“In all, more than fourteen hundred were murdered during the diabolic orgy of violence that constituted the September massacres. All done, of course, under the flag of "liberty"; a point immortalized in a small attic above the church. On the wall, alongside a faded streak of blood, one reads the desperate cry of an ill-fated prisoner:
‘Liberty, Liberty, what have they done to thee, what horrors are committed in thy name….’
In the crypt of the Church of St-Joseph-des-Carmes, built by the Carmelites between 1613 and 1625 and now the church of the Institut Catholique, are the tomb of Ozanam and the remains of the 120 priests massacred in this church on 2 September 1792, after fifteen days of captivity. In this crypt, Lacordaire remained attached to a cross for three hours.
This group of beati consists of 191 individuals who were martyred during the French Revolution, including 120 who were massacred at the Carmelite church (Les Carmes) on the rue de Rennes, Paris. They were imprisoned by the Legislative Assembly for refusing to subscribe to the constitutional oath that had been condemned by the Holy See. They were massacred by a mob with the connivance of the assembly.
Among them were these prominent figures: Augustine Ambrose Chevreux, OSB, the last superior general of the French Benedictines of Saint Maur, was imprisoned at Les Carmes in Paris and killed in the general massacre; beatified in 1931. Charles de la Calmette, count of Valfons. Francis de la Rochefoucauld, bishop of Beauvais. John Mary du Lau, archbishop of Arles, was also imprisoned in Les Carmes and murdered by the mob. Louis Barreau de la Touche, OSB, nephew of Augustine of Chevreux and monk of Saint Maur. Louis de la Rochefoucauld, bishop of Saints and brother of Blessed Francis (Benedictines).Share