Dancel, Jean Ciarles Richard
Dancel, Jean Ciarles Richard a French prelate and theologian, was born in 1761 at Cherbourg. He went to Paris; entered the society called the Robertines; was admitted to the Sorbonne as socius; obtained a chair of philosophy; in 1792 went to England, and there taught mathematics; returned to France in 1801, after the concordat; entered the chapter of Coutances; became grandvicar, then rector of Valognes and archdeacon in 1805. October 28, 1827, he was consecrated bishop of Bayeux, and distinguished himself by his zeal for the extension of seminaries. He died April 20, 1836, leaving Apologie du Senrment Civique (1790). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.