The PISAI adds its condolences to those of the Society of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) for the death of Father Charles Mayaud, who died on Friday 9 October 2020, in Billère (France), at the age of 92 years, of which 68 years were spent as a missionary in Italy, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Lebanon and France.
Charles Mayaud was born on 21 April 1928 in Saumur, in the diocese of Angers. He was accepted into the novitiate of the Missionaries of Africa on October 1, 1947 at Maison-Carrée (Algeria). He continued his theological training in Carthage (Tunisia), where he took his missionary oath on 7 April 1952. He was ordained priest on June 28, 1952, in Thibar (Tunisia). His first assignment was as professor of French at the Minor Seminary of the White Fathers in Treviglio, in the Diocese of Milan. He stayed there from 1953 until 1960. Father Charles was then appointed as professor at the Greek-Catholic Seminary of Rayak (Lebanon), followed by two years of study of literary Arabic in Tunisia at what was then called the IPEA (Pontifical Institute of Arabic Studies), now the PISAI, where he worked as bursar and secretary for three years (1965-1968), after the Institute’s transfer to Rome. He returned to the PISAI in the years 2006-2008, this time as Prefect of the Library, after long years of missionary life in Algeria, Libya, France and Tunisia.
The PISAI offers its sincere condolences to the family, confreres and friends of Father Charles Mayaud. Our Institute will never forget his warm and affectionate mood.