Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque

Blessed Jean-Baptiste FouqueAlso known as

  • the Saint Vincent de Paul of Marseilles



Jean-Baptiste grew up in a pious household, the son of Louis Fouque and Adèle Anne Remuzat. He studied at the school run by Servant of God Joseph-Marie Timon-David. Ordained a priest in Marseilles, France on 10 June 1876. Parish priest in the French cities of Auriol and La Major from 1876 to 1888; he was assigned to the Sainte Trinité parish on 15 April 1888, and served there the rest of his life, over 38 years.

In December 1891, his vicar-general asked Father Jean-Baptiste to organize care for orphans and abandoned chilldren. He founded “Le Sainte Famille” home for girls, which was eventually given to the care of Presentationist nuns, and used it as a model for opening other houses around the diocese, some for young girls, some for young boys, and some for those old enough to work as domestics. Opened “L’oeuvre de Salette” home for the elderly and infirm in an old convent in 1905. During World War I, 1914 to 1918, he worked to help the wounded and displaced.

There was little money available after the war to continue his work, but Father Jean-Baptiste convinced some physicians to donate their time to care for the poor and neglected. By 1919 the need for their work was so obvious that he was able to start contruction on a hospital for the poor, and opened the Saint John Hospital on 20 March 1921.





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