Saint Eugene de Mazenod
(August 1 1782
- May 21 1861
) born Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod and more commonly known as Eugene de Mazenod
, was a French Catholic clergyman, beatified
on 19 October 1975
by Pope Paul VI
, and canonized
on 3 December 1995
by Pope John Paul II
After spending his youth in Italy
to get away from the mayhem subsequent to the French Revolution
, he returned to France and was made a priest in Amiens
In 1816 he founded the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
From 1837 to 1861 he was bishop of Marseille. During his episcopacy he commissioned Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, an ornate Neo-Byzantine basilica on the south side of the old port of Marseille.