The Last Monk of Tibhirine: A True Story of Martyrdom, Faith, and Survival

The Last Monk of Tibhirine: A True Story of Martyrdom, Faith, and Survival

by Freddy Derwahl

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The Last Monk of Tibhirine is the story of the Cistercian monk Jean-Pierre Schumacher, the last surviving member of a monastic community kidnapped and killed in Algeria. On the night of March 26, 1996, seven monks from the monastery Notre-Dame de l'Atlas of Tibhirine were kidnapped. Only two members of the community, Brother Jean-Pierre and Brother Amedee (since deceased) had the chance to escape. They did; and today Brother Jean-Pierre lives alone devoted to prayer and unconditional love and welcome. Author Freddy Derwahl was struck by the faith of Jean-Pierre and the book recounts his childhood in Lorraine through years of World War and recalls lost friends and brothers. Derwahl enlightens and illuminates the words of Jean-Pierre, and the profound witness of his brother monks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612615394
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Freddy Derwahl is a German journalist and author. He studied at Louvain, Aachen, and Paris and is the author of many books. This is his first to be translated into English.

Table of Contents

1 In the Shadow of Black Mountains 1

2 The Mill in Buding 12

3 War Years 23

4 The First Abduction 34

5 The Association in the Garden 45

6 Growing Tensions 58

7 "Mister Christian" 72

8 Into the Night 84

9 The Attack 101

10 The Day After 114

11 The Blood of the Brothers 125

12 Seven Heads 138

13 Hotel Bellevue 156

14 The Testament 168

15 Red Carpet for Tibhirine 191

About the Trappists 203

About the Author and Photographer 205

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From the Publisher

“Jean-Pierre Schumacher lived alongside the seven Trappist monks who were killed during the Algerian Civil War – men who witnessed to the grace and peace of Jesus Christ not only through their deaths, but their lives.” —Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

“This account provides a fascinating afterword to the well-known account of the original seven monks who were massacred and popularized by the film, Of Gods and Men.” —Brother Patrick Hart OSCO, Thomas Merton's former secretary

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