Caesar de Bus was born in Cavaillon, France on February 3, 1544. He was an ex-military soldier who took part in the French “Wars of Religion” and witnessed the “St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre” of French Protestants. He lived as a wealthy man caring more about worldly possessions than his religion, until he got a serious illness causing him to pay more attention to his spirituality. He became a priest and began traveling around, teaching catechism in neglected places. Caesar believed that the church’s greatest weakness was the poor faith formation of the poor. He created a new religious community called “the Fathers of Christian Doctrine” and created a branch for women called “the Ursaline Sisters of Providence”. He was remembered for his spirit of penance and his struggle to overcome the habits of his earlier and wealthier life.
Oh God, who raised up Blessed Caesar in your church to show others the way of salvation, grant us, by his example, to follow Christ the master so that we may come with our neighbor into your presence. Through Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen