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Feast day of Saint Louis Maria Grignion de Montfort April 28, patron saint of the children of Mary

Feast Day - April 28

Lived (January 31, 1673 - April 28, 1716)

Saint Louis’ life cannot be separated from his efforts to propagate true devotion to Our Lady. Louis chose "Totus tuus" as his personal motto; Pope John Paul II also chose it as his episcopal motto.

Born in the Breton village of Montfort, near Rennes, France, as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his Baptism instead of his surname, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, in 1700, he was ordained a diocesan priest.

Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with Church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion—not the custom then!—and imitation of the Virgin Mary’s ongoing acceptance of God’s will for her life.

Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, for priests and brothers, and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion.

Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, and a basilica was erected to honour him. He was canonized in 1947.

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