Priests of the Holy Face

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Priests of the Holy Face was a Roman Catholic religious institute based in Tours, but with a house also in Rome.


The institute was canonically erected on 8 December 1876 by Archbishop Charles-Théodore Colet of Tours in order to administer the Oratory of the Holy Face, where prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus are recited. Father Peter Javier was its first director.[1]

The oratory started based on the devotion of Venerable Leo Dupont, the Apostle of the Holy Face. At the end of the 19th century Priests of the Holy Face also had a residence in Rome.[2]

The institute does not appear among the religious institutes listed today on the website of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tours.[3]

See also[edit]


  • Joan Carroll Cruz, OCDS. "Saintly Men of Modern Times." (2003) ISBN 1-931709-77-7 page 195


  1. ^ Catholic encyclopedia [1]
  2. ^ The New Zealand Tablet, 1892, page 31 [2]
  3. ^ Diocèse de Tours, Les communautés religieuses