Born at Saint-Pierre (Ardèche), June 5, 1824
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, March 13, 1847
Oblation at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, March 14, 1848 (no. 188)
Dispensed from his vows, March 27, 1849.

Pierre Victor Perbost was born in Saint-Pierre, in the diocese of Viviers, on June 5, 1824. On March 13, 1847, he entered the novitiate at Notre-Dame de l’Osier where he made his oblation on March 14, 1848.

During his first year at the major seminary in Marseillles, the directors were unanimous “in recognizing in this scholastic brother semi-barbaric morals and habits, inability and unsuitableness for our ministry either in home missions or foreign missions.” He was dispensed by decision of the General Council on March 27, 1849. In a May 20, 1849 letter, Bishop de Mazenod levelled some criticism at Father Vincens, the master of novices. Among other things, he told him: “Perbost has been sent away for a total lack of capacity independently of his grossness beyond toleration. We must during the novitiate examine men about their talent. I do not claim that we should admit only geniuses, but there is a degree of ignorance and incapacity that is not admissible. This individual did not even have a share of piety.” (Letters to the Oblates of France, 1850-1855, Oblate Writings I, vol. 11, no. 1006, p. 253)

Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.