The history of France is crisscrossed with great holy people who were influential through their total devotion to Christ. They honored the vocation of France as the “Eldest daughter of the Church”, a title that France has held since the conversion of Clovis, the first Christian French king.
Among the first saints to mark France is Saint Mary Magdalene (who knew Christ), Saint Denis (First bishop of Paris and a martyr) Saint Irenaeus, Saint Blandina (martyr in Lyon at the hands of the Romans), and Saint Remi (who converted Clovis). Closer to contemporary times one discovers Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (known for his devotion to the Virgin Mary that inspired Pope John Paul II), Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (doctor of the Church), Saint John Vianney (Curé d’Ars and patron saint of all priests), Saint Bernadette Soubirous (witness of the Lourdes apparitions), Saint Vincent de Paul (apostle of charity), and Saint Théophane Vénard (missionary martyred in Asia)…and so many others as well.
This pilgrimage of 12 days, from east to west on the road with the great saints of France, is an extraordinary spiritual itinerary, rich and diverse.