Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianist Family, was born on April 8, 1761, and died on January 22, 1850. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000.
O Lord, you gave Blessed William Joseph,
The grace to dedicate himself
Totally to the Virgin Mother of God,
In order to transmit faith in the world;
Grant that, following his example,
We may bear witness to Christ
By the holiness of our lives.
He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen.