April 30, 1640, Rouen, France.
November 28, 1686, Villiers sur Fere, Soissons, France.
Born to poor parents, le Tourneaux showed uncommon ability at an early age, and attracted the notice of M. du Fosset, Maître des Comptes at Rouen, who sent him to the Jesuit college at Paris, where he made remarkable progress in his studies.
He then moved to Touraine, where he spent some time with a pious ecclesiastic in the practice of prayer and penitential exercises. His friend, observing that le Tourneaux had a gift for preaching, advised him to return to Rouen. This he did, adopted the clerical profession, and in 1662 was admitted to the priests’ orders by special dispensation, though still under canonical age.
He subsequently moved to Paris, where he employed his time in study, and in 1675 won a prize from the French Academy for prose composition. He was appointed to a canonry at Sainte-Chapelle, and later became prior of Villiers sur Fere, in the diocese of Soissons.
He wrote several theological and religious works, as well as some hymns which were inserted into the Paris Breviary of 1680, and the Cluniac Breviary of 1686 (in the latter, his signature was