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Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet – Saint of the Day – February 18

Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet Biography

Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet Profile. Born: 1748 AD in France, Europe. Worked in China. Died: 18 February 1820 in China. Feast Day is celebrated on February 18.

The Memorial of Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet – Saint of the Day

Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth

1748 AD

Country of Birth

France in Europe

Matrimony/Holy Orders

Saints who were Priests



Place of Work


Date of Death

18 February 1820

Place of Death


Feast Day

February 18


Beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 27 March 1900


Canonized by Pope John Paul II on 1 October 2000

Patron Saint of


Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet Biography

Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet was the tenth born in a family of fifteen children born of a farmer and a merchant father. He was named after Saint John Francis Regis and raised in a religious family where one of his brothers became a priest and a sister a nun.

Jean studied at the Jesuit Royal College at Grenoble, France and later joined the Congregation of the Mission in France on March 6, 1769, finalizing his vows in 1771.

Jean was then ordained in 1773 and became a professor of moral theology at the Vincentian Seminary in Annecy, France. In1786, he became the rector of Annecy and also had the role of a director of the novice in Paris.

His community was dismantled and their house destroyed by the French Revolution. He then became a missionary to China in 1791 and was assigned to Kiang-si in 1792 working as the only European in the area.

However, he never mastered the area despite having worked for 28 years in the area and then moved to Hou-Kouang in the Hopei Province where he served as a superior of Vincentian missionaries.

On June 16, 1819, he was betrayed by a Christain schoolmaster where they were forced to walk hundreds of miles while in chains. He was later found guilty of preaching to the Chinese people on 1 January 1820 and then MArtyred.

St. Jean-François-Régis Clet
St. Jean-François-Régis Clet