Saturday, 2 August 2008

Memorial of Peter Julian Eymard

Peter Julian Eymard, the second person for whom today is memorial of, was:

- born 4 February 1811 at La Mure, Isère, France
- ordained a priest for the Diocese of Grenoble on 20 July 1834
- member of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers and Brothers) in 1839 where he worked as a spiritual advisor promoting devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the Eucharist
- founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (devoted to the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) in 1856
- (together with Marguerite Guillot) founder of the lay Servants of the Blessed Sacrament (a contemplative congregation of sisters with a focus on Eucharistic adoration) in 1858

He died on 1 August 1868. He was declared venerable in 1908, beatified in 1925, and canonized by Pope John XXIII on 9 December 1962. His feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church on 3 August.

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