- Jeremy Rich
was born in Poitiers, France on 16 September 1852 to relatively poor and fervently Catholic parents. He attended primary school in his hometown and encountered two priests from his neighborhood, Joseph Dubois and Louis Bernard. He fought in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 and exhibited some of the fiery courage that marked his entire life. After the war the priests from his hometown, Dubois and Bernard, encouraged Augouard to enter the minor seminary of Sées. While studying there, Augouard was inspired by Antoine Horner, a member of the Holy Ghost Fathers religious order, to consider missionary work in Africa. Horner’s description of Catholic evangelization on Zanzibar Island affected Augouard tremendously and in 1876 he was ordained a Catholic priest.
After spending a short time in the French town of Cellule, in the Puy-de-Dôme region, Augouard moved to the Gabonese capital of Libreville in 1877 Bishop Pierre Marie Le Berre ...