« The rock singer, the Carmelite
and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. »
Pierre Éliane used to sing with Charlélie Couture, a rock musician. He travelled the world, going from festivals to concerts, but deep inside he felt an emptiness he could never fill. Through the musical notes of his songs, he was looking for God. But where to look?
At the age of 33, following some profound discussions with a Dominican friar, he gave up his guitar for the religious habit of the Carmelite Fathers. Then he fell in love with Thérèse of Lisieux: "I liked Thérèse's audacity, her radicality, her extremes." Depth has replaced the outer shell which had become "passé". In his convent, Pierre learned silence, learned to listen to God in prayer, and he devoured Thérèse's poetry.
And what if we put this poetry into song? Pierre took up his guitar and Thérèse began to sound in rock-blues and folk-rock: a Doctor of the Church in anglosaxon and mediterranean-style music!
He has since recorded 3 CD's: "THÉRÈSE SONGS", does concerts in France... but is now inhabited by God and by the words of Saint Thérèse...
Brother Pierre Éliane will be singing Thérèse's poems on Wednesday, 20 August, from 9:00 to 10h30 p.m., in Sainte-Rosalie Church, Boulevard Blanqui, 75013 Paris (near the Dominican priory of Saint-Jacques).
Métro : line #6, station "Corvisart"
Bus : line #21, stopping at "Glacière-Blanqui"
He'll also be taking part in the Prayer Vigil on Thursday, 21 August, at the Parc André Citroën. Details in our next bulletins. See you there !
Bertrand Lebouché, o.p.
English translation : Paul-Dominique Masiclat, o.p.