Cossart, Laurent Joseph
Cossart, Laurent Joseph, a French ecclesiastic, was born August 10, 1753, at Cauchy-la-Tour near Lillers. After having been master of theology at the grand seminary of St. Nicholas du Chardonnaet, he was appointed superior of the seminary of St. Marcellus. From this he passed to the diocese of Boulogne, when he was made rector of Wimille. Cossart fell into official difficulties, and was obliged to retire to the Netherlands, where he found his bishop, who had already preceded him. The invasion of the Netherlands by the French again driving them north, Cossart went to Dtisseldorf. He died in 1830. While at Dusseldorf he published the Memoir du Clerge, a new edition of which appeared at Lyons and Paris in 1824. He also wrote, Cours de Prones (1816), in collaboration with other ecclesiasts: — Science Pratique du Catechiste (1838, 1839). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.