Alexis Lépicier

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Alexis Lépicier
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeTarsus (titular see)
A picture of Lépicier in Tunisia.

Alexis-Henri-Marie Lépicier OSM (28 February 1863, Vaucouleurs, Meuse – 20 May 1936) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who was Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Religious.

Lépicier was born in Vaucouleurs, France. He joined the Order of Servants of Mary on 1 March 1878 in London. He attended the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice Paris and the Pontifical Urban University "De Propaganda Fide" in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on 19 September 1885 in London. He served as Master of novices from 1890 until 1892 and was a faculty member of Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum "De Propaganda Fide," from 1892 until 1913. He served as Rector of the Servite College, Rome from 1895 until 1913 and was General Procurator of his order in 1901. He was appointed Apostolic visitor and delegate to Scotland by Pope Pius X and was in Scotland from 1912-1913.


He was appointed titular Archbishop of Tarsus on 22 May 1924. He was appointed as Apostolic Visitor to the East Indies dioceses dependent on the Congregation for the Propagation of Faith on 11 June 1924, as well as serving as Apostolic Visitor to Abyssinia and Eritrea in 1927.


He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of Santa Susanna in the consistory of 19 December 1927 by Pope Pius XI and gained notoriety when he wrote that heretics must be killed [1]. He was then appointed as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Religious in 1928. He resigned the prefecture on the last day of 1935. He died in 1936.


  1. ^ Paris, Edmond. The Secret History of the Jesuits. 1982. Chick Publications, Ontario, CA. Pg 185)
Preceded by
Camillo Laurenti
Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Religious
17 December 1928–31 December 1935
Succeeded by
Vincenzo Lapuma