casa museu Déodat Roché Arques Aude 11190
Biography Deodat RochéHe was very concerned about the young spiritual and esoteric matters. Since 1890, he studied with his father occult writers of his time, among other things, Fabre d'Olivet, Papus, Edouard Schure, Sédir, Allan Kardec, Fabre des Essarts, etc.. At the age of fourteen he became aware of the tragedy that took place in the region in the thirteenth century as a result of the Catholic Crusade against the Albigensians. Hence his interest in the history and doctrines of the Cathars.
In 1896 he joined the "Independent studies esoteric" Papus and maintained a correspondence with Sédir. Then in 1899 he joined the Church Universal Gnostic, under the name of Theodotus, and in 1901 was ordained deacon in 1903, finally, the deacon is ordained Bishop Theodotus Gnostic Carcassonne, "His Highness Tau Theodotus," but shortly after, he distanced himself from the Church Gnostic teachings which he was frozen. After a law degree, he obtained a degree in philosophy with a work entitled Plotinus graduation he simplified the system Valentinians? he presented in 1903.
While he was still a student at Toulouse in 1900, with Dr. Louis Fugairon Sophronius, also a member of the Church Gnostic, he founded the magazine "The Rise of the Albigenses," which became in 1901, "The modern Gnosis" whose publication was halted until 1904, after completing a few exchanges with the Viennese magazine "Die Gnosis" Mr. Rappaport. Became a lawyer in 1901 and magistrate in 1906, first in Limoux, Carcassonne then, however, he remained connected to the philosophy participating journals and associations related to spirituality, as the "Company culture and ethics Psychical Research. " In Carcassonne, it will be launched at the Grand Orient de France, Masonic Lodge "The True friends together." He became "Venerable." and his whole life will be a member. In 1923, he became President of the Court of Castelnaudary, and was appointed Vice President in 1935 and President in 1939. His judicial career was interrupted by the Vichy regime, due to his masonic membership (but as it was no longer active, we took as fallacious pretext that occupied the history of religions and spiritism). It was thus removed from the Judiciary by the Vichy government in 1941, he remained until 1943, however, Béziers, where he was forced to retire from office. He was elected mayor of Arques in 1925, but resigned in 1935 and also elected Councillor of the Canton of Couiza after the Liberation in 1945, but in 1946 he finally left the political scene. From that moment, he could devote himself fully to his research and activities related to Catharism.
In 1921, he discovered the work of Rudolf Steiner. He wrote to Steiner in November 1921, he met in September 1922 in Dornach. He became a member of the Anthroposophical Society, and in 1924 a member of the Free University of Science of Mind.
In autumn 1948, Déodat Roché was the first issue of "Cahiers d'études Cathar" and in April 1950 he founded the "Society of memory and studies Cathars" which Lucienne Julien became the secretary and then the president after the death of Déodat Roché. But Simone Hannedouche was the main contributor to the Déodat Roché Cathar Studies from 1949 until 1971. Déodat Roché obtained the collaboration of many authors and researchers of all stripes, including René Nelli he was a friend.
Every year since 1956, Roché and Simone Déodat Hannedouche organized and animated summer camps in the Estagnol Rialsès Valley in the Hautes-Corbières. The summer holiday Society of remembrance and education Cathars was a place for meetings, exchanges, conferences and community life. The day began with a meditation before sunrise. There was also music, singing, Paneurhythmy (Peter Deunov), painting lessons, etc.. These summer camps were attended by many people motivated by a spiritual quest. Deodat Roche or were Hannedouche Simone presentations. Déodat Roché often referred to Rudolf Steiner and Peter Deunov.
Deodat Roche and the Company remembrance and education Cathars did place the memorial stone which lies at the foot of the pog of Montsegur. It was inaugurated on 21 May 1961.
Since 1996, the house Déodat Roché at the heart of the village of Arques has been transformed into an exhibition dedicated to Catharism.