Venerable Jean-Louis-Marie-Joseph Querbes

Venerable Jean-Louis-Marie-Joseph QuerbesProfile

The son of a tailor, he was born in the middle of the French Revolution, baptized the day of his birth, and a bomb destroyed his home when he was one day old. Educated in the parish school of Saint Nizier and the Saint Irenaeus seminary, his classmates included Saint John Mary Vianney, Blessed Jean-Claude Colin and Saint Marcellin-Joseph-Benoît Champagnat. Jean-Louis was drawn to the Jesuits, but the Order was outlawed in France at the time. He was ordained a priest on 17 December 1816. He first served as a parish priest at Saint-Nizier in Lyon, then in 1822 was transferred to the parish of Saint Bonnet in Vourles, France where he served the remaining 37 years of his life. Between 1826 and 1831 he established a group of catechists that would become the Congregation of the Clerics of Saint Viator (Viatorians) teaching order. The Viatorians received papal approval in 1838, and continue their good work in places around the world today.




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