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August 19 - Saint John Eudes - Eudists - 1680 - Caen France cybrotius Priest (1601-1680) St. John Eudes was born in 1601 to devout and distinguished parents. He grew up in a village commonly known …More
August 19 - Saint John Eudes - Eudists - 1680 - Caen France cybrotius

Priest
(1601-1680)

St. John Eudes was born in 1601 to devout and distinguished parents. He grew up in a village commonly known as Ri in the diocese of Seez in France. He made a vow of perpetual chastity after his first Holy Communion. At school, where he was very proficient in his studies, he was conspicuous for his remarkable piety. He had the greatest love for the Blessed Virgin and burned with a marvelous love for his neighbor.
John enrolled himself in the Congregation of the Oratory founded by Cardinal de Berullé. Later, he was ordained a priest at Paris. He was made rector of the Oratorian house at Caen, but later withdrew from the congregation to educate suitable parishioners for the ministry of the Church. Accordingly, with five associates, he founded a congregation of priests and gave it the most holy names of Jesus and Mary. He opened the first seminary at Caen, and it was followed afterward by many others. To reunite women of immoral life with Christ, he founded the Institute of Our Lady of Charity, of which the Congregation of the Good Shepherd of Angers is a branch.
Among his other works of charity is the Society of the Admirable Heart of the Mother of God. Burning with singular love toward the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Fr. John was the first to promote their liturgical worship by divine inspiration. He also preached the Gospel in many villages and cities as an apostolic missionary. Weakened by so many labors, he passed away peacefully on the tenth of the Nones of August in 1680.