Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priestand Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI.
As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of consistently praying the Rosary.
Montfort is considered as one of the early Marian proponents of the field of Mariology as it is known today, and a viable candidate to become a Doctor of the Church. His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained inThe Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary.
The Roman Catholic Church, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII canonized Montfort on July 20, 1947. A “founders statue” created by Giacomo Parisini is currently placed at the upper niche of the south nave of Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
The more we devout ourselves to the Blessed Mother, the greater grace and holiness we obtain. This principle applies to the countless Saints of the Church especially to those who have a deeper love for Mary. Saint Louis’ life is one of the tangible proof of tender devotion to Mary. Do you abandon yourself to our heavenly Mother like the Saints do?
you called our fathers to the light of the gospel
by the preaching of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort
By his prayers help us to grow in the love and knowledge of the Immaculate Coredemptrix
and of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ and
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.