Feast of St. Francis Regis Clet: February 18

by | Feb 17, 2017 | Congregation of the Mission, Formation

Tomorrow is the feast day of one of our Vincentian Saints, Saint Francis Regis Clet, C.M. He was canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2000.

Fr. Robert Maloney, C.M., writes:

His friends described him as filled with tenderness and compassion. He lived a long, full life. Can you imagine: he was right there at the beginning of the French Revolution. An angry mob invaded the Motherhouse where he was living and destroyed everything. He was the Director of Novices in Paris at the time, a talented, intelligent, friendly man. Sensing that the Congregation was about to be suppressed in France, he offered to go to China and within a few weeks was on his way, knowing that he would never return to see those whom he loved. […] As he arrived in China he wrote: ‘I believe that I am following the will of providence.'”

from HOMILY — PRAYER VIGIL in PREPARATION for the CANONIZATION of FRANCIS REGIS CLET, Rome, Italy, Church of San Gioacchino, September 30, 2000

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