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Ven. Father Basil Moreau

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Rebroadcast of the long running radio program, "The Ave Maria Hour", a presentation of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. www.AtonementFriars.org 

Father Basil Anthony Marie Patrice Moreau, CSC (February 11, 1799 – January 20, 1873) was the French priest who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross from which three additional congregations were founded, namely the Marianites of Holy Cross, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and the Sisters of Holy Cross. Father Moreau was proclaimed Venerable on September 15, 2007 in Le Mans, France by Pope John Paul II. 

From the beginning of his life as a priest, Father Moreau was concerned about Catholic education. At 22, he was ordained a priest. An exception was made for this early ordination to compensate for the large number of priests killed during the French Revolution.  Much of Fr Moreau's work aimed to repair the damage done by the French Revolution, first by giving the seminarians a solid formation, and second by preaching popular missions to the faithful. 

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