Saint of the Day – 15 February – Saint Claude de la Colombiere

The Memorial of Saint Claude de la Colombiere

Saint Claude de la Colombiere is the Patron Saint of Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saint Claude de la Colombiere Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersPriests who became Saints

Saint Claude de la Colombiere brief life History

Date of Birth 2 February 1641
Country of Birth France in Europe
Profession Religious, priest and confessor
Place of Work France
Date of Death 15 February 1682 (aged 41)
Place of Death Paray-le-Monial, Duchy of Burgundy, Kingdom of France
Feast Day 15 February
Beatification By Pope Pius XI on 16 June 1929 in Vatican City
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on 31 May 1992 in Vatican City
Patron Saint of Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saint Claude de la Colombiere Short life History

Saint Claude de la Colombiere was also known as Claudius de la Columbiere

Born to the French nobility, Claude early felt a call to religious life. Educated at Jesuit college in Lyons, France and became a Priest. Taught humanities at Avignon, France. He Continued his studies in Paris, France and became a Tutor. He Preached against Jansenism, advocating dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He Joined the Jesuits in 1659 and became Spiritual director of Saint Margaret Mary of Alocoque.

He became Chaplain to Mary Beatrice d’Este, the Duchess of York. He converted many Protestants through the example of his holy life. Due to rumours of “Popish plots” against the king and the re-establishment Catholicism, Claude was imprisoned, accused of being part of the Titus Oates Plot. It was only by the efforts of Louis XIV, who had recommended him for the assignment, that he was not martyred. Banished from England. His health had been ruined by his time in prison, and he returned to Paray to die.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

The day after his death, Saint Margaret received supernatural assurance that Claude needed no prayers, as he was in already heaven. He is considered a “dry” martyr, having suffered every abuse for the faith except death.

Saint Claude de la Colombiere