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Charles De Condren

1588-1641. French preacher and theologian. Born in Vaubuin, he entered the priesthood in 1614, instead of following the expected military career, and became an Oratorian* in 1617. Already noted as a preacher and spiritual director, he was called to Paris in 1624 after founding houses at Nevers, Langres, and Poitiers. As second superior-general from 1629, he gave the order clearer aims and better constitution, and especially channeled its efforts into seminary education. Of great humility, he unsuccessfully tried to resign his office, concealed his strict asceticism, and refused to publish any writings. His teaching on sacrificial Christian life is of considerable interest, and some Tractarians* were influenced by posthumously edited works.