February 4: Blessed Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus

February 4

Optional Memorial

Henri Grialou was born in Aubin, in Aveyron (France), on December 2, 1894. He became a priest, and captivated by the doctrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and St. John of the Cross, he decided to join the Discalced Carmelites. After holding various positions in the governance of the Order, both at the provincial and general level, he was appointed Apostolic Visitor of the Discalced Carmelite nuns and religious assistant to their federations in France. From 1955 he was able to devote himself full-time to the secular institute Notre Dame de Vie, which he started in 1932. He died in Venasque on March 27th, 1967, where he was buried. He was beatified in 2016 by Pope Francis.


February 4 is the Optional Memorial of Blessed Marie Eugene for the Discalced Carmelites. For the Institute Notre Dame de Vie, it is celebrated as a Feast.

The texts for the liturgical propers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours have been approved in Italian and French. The Vice-Postulator Delegate for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Marie-Eugène states that no official English texts have been approved, but ad experimentum translations are to be expected soon. We will share them here as soon as they are available.

To learn more about the Blessed, visit the website dedicated to promoting the cause of canonization of Blessed Marie-Eugene.

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