The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Louis Edward Cestac

Blessed Louis Edouard Cestac, 1869The Venerable Louis Edward Cestac was born at Bayonne on 6 January 1801. After his ordination to the priesthood he became a canon in the cathedral of Bayonne. The great dangers which beset young girls in that city moved him to establish a society devoted entirely to girls who had fallen or were exposed to danger. Even during his lifetime it already numbered one hundred and sixty houses. Cestac had the happiness of receiving his own mother into the Congregation. He afterward added a department for those girls who desired to do penance for their sins. This branch gave excellent results. After a life full of labor for the love of God and the neighbor, Cestac died on 27 May 1868.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916