Pierre de Keriolet of Sainte Anne d’Auray !

I passed by it again today so many times it seems I live here… This is historical, architecturally stunning Sainte Anne d’Auray! I will be telling you about a popular personage here called Pierre de Keriolet and is buried in the Basilica of Sainte Anne (see posts). This is a new post using older pictures not yet in my blog, Hope you enjoy the post as I

This is on Pierre Le Gouvello, Lord of Kériolet, was a Breton penitent, born July 14, 1602 in Auray and died in odor of sanctity in 1660. He was the son of Olivier Le Gouvello, Lord of Keriolet, Kerlois and Talhouët-Salo, and Marie-Anne Guido. He spent his childhood in the Château de Kerlois (see post), in my current town of Pluvigner , the “bandit of God”, and had a turbulent life, his parents sent him to the Jesuit college in Rennes. Later , he was appointed councilor to the parliament of Brittany in 1628.


In 1636, he decided to go observe the Folles de Loudun (nuns who thought they were bewitched by the devil); he attends exorcisms. For a long time he was the bogeyman of the region to scare children. He was around 22 when, after stealing from his parents, he ran away from home: it was the beginning of a life of unimaginable adventures. He then decides to join the Grand Turk and become a Mohammedan. To do this, he takes a boat on the Danube, but cannot go beyond Hungary, he tries to embark for Constantinople from Venice, in vain. He then moved to Paris, embarked on debauchery and witchcraft: he was completely devoted to Satan. When he decides to return to Brittany, he is more violent than ever and quickly makes many enemies. His fury of the duel, despite the king’s ban, even pushes him to provoke the soldiers of the governor of Brittany.

Sainte Anne d Auray Bas Ste Anne Pierre de Keriolet may21

He was definitively converted by leading an existence in the most austere penance. He set an example of repentance, self-denial, and service to the poor, distributing his income to them and making available to them the proceeds of the sale of his office. He was ordained a priest on March 28, 1637. He transformed his castle into a hospice in which he welcomed the poor. He founded in Auray a general hospital dedicated to beggars coming to implore Saint Anne. Following his request, the Augustinians then came to settle in Auray in 1674. There is parking Keriolet in Auray today, He came to Auray as a pilgrim and a penitent. He gave everything to the cause of the Gospel, to the poor of the time, the wounded of today’s life, beggars, tramps, destitute. And that is his true signature.

He felled seriously ill on October 5, 1690, he received the sacrament of the sick and died on October 8: he was 58 years old. People came from all over to attend his funeral. He was buried in the Chapel of Sainte Anne, between the gate of the Choir and the steps of the Altar and one engraved on his tomb: « Here lies Pierre de Keriolet conquest of Mary. He was its faithful and zealous servant. », When the chapel was destroyed to make way for the current basilica, its remains were placed under the altar at the back of the basilica, on the north side, facing the tomb of Yvon Nicolazic.(see post).

The official sanctuary of Sainte Anne d’Auray, see Pierre de Keriolethttps://www.sainteanne-sanctuaire.com/default.asp?mode=histoire&id=636

The city of Sainte Anne d’Auray on the religious heritage https://www.sainte-anne-auray.com/religieux/

The local Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on the Basilica Sainte Anne d’Aurayhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/the-sanctuary-of-sainte-anne-d-auray

There you go folks, need to see this wonderful spot and very worth the detour for those traveling along the N24 or N165.  It is worth it to understand the history of Brittany as well as  France, and the beautiful architecture if not the religious fervor that it attracts. Hope you enjoy this side off the beaten path story on Pierre de Keriolet in Sainte Anne d’Auray. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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