Chinese statesman and Benedictine monk. The son of a Protestant catechist, he held various high government offices. He became a RC in 1911. In 1927 he entered the abbey of St-André near Bruges. His intention of returning to the East to establish a Benedictine Congregation in China was frustrated by ill-health. He saw Christianity as the fulfilment of Confucianism, finding St John's doctrine of the Logos paralleled by Lao-Tse's teaching of the Tao.