New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Peter Fourier

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Pierre Fourier, by Ott Frères, 1900; nave of the church of Saint-Pierre of Bourg-Bruche, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, France; photographed on 28 September 2015 by Ralph Hammann; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor; called “the Good Father of Mattaincourt”; born Mireoourt, Lorraine, 1565; died Gray, Haute-Saone, 1640. He was educated at the University of Pont-a-Mousson and was ordained in 1589, having become a Canon Regular of Saint Augustine. He later reformed the Lorraine branch of this order, organizing with them, in 1629, the Congregation of Our Saviour, of which he became head. He restored the Faith in Mattaincourt and reclaimed the Principality of Salm from Calvinism. In 1598 he founded the Congregation of Notre Dame, who teach poor girls gratuitously; he is also founder of the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception, or “Children of Mary“. His exile to Gray followed his refusal when the French Government asked him to swear allegiance to Louis XIII. Represented in art with a rochet, distributing pictures of the Blessed Virgin and chaplets to children. Canonized, 1897. Feast, 9 December.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Peter Fourier”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 August 2018. Web. 2 March 2021. <>