St. John Eudes: The Iconography

In Caen, France, St. John Eudes, Confessor, Apostolic Missionary, and founder of the Congregation of Priests of Jesus and Mary, also of the Monastic Order of Our Lady of Charity. He promoted the liturgical veneration of the Sacred Hearts of Christ and his Mother. Pope Pius XI placed him on the list of saints. – Roman Martyrology for August 19

St. John Eudes, a French priest, founded the Eudists, also known as the Society of Jesus and Mary. The society's primary mission was the education and reform of the clergy. It also promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Butler, III, 351-54). For this reason, St. John's attribute is a burning heart, as on the scroll in the image at left. Sometimes he is also shown holding a crucifix.

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University


St. John Eudes in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome


  • Feast day: August 19
  • Lived 1601-1680