Chronology

   

1811

St. Peter Julian Eymard born at La Mure, near Grenoble, France (4 February).

   

1823

First Holy Communion (16 March) aged twelve, following a solo pilgrimage to the shrine of Notre-Dame du Laus.

   

1829

Enters novitiate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (7 June). Returns to La Mure after a breakdown in health (November) and defers his vocation.

   

1831

Enters the major seminary of Grenoble (September).

   

1834

Ordained a priest of the diocese of Grenoble (20 July). Appointed assistant-priest at Chatte.

   

1836

Mystical experience or close awareness of God at the summit of the Rock of Saint-Romans.

   

1837

Posted to Monteynard as parish priest (July).

   

1839

Enters novitiate of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers) at Lyons (20 August).

   

1840

Professes vows in the Society of Mary (February) and begins a four-year term as spiritual director at the Marist College of Belley.

   

1844

Appointed provincial of the Society of Mary in Lyons (November).

   

1849

Meets with members of the Association of Nocturnal Adorers in Paris (January) and is convinced of the importance of eucharistic worship.

   

1851

Moves to establish a Marist community devoted to eucharistic adoration, after praying at the Basilica of Fourvière (21 January). Appointed superior of the Marist College at La Seyne-sur-mer (September).

   

1855

Drafts initial rules for a future eucharistic religious congregation (May), but is told to abandon his eucharistic projects by the Marist superior-general Fr Julien Favre (June).

   

1856

Receives consent of the Paris bishops to establish the Blessed Sacrament Congregation (13 May), after leaving the Society of Mary. First community established at 114 rue d’Enfer, Paris.

   

1857

Begins public exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Paris (6 January) and later initiates a eucharistic association with lay members that becomes known as the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament.

   

1858

Collaborates with Marguerite Guillot to establish a contemplative eucharistic religious congregation for women, now known as the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament.

   

1859

Professes vows of ‘perpetual service of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament’ with three other Congregation members (2 March). Community at Marseilles established by Fr Raymond de Cuers (9 November), after a request from Bishop Eugène de Mazenod.

   

1862

Community established at Angers (December).

   

1863

Pope Pius IX grants a Decree of Approbation to the Blessed Sacrament Congregation (8 May), effective from 3 June 1863.

   

1865

Recognises the importance of the ‘gift of self’ during a nine-week retreat in Rome (January to March).

   

1866

Community established at Brussels, Belgium (2 February).

   

1868

Dies, aged 57, at La Mure, France (1 August).

   

1877

Remains removed from La Mure and interred in the Blessed Sacrament Congregation Chapel of Corpus Christi in Paris.

   

1898

Canonisation processes begin.

   

1908

Cause for sainthood is approved by Pope Pius X, who declares Eymard ‘Venerable’ (August).

   

1916

Cure of Lucinda Cifuentes of Santiago, Chile from stomach cancer is attributed to Eymard’s intercession.

   

1919

Cure of Renée Fouchereau of Angers, France from tuberculosis is attributed to Eymard’s intercession.

   

1925

Pope Pius XI beatifies Eymard (12 July) after acceptance of the 1916 and 1919 cures as miraculous.

   

1948

Cure of Charles Verdier of Bourges, France from tuberculosis of the bone is attributed to Eymard’s intercession.

   

1949

Cure of Dora Bartels of Melbourne, Australia from mitral valve stenosis (following a novena at St Francis’ Church) is attributed to Eymard’s intercession.

   

1962

Pope John XXIII canonises Eymard a saint (9 December) after acceptance of the 1948 and 1949 cures as miraculous.

   

1995

Pope John-Paul II decrees that Eymard’s feast day be inserted in the General Roman Calendar, to be celebrated each year on 2 August.