John Francis Regis

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Saint John Francis Regis
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Saint John Regis (date unknown)
Confessor
Born (1597-01-31)31 January 1597
Fontcouverte (Aude), France
Died 30 December 1640(1640-12-30) (aged 43)
Lalouvesc (Ardèche), France
Honored in Catholic Church
Beatified 18 May 1716, Rome by Pope Clement XI
Canonized 5 April 1737, Rome by Pope Clement XII
Major shrine Lalouvesc, France
Feast 10 September; 16 June (on some local calendars)
Patronage Regis University, Regis High School, New York City, Regis Jesuit High School Aurora, CO lacemakers

Jean-François Régis, known as Saint John Francis Regis and St. Regis, (31 January 1597 – 30 December 1640), was a French priest of the Society of Jesus, recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. His feast day is 16 June.

Legacy[edit]

In a 1997 letter to the Bishop of Viviers, Blessed John Paul II commemorated the fourth centenary of St. John Francis Regis' birth, honoring him as a “lofty figure of holiness” and an example for the Church in the modern world.[1]

Today, Regis' name lives on across the world. There is a St. Regis Lake, Mount St. Regis, Regis High School (Manhattan and Denver), St. Regis Hotels, St. Regis apartments, and St. Regis swimming pools.[2]

Parishes are dedicated to St. John Francis Regis in Arnaudville, Louisiana;[3] Hollywood, Maryland; [4] and Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Each year on the Feast Day of St. Regis, Regis University (Denver, Colorado) community celebrates Regis Day with an ice cream social and photo contest. At the 2012 celebration, over 400 people gathered for free root beer floats. Volunteers served over 18 gallons of root beer and 1,000 scoops of ice cream.[2]

The Regis Campus of Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview is named in his honor, as well as, numerous elementary and high schools worldwide, including Regis High School in New York City, Regis School of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, and Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, where a Roman Catholic church named for him stands, is also named in his honor, due to his admiration for the native inhabitants of North America.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. John Francis Regis" Catholic News Agency
  2. ^ a b "A Tireless Saint from Southern France", Regis University, Denver, Colorado
  3. ^ St. John Francis Regis Catholic church, Arnaudville, Louisiana
  4. ^ St. John's Parish, Hollywood, Maryland
  5. ^ St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, Kansas city, Missouri
  6. ^ William C. Sturtevant Handbook of North American Indians 1978 p473 "It was named Saint Regis in memory of Jean Francois Regis, a French ecclesiastic canonized in 1737 who before his death in 1640 at the age of 43 had wanted to become a missionary to the Iroquois (Hough 1853:113-114). "

Sources[edit]

  • Lives of the Saints, For Every Day of the Year, edited by Rev. Hugo Hoever, S.O.Cist., Ph.D., New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1955