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Peter Joseph Arnoudt

Jesuit writer on spiritual subjects (1811-1865)

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Amoudt (ZERNOUDT, ARNOLD), PETER JOSEPH, Jesuit writer on spiritual subjects, b. at Moere Belgium, May 17, 1811; d. at Cincinnati, July 29, 1865. He entered the Society of Jesus at Florissant, Missouri, in 1831. After the usual course of Jesuit training, he was appointed to teach in the colleges of the Missouri province of the Society. While engaged in teaching he proved himself to be a finished Greek scholar. During a dangerous illness, after his ordination as priest, Father Arnoudt bound himself by vow to labor with zeal to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Upon his recovery he wrote his great work “De Imitatione Sacri Cordis Jesu”. The MS. of this work he sent to Rome in 1846, but through some mishap it was mislaid for ten years. At the end of that period, having been approved by Father General Roothaan, the work was published “typis et sumptibus fratrum Caroli et Nicolai Benziger”, at Einsiedeln, 1863. It was translated into English by Father Fastre and published at Cincinnati in 1865. Translations were made in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Flemish, and Hungarian. The French translation, published at Besancon, passed through eighteen editions between the years 1864 and 1887. Sommervogel gives the titles of two English, two Flemish, and four French versions of Father Arnoudt’s work. Father De Smet, the missionary, is authority for the statement that Father Arnoudt left at his death the following MSS.—a Greek epic poem of about 1,200 verses, a collection of Greek odes, and a Greek grammar, and these ascetical works: “The Glories of Jesus”, “The Delight of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, and a collection of spiritual retreats entitled “The Abode of the Sacred Heart”.


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