Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Memorial of Saint John Eudes

According to Wikipedia, Saint John Eudes was:

- born at Ri, France on November 14, 1601
- took a vow of chastity at the age of 14
- on 25 March 1623 joined the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri a.k.a. the Oratorians
- ordained a priest on 20 December 1625
- in 1641 founded the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge to provide a refuge for prostitutes who wished to do penance
- founded the Society of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) for the education of priests and for missionary work at Caen on 25 March 1643
- established the Society of the Heart of the Mother Most Admirable
- composed the Mass and Office proper to the feasts of the Holy Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus and thus was given the title of "Author of the Liturgical Worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Heart of Mary" in 1903
- died at Caen on 19 August 1680
- canonized in 1925

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