St. John Eudes


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/19


Also known as
    Jean Eudes

Memorial
    19 August

Profile
    Farmer's son who attended the Jesuit college at Caen at age 14. Joined the Congregation of the Oratory of France. Studied at Paris and Aubervilliers. Priest. Ministered to plague victims. Missionary and preacher, working well over 100 missions. Worked against Jansenism. Established seminaries. Founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary Eudists on 25 March 1643 to promote virtuous secular parochial clergy not bound by vows, but dedicated to improving the clergy through seminaries and missions; due to opposition by Oratorians and Jansenists, he never obtained papal approval. Founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity who worked for the welfare of penitent women. Author of the liturgical devotion of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Born
    14 November 1601 at Ri, Normandy, France

Died
    19 August 1680 at Caen, Normandy, France

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

Beatified
    25 April 1909

Canonized
    1925



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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