St. Louis IX

Dates: 1214 – 1270
Feast: Aug. 25
Image Source: © Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library

Louis IX was a great French king who combined his love of Christ and the Church with a willingness to serve his country. He protected and helped the French priests, set up shelters and hospitals for the poor and sick, and built beautiful churches for the people of France. He also gave thought to his own prayer life, spending many hours in prayer for himself and his country.