St. John-Francis Regis, the great “father of the poor,” was a Jesuit evangelist and preacher. He was born in Font-Couverte, France in 1597, the son of a rich merchant. John studied at Beziers and was accepted into the Society of Jesus in 1615. He also studied at Cahors and Toulouse and was ordained in 1631. The rest of his life was spent preaching and establishing charitable institutions, confraternities, and missions in southern France.
St. Regis was not only a profound preacher, but the founder of orphanges and improver of prison conditions. He also established a lace factory as a form of skilled labor for repentant prostitutes. John-Francis worked intensely with the neglected until, suffering from exhaustion, he died at the age of forty-three. He also performed many miracles. He was canonized in 1737. His Feast Day is June 16th. He is the patron saint of lacemakers, medical social workers, and illegitimate children.
The first Mass in our newly renovated church will take place on Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us for this very special Mass of Thanksgiving and Renewal. Until that time all weekend Masses will be held in the St. Regis Gym, and daily Masses will be held in the Father Shields Club Room. After June 14, all daily and weekend Masses will be held in the church. Please click on the Mass Schedule link to the right for more information.