Jacques-Desiré Laval was born in Croth, Normandy, on September 18, 1803. He became a doctor, but always felt God’s call to be a priest and a missionary.
“True. I hesitated all along between the priesthood and medicine. I chose medicine and now I see that I was wrong. God is calling me. This is my vocation. As a priest I shall be able to more good. I must follow the voice of God.”
Jacques Laval was ordained in 1838 and served as a parish priest in Pinterville, a small parish of 486 inhabitants. He loved young children and became a popular teacher of catechism. Much as Fr Laval wanted to work on the foreign missions, he made no move to have himself appointed to the missions. He was awaiting God’s call if that was God’s will.