Bechtel entered the Jesuits in his native France and was sent to serve the Jesuit missions in the Midwestern United States and studied theology at the former Jesuit St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri. He taught Hebrew and Sacred Scripture at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, and was a contributor to the Catholic Encyclopedia articles, including: Pillar of Cloud; Plagues of Egypt, Machabees, etc.
- The Catholic encyclopedia and its makers 1917 "Bechtel, Reverend Florentine Stanislaus, S.J., b. near Haguenau, Alsace, 4 February 1857. Education: College of Providence, Amiens, France; Jesuit Scholasticate, Florissant, Missouri; Woodstock College, Maryland; University of Chicago;"
- "Florissant, Missouri". Turgigpedia. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
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