Teilhard de Chardin Grave at Advent Season


Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the Church is heading into the Advent Season this weekend. The above photo is of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s grave in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. The photo is courtesy of Jacqueline and Pierre Francois and The Teilhard Project. I thought it is fitting as I am hopeful that we will be witnessing a rebirth on the ideas of Teilhard de Chardin in the next few years.

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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7 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Grave at Advent Season

  1. claire46 says:

    Beautiful, William. Thank you!

  2. claire46 says:

    As I look at the photo and find out the place, I realize as if for the first time the Teilhard remained in exile even in death…

    • Thank you for the kind words. Yes, the picture definitely emphasizes how ostracized he was. Yet, everything I have read from his acquaintances was that he radiated a deep joy in his later years. He was at peace with both his relationship with the Creator and his legacy.

      It sounds like you have had an amazing experience yesterday at the Papal audience. Thank you for sharing the pictures. (It’s cold in Wisconsin, USA also 🙂

  3. This place is less than two hours from where I live. A friend was there last year, and she took a photo for me. I got her the instructions on how to find the grave, which is not so easy to find and requires a key to the graveyard I think, from Fr. James Martin SJ, God bless him. One day… one day…

    Thankful for you and for this blog!

  4. ptero9 says:

    Wow, I didn’t know he was buried in Poughkeepsie! My good friend Regina who recently passed lived in Poughkeepsie. Now I have two reasons to go there.
    Thanks for all you do here SIr William. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  5. Lynda says:

    Thank you for this beautiful glimpse into Teilhard de Chardin’s resting place. It is sad that he was in exile most of his life and I think of those words of Jesus from Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.

  6. Ponder Anew says:

    wow, a very special visual keepsake. Similar to how I feel about having a picture of Aquinas’ grave in Toulouse. Thank you.

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