De Badts was born in Poperinge on December 10th, 1837 as the son of Pieter De Badts and Euphemia Lazoore. He studied at the major seminary in Bruges, where he was ordained priest on December 19th, 1863.
First he was a teacher at the Saint Louis College in Bruges, from January until August 1864. After that, he was appointed curate in Voormezele near Ypres on August 19th, 1864. After spending 18 months there he was appointed curate in the Saint Eutropius parish in Heule on March 17th, 1866. His appointment as curate of the Saint Amandus and Saint Blasius parish in Waregem followed seven years later on July 12th, 1873. He remained there until October 29th, 1877. He was then summoned to Bruges to be a curate at the Our Lady’s Church and he stayed there until June 6th, 1883. That very same day he was appointed pastor of the Saint Audomar parish in Bissegem, where he remained until May 7th, 1855. Eventually he pastored the parish of Saint Peter in Chains in Dudzele from May 7th, 1885 until his death on November 19th, 1898.
He had a good relationship with Guido Gezelle, was correspondent for his political newspaper ‘t Jaer 30 (The Year 30) and wrote contributions for the magazine Rond den Heerd (By the Fireside). He wrote a Latin treatise and published "Leven van den heiligen Job, voorbeeld van allergrootste verduldigheid en bijzonderen patroon tegen allerhande gezwellen en zweeren" (Life of the Holy Job, Example of Ever Greatest Patience and Remarkable Patron Against All Sorts of Lumps and Sores) in Kortrijk in 1872.
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