Blessed Henri Grialou

Blessed Henri GrialouAlso known as

  • Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus
  • Marie-Eugène de l’Enfant-Jésus



Son of Auguste Grialou and Marie Miral; his father died of pneumoniaStudied in Graves and Rodez in France; during his time in seminary he developed a devotion to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. His studies were interrupted by World War I; he served on the front lines, rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and was awarded the chevalier in the Legion of Honor with the military cross. He and his men believed they were under the protection of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In 1920 he discovered the writings of Saint John of the Cross and was drawn to the Carmelites. Ordained as a professed priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites on 4 February 1922, taking the name Marie-Eugène de L’Enfant-Jésus. Founded the Secular Institute of Notre-Dame de Vie in 1932 in Venasque, France. Definitor General of the Carmelites from 1937 to 1954. Pope Pius XII appointed him an Apostolic Visitor in 1948 with a mission to travel to Carmelite houses and revitalize the spritual lives of the brothers and sisters. Vicar-General of the Carmelites from 1954 to 1955.






traditus gratiae Dei (surrendered to the grace of God) – Venerable Henri’s life motto

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Henri Grialou“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 July 2021. Web. 28 January 2022. <>