Blessed Valentin Paquay – Feast Day – January 1

Today is Friday, February 3, 2023

Blessed Valentin Paquay was born on November 17 1828 in Tongres, Limburg, Belgium. He lived as a Franciscan priest stationed at a monastery in Hasselt Belgium where he served as the director of the Fraternity of the Franciscan Order and passed away on January 1 1905 in Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church and his feast day is celebrated on January 1 annually.

Blessed Valentin Paquay Biography
Date of Birth November 17 1828
Place of Birth Tongres, Limburg, Belgium
Profession Priest
Place of Work Belgium
Date of Death January 1 1905
Place of Death Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium
Feast Day January 1
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on November 9 2003 at saint peter’s square Vatican.

Blessed Valentin Paquay Life History

Jan Louis Paquay or better known as Joannes Ludovicus Paquay was born in November 17 1828 in Tongres, Limburg, Belgium. His parents were Hendrik Paquay and Anne Neven and he was the fifth born of eleven children.

Valentin Paquay first studied literature at a college in Tongres and joined St. Trond seminary school to study for priesthood but two years later, he left school after his father died in an unexpected twist in 1847. He then joined the Fransiscans and made his vows on October 4 1850, taking the name Valentine. He later resumed studies and received his holy orders June 10 1854 and was assigned to a monastery in Hasselt, Belgium, where he lived the rest of his life.

Valentin Paquay was a noted, popular and an eloquent preacher and served as a provincial definitor. In the monastery he was assigned, he served as sub-prior and prior of the house and was also guardian and vicor of the Fraternity of the Franciscan Order of Hasselt for 26 years. He was known to be a constant writer. It was believed that he had the power to read and penetrate a visitor’s conscience and due to this he became the most sought-after confessor and spiritual director. He had a profound devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus and the Eucharist and personally advocated frequent participation of the communion. He was known to have prayed the way of the cross each and every day.

Valentin Paquay lived a God fulfilling life and passed away at the age of 76 on January 1 1905 in Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium due to natural causes.

Blessed Valentin Paquay Birth

Valentin Paquay was born in November 17 1828 in Tongres, Limburg, Belgium.

Blessed Valentin Paquay Death

He passed away at the age of 76 on January 1 1905 in Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium due to natural causes.

Education

Paquay studied literature at a a college in Tongres and later joined the seminary to study for preisthood in which he succeeded and was ordained.

Family Background

Blessed Valentin Paquay’s parents were Hendrik Paquay and Anne Neven and they had a total of 11 children of which Paquay was the 5th born of them.

Beatification

Blessed Valentin Paquay was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City on November 9 2003.

Venerated in

Blessed Valentin Paquay was named venerable by Pope Paul VI on May 4 1970 and is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.

Blessed Valentin Paquay Attributes

He is attributed as a fransiscan habit.

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