- Peter Fourier
name= Saint Peter Fourier
birth_date=November 30, 1565
death_date=December 9, 1640
Roman Catholic Church
caption= "Saint Peter Fourier".
Stained glassof the church in Xertigny( France, Vosges). Artist : Gabriel Loire, 1951.
beatified_by=Pope Benedict XIII
canonized_by=Pope Leo XIII
Peter Fourier (French: Pierre Fourier) (
November 30, 1565- December 9, 1640) was a French saintin the Roman Catholic Churchand priest of Mattaincourt( Vosges) who founded the order of the Daughters of Our Ladyorder. [CathEncy|wstitle=St. Peter Fourier]
He began his monastic career as a canon in the abbey at
Chaumousey, and was ordained a priestat the extraordinary age of twenty-four. He was a scholastic theologian who knew the " Summa Theologica" by heart. In 1597, he was sent to Mattaincourt to shore up religious orthodoxy (i.e. to counter nascent Protestantismin the area). However, he instituted two major reforms that showed his intelligence and concern for his flock. The first of these was to improve the financial lives of his community by setting up a community bank. His second innovation was in his preaching style, where he employed dialogues. He had his pupils engage in dialectics on Sundays on the various virtues and vices in practice by the congregation. This style was immensely successful.
He founded a Congregation of Notre Dame known as the Daughters of Our Lady. This was exported to
Canadaby Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, and it has been highly successful both there and in the United States of America. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XIIIin 1730 and canonized by Pope Leo XIIIin 1897. His feast dayin the Roman Catholic Church is December 9.
* [http://www.saintpetersbasilica.org/Statues/Founders/PeterFourier/Peter%20Fourier.htm Founder Statue in St Peter's Basilica]
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