St Peter Julian Eymard was born at La Mure, near Grenoble, France on 4 February 1811. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps, the market town of La Mure had a population of around two thousand in the early nineteenth century. Most of the people were Catholic, like the Eymard family, and many were employed in the local anthracite mines.
Eymard’s father Julien was a cutler with a modest business in the town’s main street. He supplemented his income by selling oil pressed from nuts, and sometimes by quarrying and farming.
Julien Eymard’s first wife Jeanne-Marie died young, as did most of their six children. In 1804, he married a second time, to Marie-Madeleine Pelorse. Peter Julian was the fourth child of this marriage and the first to survive infancy.
If Peter Julian Eymard had followed his father’s wishes, he might have taken over the family business and remained at La Mure for the whole of his life. But Eymard heard another call, and he became a priest. In later life, when Eymard travelled far from the town of his birth and boyhood, he never lost his love for the mountains of La Mure.
The town of La Mure is the birthplace of St Peter Julian Eymard. It is where Eymard was raised as a child and where he worked in his father’s business. He attended school at La Mure and served as an altar boy at Masses in the local church. La Mure is the place where Eymard’s pilgrimage began, and where he returned to die.
Six Eymardian places at La Mure are described on this website:
- Chapelle St Pierre-Julien Eymard
- Église Notre Dame de l’Assomption
- Eymard’s Birthplace
- Eymard’s House
- Eymard’s Original Burial Place
- Le Calvaire
Saint Peter Julian Eymard and his Hometown : By Eric Marchand. Part One of a series of four articles originally published in Partager, transl. Robert Lussier SSS and republished in Bread, Broken & Shared, Nov/Dec 2011 (PDF: 1.9 MB)
La Mure and Its People in the Correspondence of Saint Peter Julian Eymard: Father Eymard’s Love for his Native Land : By Marie Thérèse Joubert. Part Two of a series of four articles originally published in Partager, transl. Robert Lussier SSS and republished in Bread, Broken & Shared, Jan/Feb 2012 (PDF: 2.4 MB)
Saint Peter Julian Eymard of La Mure: A Powerful Call : By André Guitton SSS. Part Three of a series of four articles originally published in Partager, transl. Robert Lussier SSS and republished in Bread, Broken & Shared, Mar/Apr 2012 (PDF: 2.8 MB)
Father Eymard and the ‘Memory’ of his Baptism : Manuel Barbiero SSS. Part Four of a series of four articles originally published in Partager, transl. Robert Lussier SSS and republished in Bread, Broken & Shared, May/Jun 2012 (PDF: 2.6 MB)
La Matheysine [French]
Around La Mure [Video (15:28): Watch on YouTube] Aerial views of the spectacular landscape in the vicinity of La Mure township (featured at 7:50 to 9:50 minutes’ elapsed time).