Saint John Vianney

Saint John Vianney  chaplet information

Also known as: Curé of Ars
Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney
Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney
Jean-Baptiste Vianney
John Baptist Vianney
John Vianney

Memorial: 4 August

Profile Born to a farm family. In his youth John taught other children their prayers and catechism. Ordained in 1815, though it took several years of study - he had little education, was not a very good student, and his Latin was terrible. Assigned as a parochial vicar to Ecully, France. In 1818 he was assigned to the parish of Ars-sur-Formans, France, a tiny village near Lyons, which suffered from very lax attendance. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor, spent days in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, did penance for his parishioners, and leading his people by example. Had the gifts of discernment of spirits, prophecy, hidden knowledge, and of working miracles. Tormented by evil spirits, especially when he tried to get his 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Crowds came to hear him preach, and to make their reconciliation because of his reputation with penitents; by 1855 there were 20,000 pilgrims a year to Ars. Spent 40 years as the parish priest.

Born: 8 May 1786 at Dardilly, Lyons, France
Died: 4 August 1859 at Ars, France of natural causes interred in the basilica of Ars
Venerated: 826 July 1896 by Pope Leo XIII
Beatified: 8 January 1905 by Pope Saint Pius X
Canonized: 31 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI
Patronage: confessors, Dubuque, Iowa, archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, archdiocese of, Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney, priests

Reference from:
(Jones, Terry H. Patron Saints Index. 08-03, 2009).

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010.

With the announcement of this Year for Priests, the Pope has declared St. John Vianney the Universal Patron of Priests on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the Curé d’Ars.

Reference from:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

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