Father Claude Bernard
- March 23
) was a French Roman Catholic
priest who was primarily active in ministry to prisoners and criminals, especially those condemned to death. He is primarily remembered as the popularizer of the Memorare
, of which he distributed more than 200,000 leaflets printed in various languages. He claimed in a letter to Queen Anne of Austria
, wife of King Louis XIII of France
, that he had himself been miraculously cured of illness through intercession
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
as a result of his reciting the prayer.
He was the subject of a 1913 biography in French, Claude Bernard dit le pauvre prêtre by Commandeur de Broqua, who was the postulator for the cause of Fr. Bernard's canonization.