Ratisbonne, Alphonse

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Ratisbonne, Alphonse Gender: M
Charles Alphonse Ratisbonne
born on 1 May 1814 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Strasbourg, France, 48n35, 7e45
Timezone LMT m7e45 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 10°01' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°33 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 17°24'

Alphonse Ratisbonne (Bust at Ratisbonne Monastery, Jerusalem)
photo: Gilabrand at English Wikipedia, license gfdl


French Jew who converted to Catholicism and became a Jesuit Catholic priest and missionary.

He later was a co-founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, a religious congregation dedicated to the conversion of Jews to the Catholic faith.

In 1858, Ratisbonne established the Convent of Ecce Homo in the Old City of Jerusalem for the Sisters of Sion. In 1860, he built the Convent of St. John on a hilltop in Ein Karem, then a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. In 1874, he founded the Ratisbonne Monastery for the priests of the congregation.

Ratisbonne died in Ein Karem on 6 May 1884.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate quoted in a page of an unnamed book in Didier Geslain archive, 'R' pdf file, p. 8.

Sy Scholfield found same data in "Alphonse Ratisbonne, vie authentique: La jeunesse, 1814-1842 (2 vols.)" by René Laurentin (O.E.I.L., 1986), p. 15: "Naissance du numéro 11 Premier mai 1814, 24 jours après l'abdication de Napoléon à Fontainebleau, à 2 heures du matin '. Alphonse Ratisbonne naît à Strasbourg."


  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Jew who converted to Catholicism)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Jesuit Catholic priest)
  • Vocation : Religion : Missionary