Jean Leclercq (monk)

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Dom Jean LeClercq, O.S.B. (31 January 1911 – 27 October 1993), was a French Benedictine monk, and author of a classic study on Lectio Divina and the history of inter-monastic dialogue.[1][2]

LeClercq is perhaps best known for his seminal work The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture.[3]


Leclercq was born in Avesnes, Pas-de-Calais, in 1911. As a young man, he entered Clervaux Abbey in Luxembourg, of which monastery he remained a monk until his death.


  1. ^ North American Benedictine Monasteries, Bulletin 49, January 1994
  2. ^ After Augustine: the meditative reader and the text by Brian Stock 2001 ISBN 0-8122-3602-5 page 105
  3. ^ Leclercq, Jean; Misrahi, Catherine, trans. (1961). The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture. New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 0-8232-0407-3.  [The French original was published in 1957]

Further reading[edit]

  • The most complete bibliography of his work may be found in E Rozanne Elder, ed, The Joy of Learning and the Love of God: Studies in Honor of Jean Leclercq, CS 160, (Kalamazoo, MI, 1995), ppp414–498.
  • Leclercq, Jean, Memoirs: From Grace to Grace, (Petersham, MA, 2000) [Leclercq's memoirs]
  • Bernard of Clairvaux: Studies Presented to Dom Jean Leclercq, 1973 ISBN 0-87907-823-5
  • Cultura umanistica e desiderio di Dio": Dom Jean Leclercq, Sansoni (Italy), 1965.