Augustin Calmet ~ Bio
Calmet was a pious monk as well as a learned man, and one of the most distinguished members of the Congregation of St. Vanne. In recognition of these qualities he was elected prior of Lay-Saint-Christophe in 1715, Abbot of St-Léopold at Nancy in 1718, and of Senones Abbey in 1729. He was twice entrusted with the office of Abbot General of the congregation. Pope Benedict XIII wished to confer episcopal dignity upon him, but his humility could not be brought to accept the honor.
Calmet was greatly admired by the philosopher Voltaire, who visited the abbey on several occasions.
Calmet died at Senones Abbey, in the Vosges, near Saint-Dié, on 25 October 1757.