Dom Bernard Botte (1883 – 1980)
a monk of Mont César and first director of the Institut Supérieur de Liturgie, in Paris, from 1956 to 1964. He inspired the idea, expressed most notably in Sacrosanctum concilium, that efforts of liturgical renewal would be futile without proper liturgical formation of priests, since that had long been his deep conviction. In the early 1950’s he organized summer study sessions for liturgy professors at Mont César. In 1956 he was named director of the Institut de Liturgie in Paris; he continued in this position for eight years and left a permanent mark. Scholars to whose formation he contributed are a major part of his legacy. He is the author of Le mouvement liturgique: Témoignage et souvenirs, (1973) tr. From Silence to Participation (1988).
He chaired Coetus XX in the post Vatican revision process
© James Leachman, O.S.B., 15 February 2011