St Claude (1641 -1682) was born into a noble family at Saint Symphorien d-Ozon, France.
After attending Jesuit school, St Claude entered novitiate training with The Society of Jesus at Avignon. Following his ordination, he taught for five years and was then appointed Rector of a Jesuit community and Spiritual Director to its resident group of nuns which included, St Margaret Mary Alacoque (- St Margaret Mary promoted devotion to the Passion of Jesus).
In 1676, St Claude was sent to England as minister to the Duchess of York. Two years later, while awaiting his return to France, he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured as part of the then purge against an alleged plot to overthrow the English Throne. More than 20 of his fellow Jesuits died but he, with the protection of the King of France, as a French citizen, was expelled from England. He spent his final years teaching novices and writing but, his imprisonment had severely weakened his health. He died aged 41yrs.
St Claude de la Colombiere’s Feast Day is 15th February, the day of his death. His Patronages include devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Pray for us that we will persevere in times of trouble and remember the power of prayer to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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