Arnold was born to Claude and Anne Flausset Reche. His father was extremely religious albiet poor shoemaker. Arnold's parents raised him into a strong religious household. Arnold taught catechism to the younger children. When Arnold became a young adult, he began to drift towards a more secular life.
After many odd jobs, Arnold began classes conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Arnold joined the LaSalle Brothers in 1862 at age 28, taking the name Brother Arnold, and making his final vows in 1871.
Arnold treated the wounded in the trenches during the Franco-Prussion War, and was awarded the bronze cross for his work. Taught at the Brothers boarding school at Rheims, France. Director general of the house at Courlancy from March 1890 till his death a few months later.
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