Testament of Christian de Chergé

Prior to the capture of the monks, Dom Christian, the superior, wrote a testament to be opened and read if he died by violence. The text was opened on the feast of Pentecost, 26 May, shortly after the monks were killed.

If it should happen one day – and it could be today – that I become a victim of the terrorism which now seems ready to engulf all the foreigners living in Algeria, I would like my community, my Church and my family to remember that my life was GIVEN to God and to this country…