A Note of Gratitude and Attribution from Dana Moore
All the biographical information for Pere Jean was collected by me, Dana Moore, over the past 19 years. I give special thanks to Father Abbot René of Saint Andrew’s Abbey in Bruges, Belgium for giving me access to the monastery’s archives on Pere Jean. I am grateful to Father Benoit of Saint Andrew’s Abbey for sharing his personal experience of supporting Pere Jean when he returned to the Abbey when he was too old to live in his hermitage. Father Benoit encouraged me to publish his story of the circumstances of Pere Jean’s death.
Madé Charrier with Pere Jean and his Dog, Chirpie, in 1968
I am most grateful to Gérard and Madé Charrier of Nancy, France. They were the first to meet Pere Jean in 1965 some months after he took up life as hermit in the southern French Alps in 1964. They were an idealistic young couple in their early twenties when they sought him out. They were to become his closest students, trusted friends and family. They have welcomed me into their home, allowed me to spend some time at Pere Jean’s hermitage and have given me access to their personal collection of Pere Jean’s documents.
I discovered Christian Yoga by Jean-Marie Déchanet in the Sterling Library at Yale University in 2,000. Since that time I have made several trips to Belgium and France to visit places where Pere Jean lived and to speak with people who knew him. The photographs on this site are published with permission of both Saint Andrew’s Abbey in Bruges and Gérard Charrier, President of the Association of the Friends of Pere Jean, located in Nancy, France.