In the heart of the Vendée, 10 kms from Puy du Fou and one hour from Angers, Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre owes its renown as a “holy city of the Vendée” to Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.
Born in 1673 in Brittany, Louis-Marie was an important missionary of his time. Ordained a priest in 1700, he traveled around the regions of Brittany, Normandy and the Pays-de-Loire with a small group of people to announce the Gospel and to give his testimony to his devotion to the Virgin Mary. Before his death on April 28, 1716, he led missions and preached retreats, more than 200 of them. His body lies today in the basilica of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre.
In 1996, during his trip to France, Pope John Paul II came to pray at the tomb of the saint in the basilica. When he was a worker in Poland, the reading of Louis-Marie’s work “Treaty of the True Devotion to Mary” marked a major turning point in his life. The question of priestly vocation would grow in him following the reading of this work.
In France and in the world many Christians were consecrated to the Virgin Mary according to the treaty of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. Today as did Pope John Paul II, pilgrims often come to pray by the tomb of this great missionary saint.
True symbol of religious heritage, here is a beautiful stop-over for your pilgrimage in France.