St. Louis De Montfort Prayer
O God, Who in the power
of the Holy Spirit
have made Saint Louis-Marie
an ardent apostle of Christ Crucified
and a faithful son of the Virgin Mary;
Grant that through his example and
intercession, we may be renewed
in the spirit of our baptism
and be always faithful to
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit. One God,
forever and ever. Amen.
About St. Louis De Montfort
St. Louis de Montfort’s life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mother Mary, the blessed mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church. He, Louis Marie Grignion, was born in 1673 at Montfort, France. At the age of twelve, he went to study at the Jesuit college at Rennes, where he made frequent visits before the Blessed Sacraments.
He listened to stories from the local priest of his life as a missionary, which encouraged Louis to pursue his vocation. At age nineteen, he walked to Paris to study theology and along the way gave away all he owned to the poor. He was ordained in 1700 and was assigned as chaplain to the hospital in Poitiers. There he met Blessed Marie Louise Trichet who would later help him to organize the Daughters of Divine Wisdom known for the teaching of children and the care of the poor.
Louis Marie traveled to Rome and Pope Clement XI appointed him Apostolic Missionary, sending him back to France. He preached missions from Brittany to Nantes. His success caused such great controversy that attempts were made to kill him. He worked hard to further his devotion to the Blessed Mother through the rosary. He wrote the now famous books True Devotion to the Blessed Mother, the Secret of the Rosary and the Secret of Mary.
In 1715, he organized the Company of Mary (the Montfort Fathers), a missionary group of priests, and along with Blessed Marie Louise Trichet opened a school in La Rochelle. The following year he died at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized a Saint in 1947.
Feast Day: April 28
Name Meaning: Famous Warrior
Patron Saint of: Preachers
Is St. Louis de Montfort a Doctor of the Church?
St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort was a French priest and is now a canonized Catholic Saint. Highly esteemed, Montfort is considered as one of the early proponents of the theological field of Mariology. He is a candidate to become a Doctor of the Church.
What did St Louis de Montfort say about the Holy Name of Mary?
Of Montfort’s many brilliant writings on the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the more well known statements quoted about her is: “…of all creatures [created beings] the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, His [chosen] Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to her the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ” (True Devotion; St. Louis de Montfort).