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Saint John Vianney

Born: May 8, 1786 at Dardilly, Lyonnais, Kingdom of France

Died: August 4, 1859 at Ars-sur-Formans, Ain, France

Venerated: Catholic Church

Canonized: 1925 by Pope Pius XI

Feast Day: August 4

Patronages: Parish Priests, Confessors
PLACES: Archdiocese of Dubuque; Archdiocese of Kansas City

Universally known as the “Cure of Ars,” Saint John Marie Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification.

Accustomed to the most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great mystic manifested imperturbable patience. He was a wonder-worker loved by the crowds, but he retained a child like simplicity, and he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the Heart of Christ.

He heard confessions of people from all over the world for 16 hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is reported that the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. He died on August 4, 1859, and was canonized on May 31, 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

PRAYER: Almighty and merciful God, in Saint John Vianney, You have given us a Priest outstanding in pastoral zeal. Through his intercession help us to win men for Christ and together with them attain eternal glory. Amen.