Franciscan Saints

11th January

The Servant of God Valentine Paquay

Confessor, First Order

Louis Valentine Paquay was born at Tongern on 17th November 1828 in the shadow of the venerable basilica of Our Lady, Cause of Our Joy, he was the fifth of eleven children born to Hendrik Paquay and Anne Neven, a Godly couple who raised all their children to have a strong connection to the Church.

Louis studied literature at the College in Tongres. He entered Saint Trond Seminary in 1845. When his father died unexpectedly in 1847, Louis left school to join the Franciscans, making his vows on 4th October 1850 and taking the name Valentine. He then resumed his studies, and was ordained on 10th June 1854. Assigned to the monastery of Hasselt, Belgium where he lived for the rest of his life.

He served as sub-prior and prior of the house. Serving as a Provincial Definitor from 1890 to 1899 Louis was a noted, eloquent and popular preacher. Writing constantly he had the gift of reading a visitor’s conscience, and became sought after confessor and spiritual director. Valentine had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist, and promoted frequent communion. He also had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and encouraged it as well, especially to his fellow Franciscans. He prayed the Way of the Cross each day.

  • Lois Valentine Paquy died 1 January 1905 in Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium of natural causes

  • Venerated 4 May 1970 by Pope Paul VI

  • Beatified 9 November 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Prayer of the church

O God, who dost behold our weakness, watch over our interior

and exterior, so that we may be protected in body from all adversities

and be preserved in soul from all evil Thoughts.

Through Christ Our Lord, who liveth and reigneth
Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God now and forever




 Reading; Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago, Illinois

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