling l'École Pratique d'études Bibliques - Practical School for Biblical Studies.
Friar Lagrange was a partisan of the Encyclical "Providentissimus Deus" of Pope Leo XIII, inviting scholars to solve the difficulties created by a rationalist analysis of the Bible through an exegesis that would be at the same time rooted in tradition, but progressive. But some disliked his scientific approach and, as he was working doggedly to refute those who were questioning the essential data of Christian faith, he got censored and had to leave Jerusalem for a year, in 1912. Neither formally condemned nor rehabilitated, the Dominican remained heroically faithful to the Church. Through work and prayer, enlighted by his faith, and with great scientific rigour, he put his intelligence to the service of the Gospel and the truth.
Friar Marie-Joseph Lagrange died at the age of 83, on March 10, 1938, at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume's Convent in France, where his poor health had led him in 1935. He was buried there in the Dominican Cemetery. In November 1967, his remains were exhumed and transferred to Jerusalem. They were interred in Saint Stephen's Basilica, where they now rest.
The Cause for the Beatification of the Founder of the École Biblique was introduced in 1988, fifty years after his death.
Saint Stephen's Basilica
Yerushalayim (Jerusalem District), Israel
Plot: Crypt of the Basilica
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Aug 08, 2007
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