Pierre Chaignon

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Pierre Chaignon, S.J.
Religion Roman Catholic
Order Society of Jesus
Nationality French
Born (1791-10-08)October 8, 1791
Saint-Pierre-la-Cour, France
Died September 20, 1883(1883-09-20) (aged 91)
Angers, France
Religious career
Ordination August 14, 1819

Pierre Chaignon, S.J. (1791–1883) was a French Jesuit priest and spiritual writer.[1]


Pierre Chaignon was born in Saint-Pierre-la-Cour, Mayenne, France, on October 8, 1791.[1]

He was professed into the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1819 at the age of 27, and spent his life as a priest in the spiritual direction of other priests, giving an estimated three hundred retreats to French clergy over the course of thirty years.[1] He wrote a book of spiritual meditations for priests entitled Méditationes sacerdotales and established a Union of Prayer for Deceased Priests which was canonically erected into a confraternity in 1861.[1]

He died at Angers on September 20, 1883.[1]


  • Méditationes Sacerdotales (English: Sacerdotal Meditations or Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy)
  • Le Salut Facilité aux Pécheurs par la Dévotion au Très Saint et Immaculé Coeur de Marie (English: The Easy Salvation of Sinners by Devotion of the Most Sacred and Immaculate Heart of Mary)
  • Les Six Dimanches de St. Louis de Gonzague (English: Six Sundays of St. Aloysius Gonzaga)
  • Le Prêtre è l'Autel (English: The Priest and the Altar or The Sacrifice of the Mass Worthily Celebrated)
  • Paix de l'Ame (English: Peace of Soul)


  1. ^ a b c d e Campbell, Thomas (1908). "Pierre Chaignon". The Catholic Encyclopedia 3. Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 

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