In an article in Vincentiana, Father André Sylvestre C.M., Province of Toulouse, wrote:
“On 2 June 1996, in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father proclaimed John Gabriel Perboyre a saint.
But John Gabriel did not become a saint in one day by some magic wand. We had been waiting for a long time, more than 150 years, for this official decision by the Church, and we thought that it was very late in coming…. we already had clear testimony from people who knew him at different points in his life.”
Learn more about the early life and formation of St. John Gabriel Perboyre, whose feast day is September 11, in this presentation. Below the presentation is an interesting piece found on YouTube: a video tour of Perboyre’s birthplace in France, featuring interviews with the descendants of his family.