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St. Peter Julian Eymard was born at La Mure in the diocese of Grenoble in the French Alps in 1811 and ordained priest in 1834. In 1839 he entered the Marist Congregation at Lyon that was still in its infancy, where he became the main collaborator with Fr. Jean-Claude Colin the founder. His ministry with the Marist group was intensive and led to him becoming the provincial and thus visiting many of the Marist communities in France including Paris. It was on a visit here that he met the Association of the nocturnal adorers of the Blessed Sacrament of the shrine of perpetual adoration for the Marist Congregation. The superiors believed this was not part of their charism and moved him to a Marist college outside Paris in the hope that he would forget the idea.

He felt deeply about the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and decided to leave the Marists in 1856 and with a French diocesan priest Fr Raymond de Cuers decided to establish a group dedicated to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They found a house to rent ironically in a street called rue d’Enter (Hell Street). He decided that this would be his life’s work to found a religious congregation devoted to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (The Blessed Sacrament Fathers). It was immediately approved by the local bishop and in 1863 by Pope Pius IX.

He died at the age of 57 after a life of strenuous work and difficulties in founding the congregation in his native village of La Mure on 1st August 1868. He was canonised in 1962 and in 1995 recorded in the Roman calender as “apostle of the Eucharist”.


In every century, sin has been painfully real in the life of the Church. It is easy to give in to despair, to speak so strongly of human failings that people may forget the immense and self-sacrificing love of Jesus, as his death on the cross and his gift of the Eucharist make evident. Peter Julian knew that the Eucharist was key to helping Catholics live out their baptism and preach by word and example the Good News of Jesus Christ.


“The Eucharist is the supreme proof of the love of Jesus. After this, there is nothing more but Heaven itself,”

“The Eucharist is the link that binds the Christian family together. Take away the Eucharist and you have no brotherliness left,”

“Give thanks therefore to God the Father for having given you His divine Son not only as Brother in the Incarnation, as Teacher of truth, and as Savior on the Cross, but especially as your Eucharist, your bread of life, your heaven already begun.”

“Thank the Holy Ghost for continuing, through the priests, to produce Him daily on the altar, as He did the first time in Mary’s virginal womb.”

“Let your thanksgiving ascend to the throne of the Lamb, to the Hidden God as a sweet-smelling incense, as the most beautiful hymn of your soul, as the purest and tenderest love of your heart.”

“Thank Him in all humility of heart, like Saint Elizabeth in the presence of Mary and the Word Incarnate; thank Him with the vibrant ardor of Saint John the Baptist when he felt the closeness of his divine Master, hidden like himself in His mother’s womb; thank Him with the joy and generosity of Zacheus when he received the visit of Jesus in his house; thank Him with the Holy Church and the heavenly court.”

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