ST. LOUIS MARIE GRIGNION DE MONTFORT
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort was born on 31st January 1673 in the small town of Montfort in France. Even from his childhood days, he was virtuous and exhibited an extraordinary love for the poor.
He loved and admired the Holy Mother of Jesus. He became a priest and worked ceaselessly for God and man. He went about from place to place with the message of God’s love. He taught poor people and championed their cause.He was a great scholar, a powerful speaker, and an author of many spiritual works. His capacity to paint and carve, along with his poetic skills, had made him a spiritual “Loenardo da Vonci”. He never bothered about the consequences of telling the truth and doing what was right before the eyes of God. He was victimized by the world for his honesty and conviction.
As a result, he died on 28 April 1716, at an early age of 43. He was acclaimed as Saint by the people and the Church authorities. He established groups of men and women to carry on his good works. One such organization is the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, who are making his dreams come true at Montfort Valley School, Murickumthotty.
Even after more than 300 years, the flame lit by this holy man continues to shine and radiate its light with greater intensity. The students and staff who enter Montfort Valley School share in our Endeavour to pass on this flame to the world over.