France: Montfort sur Meu (Birthplace of St. Louis de Montfort)
About St. Louis de Montfort:
Devotion to Saint Louis de Montfort has brought a degree of fame to this town in Brittany which he was born.
Brittany has a reputation of being the most Catholic area of France and and actually has an ancient dialect, the Breton, which is a language of Celtic origin, and still spoken widely in the region.
Born Saint Louis Marie Grignon, Saint Louis de Montfort was known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and praying the Rosary. He wrote many books on Mariology, perhaps most notably The Secret of the Rosary and True Devotion to Mary.
You can find a selection of books and devotionals to Saint Louis de Montfort in our online store.
The home in which grew up is open to visitors and receives overnight guests as well.
There is a pilgrimage route consecrated to the memory of Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort that starts from here.
Saint Louis de Montfort founded several Congregations: the Daughters of Wisdom, the Brothers of St. Gabriel and the Community of the Holy Spirit.
Traveling to Montfort sur Meu:
There is train service as far as Rennes from several cities in France, including Paris. You can then take a bus for the 15 mile trip from Rennes to Montfort sur Meu. Your train ticket will serve as your bus ticket. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
Address: 15 Rue de la Saulnerie, 35160 Montfort-sur-Meu.
GPS coordinates: 48° 8′ 12.5448” N, 1° 57′ 21.2580” W
We don’t have a website for his birthplace, but click here for a website of the town of Montfort sur Meu describing the house.
And be sure to click here to learn some of the interesting legends and history of Brittany including Duchess Anne of Brittany, who was Queen of France twice!