Feast of St. John Gabriel Perboyre

by | Sep 11, 2016 | Formation

September 11 is the feast day of St. John Gabriel Perboyre, C.M., missioner to China and holy martyr.


  • Born January 6, 1802
  • Raised in rural southern France
  • Wished to go to China to preach the Gospel to the people
  • A year of persecutions and cruel tortures in a Chinese prison
  • Executed on September 11, 1840

Learn more in the presentation below.

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The Prayer of St. John Gabriel Perboyre

O my Divine Savior, transform me into Yourself. May my hands be the hands of Jesus. May my tongue be the tongue of Jesus. Grant that every faculty of my body may serve only to glorify You. Above all, transform my soul and all its powers so that my memory, will and affections may be the memory, will and affections of Jesus. I pray You to destroy in me all that is not of You. Grant that I may live but in You, by You and for You, so that I may truly say, with St. Paul, “I live– now not I– but Christ lives in me.”


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