St. Louis de Montfort was an influential Roman Catholic Mariologist in the seventeenth century, known for his devotion to Mary and his spreading of the holy rosary. His insight has inspired thousands—influencing even Pope John Paul II—and his devotions have been shared among Catholics for centuries. The St. Louis de Montfort Collection contains his three most famous works, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, The Secret of the Rosary, and The Secret of Mary, and contains a short biography produced by a religious order founded by St. Louis himself.
These volumes were almost completely lost to the Catholic Church. At the time of the French Revolution in 1793, most of the manuscripts of True Devotion were burned, lost, or buried. In 1842, it was finally rediscovered—by chance—in a library of St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre (where St. Louis passed away), having been shuffled in with miscellaneous books. The manuscript was taken to Rome, where it was recognized by its doctrine and style as the writing of St. Louis de Montfort. Its rediscovery preceded and contributed to the revival of Mariological devotions worldwide.
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Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673–1716) was a Catholic priest, missionary, and writer. He was ordained in 1700 at St. Sulpice in Paris. Wanting to become a missionary to Canada, he sought the approval of his bishop but was advised to remain in France. So he traveled throughout France, preaching against Jansenism and spreading devotion to Mary and her Son. He founded three religious orders, the Daughters of Wisdom, the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, and the Brothers of St. Gabriel. He died peacefully on April 28, 1716, in St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre. He was canonized as a Roman Catholic Saint in 1947, and is a candidate consideration to become a Doctor of the Church.