Important dates in the life of Fr. Moreau
1799 Born February 11, 1799 in Laigné-en-Belin, a little village near Le Mans, France, the 9th of 14 children; his father was a wine merchant.
1814 Entered the diocesan seminary.
1821 Ordained a priest at age 22.
1835 Taught and served as assistant superior in Le Mans; named leader of the Brothers of St. Joseph founded by Fr. Jacques Dujarié. Founded the society of Auxiliary Priests.
1837 United the brothers and priests into the Association of Holy Cross.
1840 Professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
1844 Received the vows of Leocadie Gascoin and three Marianites.
1857 Received papal approval of the constitutions for the Association, which became the Congregation of Holy Cross.
1866 Resigned as superior general, but continued an active preaching and retreat ministry.
1872 Celebrated his Golden Jubilee.
1873 Died on January 20 at age 73.
1955 The cause for his beatification was introduced in Rome.
2003 Proclaimed Venerable.
2007 Beatified in Le Mans