Today, February 4, is the memorial of our newest beatified friar, Bl. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus. As a diocesan priest who entered Carmel five years after my ordination, I received much guidance from the writings and example of this great man who shared with me a common path. This post will focus mainly on his vocation to enter Carmel.
Henri Grialou (he took the name Marie-Eugene in Carmel) was born in 1894 in the Aveyron region of France. He discerned a call to the priesthood at a young age, entered the minor seminary, but his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. After distinguishing himself on the front he reentered seminary in 1919.