Born Guillaume de Grimoald, Pope Urban V was a native of France, growing up in Languidoc. While we know little about his early life, he became a Benedictine monk, earning a doctorate in Canon Law, and taught at Montpellier and Avignon. As abbot of the Saint-Victor community in Marseilles, he was chosen as a papal legate, and sent on various missions to Avignon and Naples. It was during one of these trips that he was elected pope, after the first man offered the position declined. Pope Urban V served the Church for eight years, from 1362 until his death.
“among ordinary people.”
Virtuous and honest, Pope Urban V sought to return the seat of the papacy to Rome, from Avignon where it had been exiled years prior. He died before being able to accomplish this task, but set the stage the later move. It is said that as he lay dying in his brother’s house, he called the people to surround his deathbed saying “the people must see how popes die.” His body, was buried at Avignon and then later translated to Marseille according to his wishes. Pope Urban’s tomb became the site of many miracles.
Year 2: Day 353 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Honesty, virtue, justice in the Church.
Requested Intentions: Healing (M); Safety, security, and sanctity for a family (A); Healing (N); Successful relationship (N); Healing of a friend; growth in the Lord (M); To hear and answer the Lord’s call (M); Healing of a friend undergoing chemotherapy (L); For the peace, safety, and holiness of a sister (J); Financial security (C); Conversion of a newly married couple (M); Peace in a family (S); Peaceful repose of departed mother (J); Blessings on a relationship (J); Financial security, successful employment (J); Obedience to God’s will (A); Conversion of souls (A); Success of business venture; faith of daughter (S); Safe return home (J); Recovery of mother and son; repose of the souls of the dearly departed (A); Blessings upon a relationship (M); Sobriety and recovery for a son (M); Employment and successful marriage (A); Employment, healing, freedom from anxiety (T); Financial security (C); Conversion (T); Peace in difficult times at work (E); Financial security and blessings for mother and children (T); Financial security for a mother (M); Health, finances, successful marriage (A); Successful resolution of court case for son (K); Continued sobriety (N); Healing of a chronic health condition (B); Successful employment (A): Peace in a family, recovery of a niece from substance use (L); Blessings on a marriage, healing of a husband (P); For the health and recovery of sisters (B); For a daughter and granddaughter (D); Blessings on overseas employment (M); Healing of mother (L).