Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Paris, right near the Pantheon, is the Church of Saint-Etienne (Saint Stephan) du Mont (mount). Saint Stephan was the first martyr and “the mount” refers to the mount Saint Genevieve on which the church is built. The relics of this saint have been in this church since the time of the Middle Ages, and she is a patron saint of Paris. The style is flamboyant gothic and the architecture outside is an indication of the beauty of the roodscreen inside. This is the last church in Paris to have one and it is sumptuous, truly lace in stone.
This is as well the place chosen by Pope John Paul II to canonize Frederic Ozanam during the World Youth Days in Paris in 1997. Frederic Ozanam lived in this intellectual neighborhood, did brilliant studies and developed charitable causes in the service of the poorest of the poor. His works continue here today through the “Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul”. Today as in its beginnings, there are groups of students reaching out to the homeless. His concern for truth, to serve through charitable works and his brilliant success in his studies make him a model for students today.
Today one can discover the beauty of the building, coming to pray, to venerate the tomb of Saint Genevieve and to benefit from the vibrant parish life. There are several daily masses.
It is one of the most beautiful places of the religious heritage in Paris, come here during your pilgrimage in France !