La Roche (Aymon) Charles Antoine De

La Roche (Aymon) Charles Antoine de a French prelate, was born at the chateau of Mainsat, February 17, 1697. He was at first canon of St. Peter's at Macon, and vicar-general of Limoges, before being consecrated bishop of Sarepta, August 5, 1725. He occupied successively the sees of Tarbes, 1729, Toulouse, 1740, Narbonne, 1752, before being appointed grand almoner, July 13, 1760, and archbishop of Rheims, December 5, 1762. He was created cardinal in 1771, invested the following year with the abbey of St. Germain-des-Pres, and consecrated Louis XVI on Trinity Sunday, June 11, 1775, having previously baptized him, given to him his first communion, and confirmed his union with Marie Antoinette of Austria. He presided over all the assemblies of the clergy of France from 1760 to 1775, having assisted at all the preceding assemblies from 1735. He was at the time of his death dean of the French episcopacy, having as his coadjutor Alexander Angelique, of Talleyr and Perigord, afterwards archbishop of Paris. He was distinguished for his modest piety and extreme benevolence. He died at Paris, October 27, 1777. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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